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is energizing and engaging peo- ple in our fight for justice. Since January, I’ve held eight town halls on issues from immigration to tax reform and I regularly hold con- stituent coffees to really talk through the issues with our com- munity. I’ve met countless people who are engaging in the political process for the first time, and it is a thrill to help them find their power and stay engaged. I’m also proud of the direct work our office does to help constituents navigate government agencies to solve problems. We helped hundreds with immigration cases, as well as helped get over $350,000 back to constituents for social security, disability and many other issues. 2. What is your approach to dealing with the Trump admin/GOP majorities in all branches of government and how have you cooperated with the majority and what have been the results? I know that in the face of the news and the policies coming out of this administration, it can be disheartening to get up and fight every day, but the fight for justice is rarely easy. My motto is that we can’t just be an opposition party that fights against legislation that we know is wrong. We do have to oppose bad legislation, but we must also be a proposition party that puts forth a vision of what we want the world to look like and works to make that vision a reality. So far, I’ve found that being a proposition party is very beneficial for people on both sides of the aisle. At a meeting a few months back, I was discussing the need for immigration reform and pro- tecting immigrant rights with a Republican colleague and we found that we had a lot of com- mon ground. Now, I host biparti- san meetings on immigration poli- cy and we’re working toward real proposals and real solutions to make our nation stronger. 3. How do you see the future of the Congressional actions in the coming year? Apart from any other issues that you iden- tify, could you talk about hate crime, DACA and healthcare as you see it. With a president who is increasingly unpredictable and sends dog-whistles to a shrinking base of hateful people, Congress has a critical role to play. We have to stand in the way of this undoing 23 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal