United States Congress woman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, was arrested in Washington during a protest against the Trump administration’s “inhumane” “zero-tolerance” border policy.
The administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant parents and their children on the border resulted in the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents and guardians, sparking a public outcry.
Ms. Jayapal (52) was arrested along with over 500 other women at Capitol Hill on Thursday.
“I just got arrested with a group of over 500 women who took over the center of the Hart Senate Building, 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,” Ms. Jayapal said.
She was arrested on the floor of the Hart Senate Office Building for a sit-in as part of their civil disobedience action.
“These women understand, they’re from all over the country…they understand that this is far beyond politics, this is about right and wrong. We have to step up and put ourselves on the line,” said Ms. Jayapal, who was elected to the House of Representatives from Washington State in 2016.
“Not in our country. Not in our name. June 30 we’re putting ourselves in the street again,” she said.
“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,” Ms. Jayapal said in a video posted on Twitter.
Hundreds of people who have been affected by this policy are scheduled to protest against the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy in rallies organised by a coalition led by the National Domestic Workers’ Alliance. The public outrage against these policies have initiated a debate among the US people.