A Democrat Senator from Connecticut has joined the list of well-known American politicians calling on the State Department to provide explanations regarding passports.
Americans who live in Israel have been up in arms recently over the persistent challenges of getting passports, which has sparked a crisis as Pesach approaches.
Appointment waiting times in the US Embassy can last many long months. Parents of infants born recently are particularly impacted.
Many families need help to return to the US for Pesach due to difficulty obtaining first passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.
A new regulation that cancels newborns’ urgent passport appointments has worsened the issue. Until recently, families traveling with young children could use emergency passports.
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has written Secretary of State Antony Blinken a critical letter. Also, he tweeted about the problem, writing: “American citizens in Israel are having baffling issues getting passports.
Before the Passover holiday, these ostensibly unnecessary impediments are incredibly aggravating. The State Department must put an end to these delays, I insist.
In his letter, Blumenthal expresses his grave concern for the challenges faced by US citizens in Israel. He inquires as to whether comparable delays also apply to Americans living abroad.
Senator Blumenthal is a well-known Democrat. Therefore State Department representatives are likely to take his letter seriously. The Senator ends his letter by describing the situation as “unacceptable” and requesting a response by March 22.
With well-known New York legislators on both sides of the aisle, NY Senator Chuck Schumer has spoken out.