Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was arrested on Thursday, June 28, at a rally in Washington D.C., protesting U.S. President Donald Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies.
Jayapal, who represents Washington’s 7th District, said she was apprehended by the authorities alongside more than 500 other women at the Hart Senate Building while rallying the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.
“I’m proud to have been arrested with them, to put myself in the camp of people who believe that the United States of America is better,” Jayapal said in a video posted on Twitter following her arrest. “And as a member of Congress, I refuse to let this president and this administration do what they are doing to children, to parents, to asylum seekers in my name.”
In that video, she added that she was “protesting the inhumane and cruel zero tolerance policy of Donald Trump and this administration, the separation of families, the caging of children, the imprisonment of asylum seekers who just seek a better life.”
“This is far beyond politics,” Jayapal stressed out. “This is about right and wrong. We have to stand up and put ourselves on the line.”
Jayapal told The DistriQ that the Thursday’s demonstrations was one of many rally events planned to strike on the immigration policies. The congresswomen is appealing for more people to join the scheduled demonstration on June 30 when a national event is planned.
“This is a moment of outrage and we need people in the streets,” Jayapal said. “And we are just so appreciative that over 400,000 people have signed up to be in the streets, to be in rallies in every single one of our 50 states.”
The Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy has pulled global criticisms for how it handles refugees’ asylum seekers and families at the border. Many parents and their children have been separated and sent to different detention centers in the country.