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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Immigration

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April 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the decision by Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia to require the government to resume accepting new applicants to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
April 4, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border: “Trump’s move to send the National Guard to the southern border is a monumental waste of time, money and resources – especially when the border is as secure as ever. Apprehensions are at record lows and numbers of border crossings are down, this move by the administration does nothing to fix the immigration issues at hand.
March 29, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Department of Commerce move to include a citizenship question in the 2020 census. “The Trump administration’s latest move will not only hurt open participation in the census, but also disproportionately impact immigrant communities. People are less likely to respond to the census out of fear of deportations, of putting their families at risk, of ‘outing’ themselves or their loved ones. The fear that remains even among legal immigrants.
March 20, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal led a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations, along with Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie Thompson, Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren, and 58 members of Congress to urge the committee to reject the separation of families at the border and instead restore funding for alternatives to detention, such as the Family Case Management Program (FCMP).
March 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is encouraging all recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status.

In 2017, President Trump terminated the DACA program. However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction temporarily halting that termination. The case went to the Supreme Court, which sent it back to the Ninth Circuit – effectively stopping President Trump from eliminating DACA until a decision is reached.

February 20, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) today announced that they introduced the Immigrant Witness and Victim Protection Act (H.R. 5058). The bill lifts arbitrary caps on the number of “U" visas available for undocumented immigrant witnesses and victims of violent crimes who cooperate with law enforcement. The bill also prevents “U” visa applicants and “T” visa human trafficking victim applicants, from being detained or deported prior to obtaining visas Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protections. Finally, the bill allows applicants to receive work authorization permits within limited timelines.
February 15, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to gross misconduct displayed by Seattle’s top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorney, Raphael A. Sanchez. Sanchez is accused of stealing the identities of immigrants in an effort to defraud financial institutions.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, members of Congress released a thorough document outlining the facts about Donald Trump’s immigration proposal to combat the President’s misinformation campaign.
January 25, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s release of an immigration framework that would irreparably dismantle core components of the U.S. immigration system: “Donald Trump has once again shown that he is not interested in being a serious or honest negotiator to protect Dreamers. While he sometimes offers niceties about what he will allow, at the same time he puts unacceptably harsh and destructive demands on the table which would absolutely kill any compromise.
January 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal joined by Representatives Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Cedric Richmond (LA-02) led 61 members of Congress in calling on U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to reject efforts to insert questions in the 2020 Census that focus on citizenship status.