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  • 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

  • Members of Congress tell administration to speed up H-2A applications
    Posted in In the News on June 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Jobs and the Economy, Immigration

    More than 100 members of the U.S. House have written to the Obama administration in an effort to speed up the processing of foreign guestworker visas. Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga.; and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., led 98 other House members in a bipartisan letter to administration officials urging them to adhere to regulations requiring them to process H-2A-visa foreign guestworker applications in a timely manner. Administrative breakdowns in processi... Read more

  • Newhouse, Bishop, DelBene, Stefanik Lead 102 Members in Bipartisan Effort to Address H-2A Agriculture Worker Delays
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Immigration

    Today, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) led 98 other Members in a letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services León Rodriguez regarding the administrative breakdown in the timely processing of H-2A agricultural worker program applications and visa petitions. The administrative breakdown is impacting the ability of American ranchers and growers to hire legal seasonal work... Read more

  • DelBene to Court: Keep Families from Being Torn Apart
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement as the Supreme Court heard arguments in United States v. Texas, a case that will decide the fate of President Obama’s implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). “I hope the Supreme Court recognizes that the President took lawful action to help families being torn apart by our current system – which everyone agrees is broken,” DelBene... Read more

  • The Podium: High court can help keep families together
    Posted in In the News on April 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    As I talk to people throughout our region, all of them agree our immigration system is broken. There are approximately 110,000 immigrants in the 1st District and only half are naturalized citizens, meaning nearly 60,000 face the prospect of deportation. In an attempt to correct this crisis, President Obama took reasonable steps within the office’s well-established authority to provide temporary relief to the families being torn apart by our current system. Implementing Deferred Action for Childh... Read more

  • DelBene Stands Up for Hikers of Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske requesting he allow hikers to cross into the United States from Canada along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). “Unfortunately, hikers seeking to traverse the PCT from its northern most point on the Canadian side of the border are unable to legally do so because there is not currently a U.S. Port of Entry there,” DelBene wrote. “We ask for your swift attention i... Read more

  • House Republicans go to court to block Obama on immigration reform
    Posted in In the News on March 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday along party lines to oppose President Obama's immigration reform plans and file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court saying so. The House brief will oppose the President in the case of U.S. vs. Texas. The Supreme Court is taking up whether Obama acted legally with plans to defer deporting as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants with deep, lengthy family ties in America. The House will be represented by ex-Solicitor General Paul ... Read more

  • DelBene to Ryan: Let Congress Vote on Immigration Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on March 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) today derided House Republican leadership for trying to score political points instead of allowing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. “Everyone agrees that our immigration system is broken but instead of voting on a solution, Congress is again wasting time on a political gimmick that does not address real problems,” DelBene said. “The President took lawful action to help families being torn apart by our current system. If Republicans take issue with t... Read more

  • DelBene Blasts Xenophobic Anti-Refugee Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) today chided House Judiciary Committee Republicans for propagating growing xenophobia by taking up a bill that would treat refugees like criminals, re-victimizing people who have already suffered unthinkable atrocities. “Many refugees are women and children fleeing violent situations. They are simply looking for a safe place to go,” DelBene said. “We don’t need to close our doors to refugees to keep Americans safe. That’s not who we are as a nation, and we as ... Read more

  • Washington Delegation Urges Continued Progress by DRC on Adoption Permits
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and the Washington state congressional delegation, including Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), urged Ambassador François Nkuna Balumuene of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that resolution of all remaining adoption cases by the end of March be his government’s highest priority. The delegation expressed their appreciation to the Ambassador for the DRC’s decision to begin issuing exit permits once again to Congolese children w... Read more