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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

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June 18, 2018 Blog Post

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June 9, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after demanding and being given access to the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Washington to look at conditions and speak with 174 immigrant women detained inside: “What I heard from the women today being held at the detention center was heartbreaking. They are there only because of the Trump administration’s cruel new ‘zero tolerance’ policies of family separation. They spoke of fleeing threats of rape, gang violence and political persecution. They spoke of their children who have been killed by gangs and their fear of being raped. The mothers could not stop crying when they spoke about their children – young girls and boys who were taken from them with no chance to say goodbye and no plan for reunification.
June 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, released the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s transfer of 1,600 people to federal prison facilities, including 209 people at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Washington.
June 7, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02), and Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) led 108 members of Congress in urging the Subcommittee on Homeland Security on Appropriations to restrict the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to separate families at the border. The letter comes in response to the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
June 1, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), with Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) and Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) urged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas D. Homan to designate courthouses as sensitive locations where immigrants cannot be arrested and detained by ICE.
May 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Mia Love (R-UT) led 130 bipartisan members of Congress in urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers. The Trump Administration is expected to rescind the rule granting these spouses work authorization in June.
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 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.