Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal says she will put her body on the line for immigrants.
“I’ve been working on immigration issues now for almost 20 years, and this is as bad as I have seen it since 9/11 — what we are doing to children, and to parents, and to asylum seekers,” she stated. “Three weeks ago, today, I went to a federal prison and met with over 200 mothers and fathers — 174 women who had been separated from their children, who were seeking asylum, who just wanted a better life and more security, and instead, are in a jail.”
Jayapal says she promised the families that she would do everything she could to give them justice, and tell their stories. And though she’s been arrested several times for protesting, she believes that acts of civil disobedience are both powerful and necessary when creating a movement.
“Non-violent, peaceful, civil disobedience is a critic tactic, Marches are a critic tactic. And us working in Congress to change the laws is a critic tactic,” she explained. “As a member of Congress, I represent the U.S. government now. That is my name and I refuse to allow it to happen. And I’m an immigrant myself. I am one of only twelve members of Congress who is an immigrant.”