Customs and Border Protection admitted to inappropriately targeting Iranian Americans and breaching agency protocol last month when travelers were held at the northern US border, according to lawmakers who met with government officials about the incident.
Last month, reports surfaced that Iranian Americans were detained at the Blaine crossing in Washington state in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. CBP confirmed there were increased wait times but the agency categorically denied there was a directive to stop and question people of Iranian descent.
Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Suzan DelBene, both Washington Democrats, met on Monday with Adele Fasano, CBP’s director of field operations in Seattle, who reportedly admitted the agency made mistakes. The agency’s Seattle office oversees operations at 67 ports of entry from the Pacific coast to Minnesota/Lake Superior.