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  • 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

  • DelBene Demands Answers after Rebuff at SeaTac Airport
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    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. “I personally... Read more

  • Reps. DelBene and Jayapal Hail Judicial Orders Keeping Immigrants From Being Turned Away
    Posted in Press Releases on January 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    SEATTLE – Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Suzan DelBene hailed Western District of Washington judge Thomas S. Zilly’s temporary restraining order, along with a stay issued by a New York judge, which has kept two immigrants in limbo at Seattle-Tacoma airport from being turned away and sent back to their countries of origin. “This executive order was inhumane and undermines core American values. It has created confusion across our country, and thrown into fear and limbo families who await thei... Read more

  • DelBene discusses No Religious Registry Act and more with interfaith leaders
    Posted in In the News on January 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene glanced around the table on Tuesday afternoon at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) and told the eight interfaith leaders that these are challenging times. DelBene, a Democrat who represents Washington’s First Congressional District, was glad to be connecting with the leaders at the Redmond mosque, but wished it was under more pleasant circumstances. She noted that she has reintroduced the No Religious Registry Act (H.R. 489) to ensure individuals of all fai... Read more

  • Senator Patty Murray, Dems, Introduce Bill to Block Muslim Immigrant Registry
    Posted in In the News on January 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, National Security

    Yep, this is what it's come to: Washington State's Senator Patty Murray and a coalition of other Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to block the creation of a federal registry based on religion, ethnicity, race, age, gender, national origin, nationality, or citizenship. The "Protect American Families Act" would block draconian actions from the president-elect should Trump's transition team make good on their proposal to register and monitor immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Washing... Read more

  • Rep. DelBene calls for immigration reform after high court’s deadlock decision
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Following the Supreme Court’s tie vote halting President Obama’s immigration plan to safeguard millions from deportation, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene on Wednesday called on Congress to look for a more permanent solution. OneAmerica, an immigrant-advocacy group, organized a roundtable discussion Wednesday at El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill, and featured DelBene along with Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro ... Read more

  • A Full Plate For Washington Agriculture: Labor Needs, Visa And Immigration Reform
    Posted in In the News on June 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The national trend in agriculture is an unsettling one, and hits close to home in Washington state. Despite growing demand for output, there are not enough workers to fill the jobs. The federal H-2A visa program for temporary or seasonal agricultural workers does not serve industries like dairy well, which require a year-round workforce. Nor does it help meet the shorter-term employment needs of smaller fruit orchards. For larger farming operations, delays in processing H-2A paperwork can lead t... Read more

  • Four Million Americans Affected by SCOTUS’ Split Decision Overturning Immigration Reform
    Posted in In the News on June 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a split decision in United States v. Texas, a case challenging President Barack Obama’s extended deferred action programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The decision leaves in place a lower court injunction that blocks the President’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014, which impacts more than four million undocumented immigrants and... Read more

  • Supreme Court deadlock halts Obama immigration actions
    Posted in In the News on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The Supreme Court announced a 4-4 tie Thursday on the challenge to President Barack Obama’s deferred action programs. The tie continues the hold on the programs that would have potentially shielded millions of undocumented immigrant parents and children from deportation. According to Vox, up to 4.5 million people would have benefited from the programs and the news website reported that immigration activists indicated they may file suit in another part of the country to put the actions in effect.... Read more

  • DelBene: SCOTUS Decision Leaves Families in Limbo
    Posted in Press Releases on June 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a tied ruling in United States v. Texas, upholding the Fifth Circuit Court decision. As a result, families and children who might have benefitted from the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remain at constant risk of deportation, unable to fully take part in the communities where they live and work – for ... Read more