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  • Video: Tech on The Hill with Rep. Suzan DelBene
    Posted in In the News on February 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Science and Technology, Immigration

    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 tip... Read more

  • Democratic Reps. condemn immigration order, demand briefing
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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 orde... Read more

  • How Your Elected Officials, and Some Really Smart Lawyers, Are Fighting Trump
    Posted in In the News on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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. By early Saturday afternoon, Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire had already raced to Sea-Tac, demanding answers from U.S. Customs and Bor... Read more

  • Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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. It was the beginning of an astonishi... Read more

  • ‘I actually wept:’ Lawyers’ frantic efforts stop a plane, allow 2 men to enter U.S. at Sea-Tac
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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. When Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Executive Director ... Read more

  • As the Feds Detained Banned Travelers at Sea-Tac, Local Political Leaders Were Given Virtually No Info About What Was Going On
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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 f... Read more

  • First “Small Victory” Achieved Over Immigration Ban at Sea-Tac
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Washington politicians are demanding answers after the weekend scuffle over immigration at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport. Representatives Pramila Jayapal, Suzan DelBene, governor Jay Inslee, and other officials were quick to denounce president Donald Trump’s immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries after two men—from Yemen and Sudan—were detained at the airport on Saturday. The men, who had arrived in the U.S. with visitor visas, were released Sunday after U.S. District Court ... Read more

  • DelBene: We Must Rescind Trump’s Reckless Executive Order – a Cruel Targeting of Individuals Based on Religion, Nationality
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    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. “President Trump’s irresponsible executive order has created chaos and fear across the world. This is what happens when the President and his administration issue a reckless order late at night with no thought to the implementation or consideration of... Read more

  • DelBene demands answers after rebuff at SeaTac Airport following Trump’s immigration and refugee executive orders
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    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. Click here to ... Read more

  • Seattle braces for another night of immigration ban protests
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Sea-Tac officials are expecting another wave of protests Sunday night, following massive crowds on Saturday. A rally is planned for Westlake Park on Sunday, from 5 to 8 p.m., against the president's ban on refugees and immigrants from select Muslim countries. A few thousand are expect to gather in downtown Seattle Sunday evening, but some believe that people will also be gathering at the airport again. There are tentative plans for a march following the Westlake rally, which organizers expect to... Read more