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Now this is the epitome of class.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) appeared on C-SPAN last Thursday to chat about immigration and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. During her segment, a Republican from Nevada called into the show and questioned whether she is a U.S. citizen.

The congresswoman, who’s the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, tactfully responded.

“You have to be a U.S. citizen to be in Congress,” she said calmly. “I’m a proud U.S. citizen. I became a citizen in 2000. I’ve actually lived in this country since I was 16 years old.”

Her 2016 election to Congress in drew praise from many in the Asian-American and immigrant communities, who view her as a role model.

“I see young girls and women across the country, not only Indian but other immigrants as well, who see a different future for themselves because I’m there,” she told the Post. “It’s really very meaningful to me when people say, ‘It means so much to see you there because maybe I can run for Congress someday.’”


Thanks @humphrey


Same here. T and R, humphrey!! 🙂

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