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  • 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

  • Members of WA Delegation Condemn President Trump’s Decision to End DACA; Call for Protecting Dreamers
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to President Trump, led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), members of the Washington congressional delegation, including Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representatives Adam Smith (WA-09), Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06), urged President Trump to reconsider his decision to repeal DACA and make sure that Dreamers’ application information is not used for immigration enfo... Read more

  • Washington lawmakers on Trump's DACA decision
    Posted in In the News on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined a handful of AGs nationwide who are promising to challenge the Trump administration’s move to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. “In my view though, as cruel and inhumane as the action is, there’s one other problem with it. I think it’s illegal," AG Ferguson said on Tuesday. He hasn't revealed details about the expected suit, but says it will likely be filed soon. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • DACA recipients, supporters rally in Skagit County
    Posted in In the News on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Drivers honked and people beat drums in downtown Mount Vernon on Tuesday as dozens lined the intersection of Third and Kincaid streets to protest a decision announced earlier in the day by President Donald Trump that could affect up to 800,000 young immigrants living in America — some of them in Skagit County. It was the first of two rallies held near the Skagit County Courthouse protesting Trump's announcement to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. T... Read more

  • Washington state officials preparing to defend DACA program
    Posted in In the News on September 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has yet to be determined, but Washington state’s Congressional delegation, governor, attorney general and immigration attorneys are preparing to defend the program. Republican attorneys general from 10 states have said they will challenge DACA in federal court if President Donald Trump does not end the program by Sept. 5. Trump is expected to make a decision as soon as Friday. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said he is “prep... Read more

  • DelBene Helps Introduce Bill to Protect Dreamers from Deportation
    Posted in Press Releases on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today joined Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) in introducing the American Hope Act, which would provide Dreamers a conditional pathway to citizenship. “I strongly support an earned path to citizenship for young people who are already here, otherwise following the law, working or going to school and making positive contributions to our communities, which is why I support the American Hope Act,” DelBene said. “There is... Read more

  • Local police: Immigration enforcement issue of law, not politics
    Posted in In the News on April 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    MOUNT VERNON — On any given day, Mount Vernon police officer Edgar Serrano fields a variety of questions from families on his beat in the Kulshan neighborhood. Some people want to know how to obtain a driver's license, while others seek clarification on city laws. But since November, one question has come up more frequently for Serrano, a 10-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department. Click here to read the whole story. Read more

  • WA Dems Concerned about Detention of DREAMer, Denounce ICE Raids
    Posted in Press Releases on February 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    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) raid... Read more