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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal

Representing the 7th District of Washington

Jayapal Statement on Trump Administration's Latest Poison Pill Immigration Proposal

October 9, 2017
Press Release

SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's latest immigration policy proposal:

“Let me be clear -- the only thing on the table is passing a clean Dream Act and protecting the 1.5 million young people who would be eligible for relief. President Trump’s immigration wishlist is a white supremacist’s dream. At a time when the future of 800,000 young people hangs in the balance, it is unacceptable for the President to bring forth restrictionist rhetoric that sets us back decades.

“Instead of trying to ram through inhumane immigration policies, including building a border wall and cracking down on refugee children, we should first look at protecting these brave young people. These cruel and unreasonable demands will derail the future of any bipartisan fix to DACA.

“President Trump must understand one thing: Immigrants built this country, they are woven into the American fabric, and they are here to stay. I call on my Republican colleagues to reject these poison pills and work with us to pass a clean Dream Act.”

Background: Today, Congresswoman Jayapal will be speaking at an immigration event hosted by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

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