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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Civil Rights

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October 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement: “Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘We go ahead together or we go down together.’ Today, it is clear the party of Donald Trump wants us to go down together, ramming through a Supreme Court nominee at the expense of the legitimacy of our highest court and public trust.
July 24, 2018 Press Release

Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), the co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting answers to several questions about the status and treatment of pregnant women held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  The letter was written in the wake of

June 18, 2018 Blog Post

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June 4, 2018 Press Release
“Last week, I visited the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, which has just been slated for imminent demolition. If demolished, the 180 people whose families have lived on the land for decades would be completely displaced. More than half of the residents are children under the age of 15. The demolition of the village and the forced relocation of Palestinians from their own land would be in conflict with international human rights law. That is why, last month, I joined 75 U.S. Representatives in sending a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu urging him to cancel this demolition. Today, I reiterate that call with a new urgency, as the demolitions could take place any day."
May 15, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act, which would increase oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers and halt funds for construction or expansion of new facilities. Over the last two decades, the federal immigration system has undergone a dramatic expansion that has led to a 400 percent increase in detained non-citizens with an increasing number being children, women and pregnant women. These detainees are often mistreated by ICE agents and forced to reside in deplorable conditions with their rights being habitually and systemically violated.
April 11, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined by Reps. A. Donald McEachin and Nanette Diaz Barragán, led 28 members of Congress in denouncing Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for his comments that "diversity isn't important," "I don't care about diversity," and "I don't really think that's important anymore." In the letter, members urged Zinke to rethink his comments and focus his efforts on increasing diversity to keep up with the rapidly changing demographics of our nation. Jayapal, McEachin and Barragán are co-chairs of the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force that works to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color and other marginalized groups.
December 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court move allowing President Trump’s Muslim Ban to go into effect:

“The reality is, the discriminatory intent behind the Muslim Ban has been on full display on the president’s personal Twitter feed, where just last week he used his platform to spread vile anti-Muslim propaganda. Today’s Supreme Court order ignores the anti-Muslim animus behind the Muslim ban and represents a setback for Americans of all stripes who oppose this injustice.

November 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led 68 of their fellow members of Congress in expressing concern about increased detention rates of pregnant immigrant women and recent miscarriages in detention centers across the United States.

October 18, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to decisions by U.S. District Court Judges Derrick Watson of Hawaii and Theodore D. Chuang of Maryland to temporarily block the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban 3.0 from taking effect.
October 16, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) convened local stakeholders in support of the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act.