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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington

Immigration

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For too long, Congress has ignored taking meaningful action to address our broken immigration system. As a result, we have a deeply flawed system that is not working for our communities, businesses, immigrants, or families. I believe we have an historic opportunity to fix the nation's broken immigration system in a bipartisan way so that it works for families and our economy.

Now is the time for serious, comprehensive reform. We need an immigration system that takes a balanced, responsible approach to securing our borders that also recognizes the enormous contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to our nation. This means focusing our enforcement resources on individuals who pose a legitimate threat to public safety, not honor students and hardworking people adding value to our economy.

Comprehensive immigration reform should eliminate backlogs, reunite families and meet the demands of our nation’s 21st century economy. That’s why, in the 113th Congress, I was a lead sponsor of a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (H.R. 15). This legislation would secure our borders, protect our workers, unite families, and offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship. Unfortunately, we never had the opportunity to vote on this important legislation, but I remain fully committed to continuing to work toward a balanced, responsible approach to fixing our immigration system.

I strongly support an earned path to citizenship for those who are already here, working and making positive contributions to their communities. We must ensure American employers and entrepreneurs can attract and hire the workforce demanded by a highly competitive 21st century economy. Our local employers, whether in technology, manufacturing, or agriculture, need an immigration system that works for them and helps create jobs. That’s why in the 114th Congress, I’ve opposed partisan immigration bills in the House Judiciary Committee that would hurt Washington’s agriculture and technology sectors, and introduced amendments that would prevent significant harm to our local economy.

Finally, given Washington’s location as a northern border state, it is important that we not neglect issues concerning the flow of goods and people to and from Canada. I introduced the Promoting Border Commerce and Travel Act to prevent the creation of a land border crossing fee, which could have a serious, negative effects on the travelers and commerce that local businesses depend on to remain vibrant.  

Ultimately, our immigration laws must be realistic, sensible, and humane. It will take hard work and compromise, but I remain eager to work with anyone who is serious about reform, and I am hopeful that Congress will move forward to make comprehensive immigration reform a reality.

More on Immigration

Feb 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA), joined by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Adam Smith (WA-09), Denny Heck (WA-10), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Rick Larsen (WA-02), and Suzan DelBene (WA-01), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to express concern that enforcement priorities are now so broad that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, such as Daniel Ramirez Medina, may be caught up in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.
Feb 6, 2017 In The News
When former Microsoft Corp. executive Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) returned for the 115th Congress, it didn’t take long for her to address one of the issues racking the tech industry: President Trump’s campaign promise to create a religious registry for Muslims in the U.S. “This is a key area of concern given what’s happened with the recent executive order,” DelBene said, referring to Trump’s Jan. 27 entry ban on citizens and refugees of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The restrictions have tipped off a sharp outcry from an industry dependent on tech-savvy foreign-born talent.
Feb 1, 2017 In The News
SEATTLE - Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-07, and other Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee are asking for an emergency briefing before all House members, on the extreme vetting executive order and its chaotic rollout over the weekend. A letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cites “urgency, widespread confusion and dangerous impact of the Executive Order,” and requests a briefing by the end of the week in response to President Donald Trump's order to temporarily ban immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim majority countries.
Feb 1, 2017 In The News
At 4:42 p.m. EST last Friday, when President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order banning refugees and specific travelers from entering the U.S., it launched a nationwide explosion of resistance, from the airports to the streets to the courts. In Seattle, that resistance was just as swift from elected officials and attorneys as from local residents.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
As chaos unfolded at airports across the country on Saturday, it quickly became clear that officials ranging from frontline border patrol agents to high-ranking members of the administration were unprepared for President Donald Trump's travel ban. In Washington, that turmoil translated to a group of state and federal leaders unable to find answers to questions as basic as how many people were being detained at Sea-Tac International Airport. Now, two Seattle-area Congresswomen want answers from federal officials.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
Washington politicians are demanding answers after the weekend scuffle over immigration at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.
Jan 30, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined colleagues in introducing the SOLVE Act to rescind President Trump’s executive order, which halted the resettlement of refugees and suspended admission of citizens of predominately Muslim countries.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
They were running for the gate, the two attorneys, one specializing in immigration law, the other a Port of Seattle commissioner. They knew they might not make it in time. An Emirates airplane was about to leave for Dubai at just after 5 p.m. Saturday, and on it were two men who had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They had been told they could not stay because of an order signed the day before by President Trump.
Jan 30, 2017 In The News
When Courtney Gregoire read about the chaos unfolding in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport Saturday morning, she began to wonder how President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would play out in Seattle. Gregoire, an attorney and the daughter of former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, is a commissioner of the Port of Seattle, which oversees the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. So she picked up the phone to ask.
Jan 29, 2017 In The News
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today wrote to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeking an explanation for why so little information was communicated to members of Congress during her visit to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Saturday. DelBene went to the airport on Jan. 28, after learning individuals traveling to Washington with visas were detained at the airport and denied entry into the United States as a result of President Trump’s executive order.

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