Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., has been named as co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform. “Women and children bear the brunt of our inhumane and broken immigration system. Yet, they have no seat at the table,” said Jayapal in a statement. “I’m honored and humbled to be appointed as co-chair of the Women’s Working Group.
“As an immigrant woman of color, I’ve been fighting for justice in our immigration system for years,” Jayapal added. “I pledge to bring the same passion and commitment to the group as we work to reform our nation’s laws. I’m proud to be working with a leader like Congresswoman Roybal-Allard to defend and protect immigrant families from this president’s policies.”
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), made the announcement during the group’s 2017 kickoff meeting held at her Capitol Hill office with several Women’s Working Group members, including congresswomen and representatives of immigration groups, in attendance.
“I am so excited to have Congresswoman Jayapal join me as a co-chair of the Congressional Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform,” said Roybal-Allard in a statement. “As an immigrant to America herself, a longtime civil rights activist, and the first Indian American woman in the House of Representatives, her experiences and dedication will enrich our group and our mission,” she added.
The Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform was formed in 2013 to ensure that women’s voices are heard in the immigration debate, and that America’s immigration policies reflect the interests of women and children.