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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Press Releases

June 20, 2018 Press Release
“President Trump knew he had to back off this cruelty – but instead of rescinding his cruel policy, he simply traded one cruelty for another.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s executive order today:

June 11, 2018 Press Release
Jayapal’s revolutionary initiative puts states at the center of combating our nation’s health care crisis by giving them the tools to provide health care to all their residents
SEATTLE – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, joined by elected officials and community leaders, unveiled the State-Based Universal Health Care Act of 2018. This bill would allow states to develop their own plans to provide access to health care for all of their residents. It would provide states with access to federal funding streams and regulatory flexibility to support affordable, universal health care plans.
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.
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June 7, 2018 Press Release
“I call on ICE to immediately follow the process that has always been in place to respect our international obligations, give these women credible fear hearings, make sure they have access to lawyers and reunite them with their families.”
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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released a 2018 Infrastructure Report on 28 projects that will strengthen infrastructure and transportation systems across Washington’s 7th Congressional District and the greater Seattle region.
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.

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