Pramila Jayapal is a congresswoman, representing Washington’s 7th district, and the elected chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Previously, she was a state senator in Washington, a civil rights activist in Seattle, and the executive director of OneAmerica, Washington state’s largest immigrant advocacy organization. (December 2018)

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A New Moral Imagination on Immigration

New American citizens hold American flags during a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, October 2, 2018

Our job is to tell the truth about immigration instead of cowering before falsehoods. As long as we accept the Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration and try to merely gain small victories against a harsh, restrictionist policy, we will lose—politically, economically, and, most importantly, morally. Instead, we must disperse the fog of lies and scapegoating and make clear that a sensible, humane system of immigration laws is best for everyone.