Washington officials investigating claims of Border Patrol detaining Iranian-Americans in Blaine
Washington state officials are investigating claims that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is detaining Iranian Americans at the Washington-Canada border.
The Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported in a press release that they were helping more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans, many of whom were U.S. citizens. The organization alleged that the people were being detained and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine.
They also said that CBP was refusing Iranian-Americans entry due to a lack of capacity for them to be detained.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib said they received several reports of the detainments, and were investigating. Inslee said that the Department of Homeland Security informed him that they did not order any directives to refuse entry or detain anyone at the border.