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  • DelBene, Champion for Safely Reopening Northern Border, Welcomes Biden Administration’s Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on October 13, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement on the announcement that the Biden administration will allow fully vaccinated Canadians to enter the United States by land and water travel starting in November: “For nineteen long months, our border communities have lived in a state of hardship and frustration, waiting month-to-month for news that the northern border would reopen and they could begin to move past this crisis. In that time, families have moved elsewhere,... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Washington lawmakers ‘extremely frustrated’ by U.S. continuing Canadian border closure
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The White House continued to refuse expanding on the reasoning behind its decision not to allow vaccinated Canadians to cross the border by land into the U.S., despite Americans being allowed to head north, and that is frustrating Washington lawmakers. “I remain extremely frustrated that the White House has failed to sufficiently explain its position on our northern border,” Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington’s 1st District said in a statement emailed to The Bellingham Herald. “How can it follow t... Read more

  • The Spokesman-Review: White House says U.S.-Canada border closure ‘determined by our public health officials’ as Northwest Democrats, Republicans alike cry foul
    Posted in In the News on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON – Weeks after allowing passenger flights from Canada to the United States, the Biden administration has not explained why Canadians can’t make similar trips in a car. Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized the policy as affecting struggling border communities in their districts. Asked about the issue in Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to say why the administration has not heeded calls from prominent Washington Democrats – ... Read more

  • DelBene Statement on Continued U.S. Northern Border Closure
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the United States extended land and water travel restrictions from Canada through October 21, 2021. “Another month brings another border extension. That means more unpredictability, suffering, and frustration for our border communities. It does not follow the science to say Canadians can fly from Vancouver to Seattle but cannot drive from British Columbia to Whatcom County. It is a disservice to families and busine... Read more

  • KING 5: Extension of US border closure brings more 'frustration,' Washington congress member says
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Suzan DelBene is calling on the Biden administration to reopen the northern border to vaccinated Canadians. BLAINE, Wash. — It will be at least another month before Canadians can drive into the United States following the decision in the White House to extend the border restrictions Monday. The restrictions, which would have otherwise been lifted Sept. 21, were extended through at least Oct. 21 for the northern and southern US borders. It's a decision that will mean "more unpredictability, suffe... Read more

  • Bellingham Herald: Latest border closure extension means more ‘unpredictability, suffering and frustration’
    Posted in In the News on September 20, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The United States will extend its border closure with Canada to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic another month, the White House announced Monday, Sept. 20. White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced the closure will be extended until Oct. 21, USA Today reported along with several other national news sources. Homeland Security has yet not made a similar announcement on Twitter. Zients’ announcement means non-essential travel from Canada will not be permitted for a 19t... Read more

  • President Biden: It’s time to reopen the northern border
    Posted in eNewsletters on July 24, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Dear friend, Businesses and families in Whatcom County, particularly the isolated community of Point Roberts, were praying that this week would bring news that the Canada-U.S. border would begin to reopen. For more than a year, our border communities have been cut off from Canadian tourism and the seasonal commerce they rely on. However, these hopes were dashed when the Biden administration decided to unilaterally extend the border closure until August 21. I am deeply disappointed by this short-... Read more

  • KING 5: Washington congresswoman requests Point Roberts residents be exempt from US-Canada border restrictions
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    POINT ROBERTS, Wash — UPDATE | Rep. Suzan DelBene, the Washington congresswoman who represents Point Roberts, sent a letter Wednesday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken after seeing KING 5's report on the International Marketplace's impending closure. In her letter, DelBene requested Blinken grant an immediate exemption for Point Roberts residents from the border closure and reopen the Boundary Bay Border Crossing. “The status quo is simply unacceptable. Leaders ultimately bear responsibility... Read more

  • DelBene Leads Calls on U.S. and Canada to Provide Transparency, Flexibility for Point Roberts, Border Communities During COVID-19
    Posted in Press Releases on September 1, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Today, Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) called on the Canadian government to provide more flexibility and transparency for Americans who reside in the exclave communities of Point Roberts in Washington and the NW Angle in Minnesota. In a letter to the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the lawmakers, who represent these two communities geographically separated from the rest of the country, urged the Canadian government to provide more ... Read more

  • DelBene Continues to Demand Answers from CBP on Iranian Detentions at Border
    Posted in Press Releases on August 21, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Following a briefing by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on the investigation into the detainment and interrogation of Iranians and Iranian Americans at the Peach Arch Border Crossing in January, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) issued following statement. “In early January of this year, I received reports of more than 60 people of Iranian descent being held for abnormally long periods of time – in some cases up to 12 hours – at the Peace Arch Border crossing. Since then, I have ... Read more