February 20, 2018 Press Release
Bill Would Protect Undocumented Immigrant Victims and Witnesses Working with Law Enforcement to Prosecute Criminals
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 12, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement in response to the budget proposal released by President Trump today: “President Trump’s budget proposal makes it clear, all over again, that his administration does not care about working people. His budget takes from middle class families and the most vulnerable and gives to the rich. It guts anti-poverty and health care programs, and slashes investments in economic growth. All of this in order to pay for the GOP’s tax scam that handed trillions of dollars to the wealthy and large corporations. This is the last step in the GOP’s three-step dance to rig the economy in favor of the top 1 percent.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) sent a letter asking White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to explain when he had knowledge of the allegations of domestic abuse by White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and the actions he took given that knowledge. According to reports, Mr. Porter’s alleged abusive behavior was the reason he was unable to secure a permanent security clearance, yet apparently Mr. Kelly defended him, promoted him, and urged him to stay.
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.
February 5, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined by 37 members of Congress, expressed concerns over the department’s decision to delay implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH).
February 2, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Nunes memo:
January 31, 2018 Press Release
This is the Trump way: he simply offers no leadership.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal did not attend Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Instead she headlined a State of OUR Union event with nearly 1,000 activists and community leaders to offer an alternative vision for the country. Her remarks are HERE.
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 25, 2018 Press Release
SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s reported attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “Firing Mueller is a red line, full stop. The Special Counsel is widely respected on both sides of the aisle and his investigation into grave breaches of our electoral system is absolutely critical to our democracy – any attempt to threaten his investigation is an affront to accountability and potential legal consequences for collusion with a foreign power.