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Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) said Friday that the United States government should pay reparations to be made to migrant kids who had been separated from their families at the border.

Jayapal was speaking to Joy Reid on MSNBC about a contentious interaction she had with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over family separations at the border.

“This is such a compelling issue, Joy, you and I have talked about it before,” Jayapal said, “Republicans and Democrats agree that this was a heinous crime that has been committed against thousands of children.”

“And so I think he really didn’t know what to do, so he tried to be dismissive,” she added.

“If we all don’t have real passion, real commitment,” she continued, “to figuring out what happened and making reparations, the U.S. government should make reparations for what we have done to these families.”

Jayapal didn’t detail what she meant by reparations to the migrant children or their families, but she reiterated her point on her social media account.

“I’m proud of my passion, Mr. Whitaker,” she tweeted.

“We all should show real passion and a real commitment to fixing what was done to these families and these children,” she added. “This is lasting trauma for thousands of children—we must make reparations.”



  1. Joe

    February 10, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Then YOU pay them. Not a penny of my money. Kiss my balls rep

    • Becky Clark

      February 10, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Oh, but dragging these children across miles and miles of desert without adequate food or water and exposing them to whatever diseases may be among other members of the caravan was not affecting those children negatively? Give me a frigging break! Someone needs to wipe that word “reparations” from the English language! I am sick to death of hearing it! I owe nobody a damned thing! Everybody wants something for nothing!! These are law breakers pure and simple!! Reparations? Yeah, not while conservatives are breathing! And these were laws already on the books before Trump even thought about running for President! You commit a crime, you go to jail and you don’t get to take your kids to jail with you! Grow the hell up! You gonna fault the President for following the law? Yeah, see how the Supreme Court rules on that!

      • fedup

        February 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm


      • Barb

        February 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm

        If an American mom or dad had their children spend a full day walking across the Arizona Desert, it would be child abuse. Soooo, we give money to child abusers as reparations???? Who votes these uneducated, derelicts to represent them. Have we dumbed done our moral compass and responsibilities that far???? Geez people!!!

      • Ken Easterling

        February 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm

        I would like to know how many kids still in custody came with parents but the parents haven’t picked up their kids. The media at the time of this invasion was talking about the kids coming across with a surrogate mother to get the kids into the US.

        I do not agree with giving them reparations. We told them we were going to stop them. We told them that their actions were illegal. Because they were too stupid to understand those statements doesn’t mean I owe anyone anything.

  2. SFC D Monk

    February 10, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    “Enemies both foreign, and domestic.” Seems as though the numbers are increasing.

  3. Kevin

    February 10, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Democrats want to break America! They tell these lies to people to get their votes. Democrats are just an Extension of Hitler! They are using some of the exact things Hitler used to gain power & votes before WWII.
    We must Stop The Democratic Hitler Party before America & its people are destroyed!!!!!!!
    Wake up America.

    • Ken Easterling

      February 11, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Amen. I’ve been saying it all along. We have the Muslims invading our congress and taking over towns. Then we have the Democrats that want to bring down government and make the public dependent on the government. Take a look at Great Britain and Germany. There are areas that white people can’t go because they will be accosted.

  4. Bob La Rue

    February 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Somebody needs to shut this woman up, PRONTO!

  5. Mary Johnson

    February 10, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Most of those children were already separated from their families by the ones bring them to the border. In fact the border is saving those children.

  6. Fred Sheehan

    February 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Illegal entry to the U.S. is a crime. If children separated from parent that have allegedly committed a crime are to receive reparations, it logically follows that reparations must be paid to children separated from parents that are U.S. citizens and have been detained for allegedly committing crimes. The lack of knowledge and logical thought within congress is frightening.

  7. Shari Early

    February 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Here’s my problem with that. Most of the children were being brought in by other adults instead of their parents. So we’re stuck putting out taxpayers money to take care of children who’s parents weren’t around when the adults were arrested coming over the border. The rest caught already living here were here illegally and had children here that are US citizens. You can’t legally deport a US citizen. Either way the parents are 100% responsible for the situation these children are in. These children are getting better care than the poverty level children all over the US get. I have no sympathy for children who were put at risk by their parents. They shouldn’t be allowed children.

  8. JaneDoe

    February 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    How about repetitions for the many children both sides of the aisle have trafficked, raped, abused and continue to abuse? How about the many children in foster care in which their family in some case have been torn apart by false allegations only to trafficking these children to pedophiles? Where’s her compassion?

