place to ensure the safety and security of our nation. Pence, however, did not disavow the discriminatory ban on Muslim immigration proposed by Trump. His campaign has called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” The debate showed a clear distinction between the two campaigns, one that endeavors to balance the dignity of immigrants and their families alongside the need to secure our country. The other seeks to continue and expand upon today’s failed enforcement-only policies that leave many communities living in the shadows of society. FREE SUBSCRIPTION SIGN-UP Monthly Digital Edition Airport/Seaport Newsletter Daily Insider Newsletter GSN Media Kit CLICK HERE Class action lawsuit challenging failure of CBP to respond to Freedom of Information requests is dismissed following settlement Washington, D.C. - This week, in accordance with a settlement reached by the parties, a federal district court dismissed a class action lawsuit which challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was filed in 2015 by five immigration attorneys and 13 noncitizens, all of whom had filed FOIA requests that had been pending between 7 and 24 months—significantly longer than the 20-business day period set by law for an agency to respond to a FOIA request. At the time of filing, CBP had a staggering backlog of over 30,000 FOIA requests that had been pending for more than 20 business days, many for months or years. During the course of the lawsuit, CBP implemented new procedures for handling FOIA requests and devoted additional staff. Conse- 30 quently, at the time of the settlement, CBP’s backlog had been reduced to approximately 3,000 FOIA requests, most of which were complex, and CBP generally was responding to new requests within 20 days. In the settlement, CBP committed to continuing its efforts to timely process FOIA requests. Additionally, the agency committed to increased transparency about its performance; CBP will now post monthly FOIA statistics to its website, including the total number of FOIA requests pending, how long they have been pending, how many new requests are received each month, and how many are processed. The Law Office of Stacy Tolchin, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the American Immigration Council represented the plaintiffs.
GSN’s 2016 Homeland Security Awards Program Now Accepting Entries at: www.gsnmagazine.com/hsa2016/welcome The 2016 Government Security News Awards Program, featuring many new categories in Cybersecurity, Physical Security, Government Agency Innovations and Mobile Technologies will open for entries on August 24 and will close for entries on November 15. In good news for Winners and Finalists, GSN will be reinstating its annual Homeland Security Awards Dinner in Washington, DC in the first week of December, in a venue to be announced. Longtime participants in the GSN awards programs will recall that previous GSN Awards Dinners have featured top government, military leaders and respected television commentators such as 4-Star General Barry McCaffrey (Ret); Fran Townsend, Homeland Security Advisor to George W. Bush, James Kallstrom, Assistant Director of the FBI and Admiral Thad Allen (Ret), Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard who came out of retirement twice to serve his county, first in Hurricane Katrina and later in the BP Oil Spill. The cost of an entry for vendors is $300 per entry, but there is no charge for government agencies or departments. All Winners and Finalists receive Awards Emblems, and all Winners receive a handsome, gold-trimmed plaque describing their winning entries. All Winners and Finalists will also be invited to participate in the 2016 Digital Yearbook of Awards Winners. To see photo gallery of previous Awards Dinners: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44536438@N06/ For information on the Awards Dinner or Sponsorships, Contact Adrian Courtenay, Managing Partner, at email@example.com, (Mobile) 917-696-5782