Kittitas representative issues statement on Iranian-American border detainment controversy

Rep. Kim Schrier

Washington’s 8th District representative has issued a statement condemning the allegations that Iranian-American families were detained at the Canadian-Wasington State border.

In her statement, Rep. Kim Schrier writes, “The accounts from this past weekend of US Citizens and legal permanent residents of Iranian descent being held for hours while heading home from vacation are deeply concerning.”

She goes on to say, “We must, of course, be vigilant at our borders. But the treatment of these families appears to have gone far beyond routine security. As we protect our country from threats abroad, let us not forget our fundamental American values.”

The Associated Press reported the following on the matter:

“Civil rights groups and lawmakers are demanding information from federal officials following reports that dozens of Iranian-Americans were held up and questioned at the border as they returned to the United States.

The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans were detained and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman is denying reports that Iranian-Americans were detained or refused entry because of where they were born.”