Give 11.5 million immigrants a legal status
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama and the United States Congress

This petition was delivered to:

White House
President Barack Obama and the United States Congress
Los Angeles City Council Member
Eric Garcetti
U.S. Senate
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Give 11.5 million immigrants a legal status

    1. Karla Paniagua
    2. Petition by

      Karla Paniagua

      irvine, CA

Because the United States of America was born with a Declaration of Independence that proclaimed that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".

If we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, why is it that 11.5 million human beings are still being denied the right to live as American Citizens?

According to the founders of the USA, all people are created equal by virtue of their humanity not by their personal attributes, intelligence, or artistic talents. So, when creating a Dream Act we must consider the 3% of immigrants using their skills of working hard in the fields. These men and women are diligently working to place in the market and on our table fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year.

We must consider the gardeners who make sure the landscaping of every city in this country looks impeccable.

We must consider the domestic women who not only are taking care of your household, but as well nurturing your children.

We must consider the cook in all the many restaurant chains that from state to state make sure you enjoy a good meal.

If the American Congress and President Barack Obama do not legalize the 11.5 million immigrants, we are contradicting the idea into which America was born. We cannot keep denying the freedom to these hard working individuals who are labeled as “illegal immigrants” because all they are missing is an immigration status.

These humans are just like you and me, paying taxes (according to the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy households headed by undocumented workers collectively paid 11.2 billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2010), purchasing houses, investing in college education trying to pursue happiness and the American Dream.

This petition is important for me because I believe in equality for all. I cannot imagine we, the people of the United States who decide about democracy still have this important issue pending.

As I finished reading an article in the Time Magazine, written by José Antonio Vargas, an “illegal” journalist. It struck me that we all can make a change. If this journalist who wrote the article had the courage to tell us all about his “illegal” status, we must do something to help. Here is an excerpt from Vargas article:

“I am still here, so are nearly 12 million others like me. We are working with you, going to school with you, paying taxes with you, and worrying about our bills with you. What exactly do you want to do with us, when will you realize that we are one of you?”


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. We Are Americans

      Karla Paniagua
      Petition Organizer
      TIME Magazine Pushes The Immigration Question

      One year ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former HuffPost editor Jose Antonio Vargas "came out" to the world as an undocumented immigrant. In this week's TIME Magazine cover story, the Filipino writer and activist describes his year as a public figure without legal status and argues that he too is an American.


    Reasons for signing

    • Bryan Membreno DODGE CITY, KS
      • 9 months ago

      I had family that need their paper and they haven't done a crime besides a speeding ticket and there tired of the fake one not giving them credit to their name

      • 9 months ago

      its important beacuse we need the families together and happies.

    • Crystal Gabriel JAMESTOWN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I work with migrant workers and see the kind of working conditions that the are put into on some dairy farms and vineyards some are not nice at all. They the ones who have been here tilling our soils or that we can have food on our table, mike etc. should be given citizenship. They are no different then the immigrants that came here in the 1600's from Ireland, Enland,Russia etc to Ellis Island.

    • srilan maranan CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      Yes, give them legal status so they can start paying taxes.

    • andrea lopez EL PASO, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      They come to this country to improve their life quality and thus also improve the nation. They contribute to our economy, and innovation. immigration is the nation's biggest asset. let's implement a 21st century immigration system with a pathway to citizenship for those 11 million.


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