Skip to main content

REP. MONDAIRE JONES ANNOUNCES NEOMIE PIERRILUS AS VIRTUAL GUEST FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

April 28, 2021

Pierrilus is sister of Rockland County resident Paul Pierrilus, who was unjustly deported to Haiti in February
Jones and Pierrilus will hold virtual press availability at 2pm today

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) announced Neomie Pierrilus as his virtual guest for President Biden’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress.

Pierrilus is the sister of Rockland County resident Paul Pierrilus, who was unjustly deported to Haiti in February despite not being a Haitian citizen and never having been to the country. 

In January, Jones partnered with attorneys to prevent Rockland County resident Paul Pierrilus from being illegally deported to Haiti. Despite these efforts, ICE deported Paul only a couple weeks later. 

“Paul Pierrilus is one of thousands of people who have been wrongfully deported by the United States government,” said Congressman Jones. “I’m grateful that his sister Neomie has agreed to join me for President Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress. The story of Paul Pierrilus sheds light on the very real human impact of our deeply broken immigration system that quite literally tears families apart. I’m hopeful that, tonight, President Biden will address his plans for comprehensive, humane immigration reform - something that is long overdue - in his speech.” 

Today at 2pm ET, Jones and Pierrilus will hold a virtual press availability to discuss Paul’s case and the need for President Biden to advance comprehensive, humane immigration reform. 

WHO:  Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17)

Neomie Pierrilus

Guerline Jozef, Executive Director, Haitian Bridge Alliance

WHAT: Press conference to discuss immigration policy

WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 2:00 pm ET

WHERE: via Zoom - link provided upon RSVP

RSVP: Press interested in attending can RSVP to talia.marcus@mail.house.gov 

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 33-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.

###