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Rep. Pramila Jayapal on immigrants and America after 9/11

Aarti Shahani, host of the WBEZ Chicago podcast Art of Power and author of the memoir Here We Are, talks with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) about how 9/11 changed the relationship between immigrants and America. They discuss Jayapal's experience on 9/11 as a first-generation Indian migrant, as well as how her reaction to the attacks and their aftermath shaped her political trajectory and professional career as an activist — and, eventually, a member of Congress.

Host: Aarti Shahani (@aarti411), Host, Art of Power

Guest: Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal), U.S. Representative (D-WA)


  • Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change by Pramila Jayapal (New Press; 2020)
  • "Without A Country: Pramila Jayapal On The Problems Immigrants Face" by Madeline Ostrander (The Sun; Nov. 2008)
  • Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 543 US 335 (2005)

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