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  • DelBene Issues Statement on Meeting with CBP Officials
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman DelBene and Congresswoman Jayapal met with officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to discuss the multiple cases of Iranian Americans being detained and questioned at length while entering the US from Canada at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in January and the recently leaked CBP memo directing CBP agents to discriminate specifically against individuals of Iranian descent. “We met with the Director of Field Operations and Chief of Staff of the Seattle Field Office... Read more

  • Washington Democratic House Members Comment on Report that CBP Targeted Iranian-Americans
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, members of Washington’s Democratic delegation in the House of Representatives issued a joint statement after an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows Iranian-Americans and others were deliberately targeted for detainment at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in early January. The Washington Democratic delegation includes Representatives Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer, Kim Schrier, M.D., Denny Heck, Adam Smith, and Pramila Jayapal. “This latest news is dee... Read more

  • DelBene Responds to CBP Memo Confirming Intent to Detain Iranian Americans at the Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) made the following statement after an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows Iranian-Americans and others were deliberately targeted for detainment at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing in early January. “I am deeply alarmed that CBP was dishonest regarding the detainment of Americans of Iranian, Lebanese, and Palestinian descent. This memo shows the CBP’s initial story, that the detainments were caused by staffing issues, to be a... Read more

  • DelBene Sends Letter to DHS Demanding Answers on Iranian-Americans Being Detained at Border
    Posted in Press Releases on January 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-1) led a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to obtain more information regarding the holding of Iranian Americans in secondary inspection upon entering the United States in Blaine, Washington” over the weekend. The letter is co-led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The letter is signed by 70 Members of the House. “There have been reports that more than 60 Americans of Iranian descen... Read more

  • DelBene Announces State of the Union Guest
    Posted in Press Releases on February 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene announced that Yasmin Ali of Redmond will be her guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Ali, an American Muslim who immigrated to the U.S. from India over 25 years ago, currently serves on the Education Committee of the Muslim Association of the Puget Sound (MAPS), a diverse community organization she helped establish. "Yasmin embodies all that it means to be an American," said Rep. DelBene. "She's a mother and community leader who moved to... Read more

  • In Case You Missed It: “Local immigrants, lawmaker blast Trump administration over new asylum rules”
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    On Monday, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) joined asylees, immigration lawyers and advocates to rally against the Trump administration’s orders to no longer process asylum requests for victims of domestic or gang violence. DelBene was joined by Maikol Alvarado, a recent high school graduate who came to the U.S. with his mother and three siblings from Honduras after their father was killed by gang violence. Maikol is about to start college. Another young woman sought asylum from Mexico after her husban... Read more

  • DelBene Signs Discharge Petition on Immigration Bills, Urges Republicans to Follow Suit
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene signed a bipartisan discharge petition that would force a vote on multiple immigration bills, including the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. “President Trump and Paul Ryan have promised Dreamers and all Americans that they would pass meaningful immigration reform. They have broken that promise repeatedly,” said DelBene. “Now, we’re right on the goal line of being able to get ... Read more

  • Protect Our Dreamers
    Posted in eNewsletters on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Dear Friend, This past week, the President decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This action is cruel, heartless and does nothing to secure our borders or fix our immigration system. Nearly 800,000 children brought to this country by their parents have known no other home than the United States, including more than 17,800 right here in Washington state who are studying, working and contributing to our economy. Rescinding DACA puts these young people at risk of... Read more

  • Locals protest as Trump orders end to ‘Dreamers’ protection
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling Barack Obama’s program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, declaring he loves the “Dreamers” who could face deportation but insisting it’s up to Congress, not him, to address their plight. Trump didn’t specify what he wanted done, essentially sending a six-month time bomb to his fellow Republicans in Congress who have no consensus on how to defuse it. About 60 people gath... Read more

  • Editorial: Congress must act quickly to protect Dreamers
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    No one should be surprised that President Trump would seek to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Promising a hard line on immigration issues on the campaign trail, Trump made only the mildest statements of support for the 800,000 Dreamers protected by the program since taking office, promising they could “rest easy,” and that he would show “great heart” in his decision but never giving the program explicit backing. Since it went into effect five years ago, DACA... Read more