  9. Linda

    February 10, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    This fool can “reparate” all she wants to, as long as she personally pays for it. Not out of my hard earned tax dollars.


    February 10, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    They illeagally came across the boarder. No money should be given to any of them. I guess the could have been locked up in jail with the people claiming to be their parents. These children did not have it hard, were not abused or mistreated in the places they were in.

  11. Jon Wisdom

    February 10, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    THEY BROKE THE LAW!! Plain and simple. This is just another idiot in Congress who committed perjury when she took the oath of office. We do not pay criminals for their crime. Take it out of her salary and campaign coffers and her personal holdings.

  12. Carol Arnst

    February 10, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I demand reparations for all American citizens that have lost a family member because of the actions of an illegal living in this country. Also, any state that contains a “sanctuary city” that housed these offenders should also pay reparations to those families who will never see their love ones again.

  13. John R. Pyles III

    February 10, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    why is this insect even allowed to be a part of the US congress? There is a law against it.

  14. William

    February 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Don’t waste your time folks. Demorats will NEVER understand common sense. They live in a world filled with butterflies and unicorns.

  15. Granny

    February 10, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Their parents or the country they came from should be paying us for taking care of them because they were to stupid to come into this country legally. And you and your dumb ideas should have this come out of your pockets, we have enough trouble paying for healthcare and educations for our own kids. Stop thinking you can spend our money on this with out us voting. Our kids have to eat, also. Democrats against children of America.

  16. Brian

    February 10, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Simple answer. As soon as they ILLEGALLY come over the border, put them back where they came from. No passing go, no collecting $200 dollars (from Monopoly game).

  17. mileaway

    February 10, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Not my money! Tell it to Honduras and Mexico. I could care less. They don’t want separation, STAY HOME! Fix your own mess!
    REVOLT! Freedom cost lives and that is the price you will have to pay to live free. WE DID and DO everyday, for us and so many others!
    I have zero sympathy for you.

  18. Molly

    February 10, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    You are out of your mind, Jayapal. Those people brought their children – or someone else’s – to our borders where they knew they would be separated. So we took those children in, gave them a place to stay, food, care, medical care, safety and comfort. That is more than those children ever had in their entire lives. Whoever brought them to our border needs to pay the US for time and money we spent taking care of them. The people who took care of them were separated from their families as were the men and women who protect our borders but I don’t hear any of you liberals crying about that. Why don’t you get a job doing something useful that you are qualified to do? Like cleaning up the filth those illegals leave along their path to stolen entry into our country.

  19. coachpan

    February 11, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I want Reparations for looking at her ugly face!

  20. Shawn Dollar

    February 11, 2019 at 12:54 am

    What about all the real United States children that have been dragged through the dirt from your corruption in politics you dipshit all these years nothing but corruption from all you in congress dems/liberals/rhinos what about our kids you fucks I say if Trump won’t actually stand up and do something about these corrupt fraudulent loser then we the people need to end them and hang them from all borders to make a damn statement like our four fathers would have and that is their kind will not be tolerated here at all

  21. N

    February 11, 2019 at 1:39 am

    And the American People should demand reparations from each and every illegal in the US. After all, they are taking money away from us as well as contributing to the mass problems they are creating: government shutdown, drugs, disease, housing/homelessness, medical care, clean-up of cities, etc., etc., etc. Additionally, our government should subtract $77,000 per year per illegal for the next 50 years to get back the money we’ve given to these countries we all know do not support their citizens.

  22. RAY SAY

    February 11, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Then open up your check book big shot, otherwise shut your mouth, and stop stealing our money

  23. Crying In Texas

    February 11, 2019 at 8:56 am

    We aren’t going to have a choice, the Democrats are going to pass tax bills that will force us to give them money. If some think the Supreme Court will save us then keep on wishing. Our only hope to save this country is to Vote Democrats our of office. Now I’m not sure Electiins are not already rigged by Democrats. Their Control is so
    Big, it may be to late to save this country from becoming
    Socialist. We will be forced to give up what we have So
    Democrats can make everyone have equal income
    & we will have to sell our assests to pay the tax bill put on us!! In my wildest dreams I never thought 1 Crazy Madman George Soros would be able to overthrow
    America, but it’s happening right now!!

  24. stephen winters

    February 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm


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