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Immigration Reform: DelBene Asking Area Farmers, Businesses, Workers to Weigh In

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is visiting with local stakeholders throughout the 1st Congressional District this week to hear their thoughts, ideas and input related to immigration reform.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is travelling throughout the 1st Congressional District to hear from local businesses, farmers, workers, students and families about what types of reforms they want to see to reform the nation’s immigration system.

During the week of Feb. 18-21, DelBene will make stops in Bothell, Redmond, Lynden, Blaine and Mount Vernon to highlight the impact immigration reform could have on the local economy, schools, businesses, families and communities.

On Monday, DelBene attended the Washington State Labor Council immigration reform conference at the Seattle Labor Temple in Seatte. The rest of her schedule this week follows:

Tuesday, February 19

Farmer and agriculture immigration reform roundtable

WHEN: 9:30am

WHERE: Whatcom Farm Friends Office

1796 Front Street

Lynden, WA

WHAT: Whatcom area dairy and berry farmers to meet with Congresswoman DelBene to discuss the need for and possible impacts of comprehensive immigration reform on agriculture.

Business and local government immigration roundtable

WHEN: 11:30am

WHERE: TC Trading Company

1755 Boblett Street

Blaine, WA

WHAT: Whatcom business owners and municipal officials to discuss border issues related to commerce and security on the U.S. - Canadian border. 

Immigration roundtable discussion with local King County residents and immigration reform advocates

WHEN: 1:30pm

WHERE: Super Mario’s Restaurant

3008 Northwest Ave

Bellingham, WA

WHAT: Whatcom County advocates sit down with Congresswoman DelBene to talk about immigration reform, their personal stories and the challenges they face and what they hope to see in comprehensive reform.

Wednesday, February 20

Student and DREAMer roundtable discussion

WHEN: 10:30am

WHERE: UW Bothell, Rose Room (UW1-280)

18115 Campus Way NE

Bothell, WA

WHAT: Local students from Snohomish County and UW Bothell and Everett CC leaders will be discussing with Congresswoman DelBene the importance of immigration reform, the DREAM act and the intersection of immigration policy, education and job training. 

Life sciences & Biotech business roundtable

WHEN: 1:30pm

WHERE: HALOSOURCE

1725 220th Street SE, Suite 103

Bothell, WA

WHAT: Local business leaders in life sciences, medical device manufacturing and biotech to discuss with Congresswoman DelBene the need for immigration reform to attract skilled workers to expand and grow the local economy.

Business and Technology roundtable discussion

WHEN: 3:00pm

WHERE: Concur

18400 NE Union Hill Road

Redmond, WA

WHAT: Local technology businesses and employers (ranging from large companies and small start-ups) will sit down with Congresswoman DelBene to talk about the need for high-skilled workers and the local economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform.

Immigration roundtable discussion with local King County residents and immigration reform advocates

WHEN: 4:15pm

WHERE: Aca Las Tortas Restaurant

22910 Bothell Everett Hwy, Suite 105A  

Bothell, WA

WHAT: King County advocates sit down with Congresswoman DelBene to talk about immigration reform, their personal stories and the challenges they face and what they hope to see in comprehensive reform. 

Thursday, February 21

Farmer and agriculture immigration reform roundtable

WHEN: 12:00pm

WHERE: Skagit Valley Food Co-Op, Room #309

201 1st Street

Mount Vernon, WA

WHAT: Skagit area farmers to meet with Congresswoman DelBene to talk about the need for and possible impacts of comprehensive immigration reform on agriculture industry.

Immigration roundtable discussion with local Skagit County residents and immigration reform advocates

WHEN: 2:00pm

WHERE: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

415 S 18th St

Mount Vernon, WA

WHAT: Skagit area residents, advocates sit down with Congresswoman DelBene to talk about immigration reform, their personal stories and the challenges they face and what they hope to see in comprehensive reform.

Visit with local DREAMer’s and immigrant families

WHEN: 3:30pm

WHERE: Lorenzo’s Mexican Restaurant

2121 E College Way

Mount Vernon, WA

WHAT: Skagit area students and families sit down with Congresswoman DelBene the importance of immigration reform, the DREAM act and their personal immigration stories.

Source: Suzan DelBene office.

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