• Petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Under Secretary Judith McHale
Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Mississippi-02
Rep. Bennie Thompson
New York-03
Rep. Steve Israel
Connecticut
Sen. Chris Murphy
Maine
Sen. Susan Collins

Give the First 22,000 Diversity Lottery Winners Their Green Cards, Then Fix Your Computer Error

    1. Petition by

      Out4Immigration

Because of DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act), Americans in same-gender relationships with foreign partners have no right to sponsor those partners for legal residency in the US. Options for same-sex foreign partners of American citizens to obtain legal residence and remain in the US are extremely limited.

One of the few areas where some of our families are given an equal chance at US residency has traditionally been the Diversity Lottery conducted by the US State Department. Names of individual applicants from an approved list of countries are randomly selected by computer. If your name is one of the 100,000 chosen from millions of applications – you can apply for a green card. The odds are nearly incalculable, but each year the diversity lottery gives many same-sex binational couples hope and a chance to an equal path to US citizenship.  

On Friday, May 13 it was announced that a “computer error” occurred during the selection process of this year’s diversity lottery for green cards.  We are pushing to right the wrong we know has occurred at the expense of at least one of our members, and perhaps other same-sex binational couples, too. 

Although 22,000 hopeful applicants had already been informed of their “win”, they have since been told that the lottery, which is meant to be random, was not. It will have to be restarted – and all those who were already making plans to move forward with their lives in the United States would need to stop. They did not win a chance to apply for a green card; in fact they lost. All of these individuals whose hopes were raised, saw them suddenly dashed. Their names will be re-entered into the lottery, but they go back to the game of chance.

Out4Immigration knows the discrimination and injustice of the current immigration system all too well. That’s why we are asking supporters to sign the petition demanding that those who have the power and authority to do so, re-instate the original 22,000 diversity lottery winners. This week we write to President Obama; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton;  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano;   Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale;  and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Committees on Homeland Security.

Our immigration system is badly broken and needs to be fixed. Start by fixing something that wasn’t broken until last week.

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Out4Immigration (O4I) is an all grassroots volunteer organization. Each week we target members of Congress and other elected and appointed officials with our weekly petition urging them to do something to change the unjust laws that keep same-sex binational couples from fair and just immigration rights.

You can visit Out4Immigration at its website, through its Yahoo Group Page, on Facebook and Twitter, or at its blog.  If you know someone in a same-sex binational relationship, please encourage them to speak up and get involved.  The time for justice is now!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. "The Dvlottery - Visa hopefuls sue US over lottery lapse "

      Check out this video by Al Jazeera English on the plight of the 22,000 hopeful visa lottery winners.

    2. Calling All Diversity Lottery Victims: Share Your Stories

      Somewhere out there, many of the 22,000 "winners" of the 2012 State Department Diversity Lottery have yet to tell their stories. That story is far too compelling, far too important a tale to be ignored and cast aside by a fickle news cycle. Those...

    3. Great editorial in the Washington Post today! --

    4. "Voided Green Card Winners Sue State Department" --

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. State Department Launches Investigation Into Visa Lottery Fiasco

      They're calling it the case of "22,000 Tears," which is more than appropriate given all the tears that have been shed so far. Last month, the U.S. government informed thousands of hopeful people from around the world that they had won this...

    7. 'Computer Error' Destroys Hopes and Dreams of 22,000 Visa-Seekers

      Imagine getting the best news you could possibly receive. This news will fundamentally change your life. You and you family will all be affected. You are happy beyond belief as you tell your whole family, quit your job, even marry your girlfriend, to...

    8. Huffington Post: Government Promises, Then Voids 22,000 Green Cards --

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos interviews one of the 22,000 whose green cards were revoked: (in Spanish) --

    11. From: "US green card lottery will be redone" --

      "A new lottery will be held from the existing pool of entries with winners announced in mid-July. The State Department says applicants do not need to re-enter and no new entries will be accepted.

      However, there are people who feel redoing the lottery is not fair and that those who won should be able to get their visas while the State Department allows another lottery for an additional 20,000 visas among the other applicants. That seems like a reasonable and fair suggestion."

    12. "Mr. Kitten" explains how a computer glitch is killing 22,000 dreams... Watch on YouTube:

    13. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago
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    • Jennifer Chenoweth BONAIRE, GEORGIA
      • about 3 years ago
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    • hicham farouk MEKNES MOROCCO, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      ‎*** Please pay attention to 22 000 legal immigrants dv lottery 2012 :

      we are appealing to US DOS, the greatest state institution in the world to be Merciful and Compassionate to the 22000 would be immigrants of USA who were mistakenly notified by DOS that they have won the lottery on May 1st and later voided on 13th May, considering the devastating effect on those affected. They have really suffered enough and i believe showing compassion to them on humanitarian grounds would help relief them from these devastation. i know the laws in USA may not allow DOS to find a way to help but i believe where there is a WILL there is a WAY so please, do something for the 22,000 because they are really traumatized considering the fact that some of them have been participating dv lottery well over 10 years and they thought it was their time on 1st May until the results were voided. As a great institution in the world with a great leader in the person of Her Excellency Hilary Clinton i know already that something is being done to remedy this devastating situation. Those who disagree with me on this issue i pray that you fall in to similar situation and you will understand what i mean. DOS, i know you are empathic enough to come to the aid of those individuals across the world who were affected . GOD BLESS AMERICA.Thank you www.facebook.com/dv2012

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    • ROMANY ROFAIL STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW HARSH AND INJUST TO SCRAP A FEW THOUSAND DREAMS AND HOPES OF LEGAL APPLICANTS BECAUSE OF A COMPUTER PROBLEM THAT IS THE USCIS RESPONSIBILITY WHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE, LEAVING MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS ALLOVER THE COUNTRY. SHAME ON AMERICA IF YOU DO NOT CORRECT THIS!

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    • M.W. Faruque DHAKA, BANGLADESH
      • about 3 years ago

      In solidarity. We humbly ask the authority

      when the DV 2012 entrants will be realsed after lottery again due to computer problems.

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