Please change the deportation process to give Federal Immigration Judges increased discretion in removal proceedings.
  • Petitioned Janet Napolitano

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Department of Homeland Security
Janet Napolitano
President of the United States
President Barack Obama, John Morton ICE, DHS Janet Napolitano
Director Immigration and Customs Enforcement
John Morton
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer
Arizona
Sen. John McCain
Arizona
Sen. Jeff Flake
Connecticut
Sen. Chris Murphy
Illinois
Sen. Dick Durbin
New Jersey
Sen. Robert Menendez
Connecticut-05
Rep. Elizabeth Esty
South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Connecticut-04
Rep. Jim Himes
Colorado
Sen. Michael Bennet
Florida
Sen. Marco Rubio
Connecticut
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Connecticut-02
Rep. Joe Courtney
Connecticut-03
Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Connecticut-01
Rep. John Larson

Please change the deportation process to give Federal Immigration Judges increased discretion in removal proceedings.

    1. Karen Lococo
    2. Petition by

      Karen Lococo

      Unionville, CT

My family is dealing with the immigration court system currently and at the start of all of this, I started  petition in regard to this issue.  I have noticed in the time since, there have been many similar petitions started and I have started to think that if we could address these needs in one big petition, there is a greater chance of our voices being heard.

Federal immigration judges do not have the ability to consider factors other than what is black and white in front of them in court.  For example, Legal Permanent Resdents (LPR) are held and deported automatically for "aggravated felonies".  While I do not condone criminal behavior, many times, the behavior occurred many years (in my husband's case 8) before ICE decides to begin removal proceedings. The judge is unable to consider factors other than the conviction.  In our case, my husband did not serve jail time, he was an addict who needed help.  I do not want to minimize his actions--he had drugs on his person and that is illegal.  However, the state court sentenced him to treatment and probation.  He completed all of this and has been a productive member of society.  He has worked for the same union for 26 years (even when he was using), paid taxes, owns a home, and has family that are all citizens.  The fact that they are NOW trying to deport him is ludicrous.  In all honesty, if it happened when he plead guilty, then I could understand it.  But to be given the opportunity by the state to change your life and then 8 years later have ICE swoop in to destroy that is unsconsionable.

Many of our families are in this same situation.  Our loved ones have changed, their crimes occurred a long time ago, they did not understand the true immigration consequence when they plead guilty, and we as US citizens are faced with a life sentence of either splitting up our families or moving to a country that is not our own.  Comprehensive immigration reform does not appear to be addressing this.  We need to be heard.  As citizens of the United States, we deserve a voice and an opportunity to live as families.

To:
Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security
President Barack Obama, John Morton ICE, DHS Janet Napolitano, President of the United States
John Morton, Director Immigration and Customs Enforcement
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Sen. Charles Schumer, New York
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona
Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut
Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois
Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Connecticut-05
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Rep. Jim Himes, Connecticut-04
Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado
Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut
Rep. Joe Courtney, Connecticut-02
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut-03
Rep. John Larson, Connecticut-01
Please consider American Citizens whose families will be destroyed by the deportation of our loved ones. Please give immigration judges discretion and the ability to use mitigating factors in deciding if a person should be deported or not. Focus your efforts on drug and arms traffickers, terrorists, and violent offenders. Stop ICE quotas and keep our families intact. We deserve that.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      please sign the petition and hope that things change.

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    • nanc francisvo MERIDEN, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      Because ice did this to me ten.years later they have destroyed an.violated my life justification for poor work on.911 i can say alot but i had enough.of them

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    • Kate Albrecht GREENFIELD, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      We are imrisoning and deprting people who are not current criminals, while people who are criminals running guns, drugs and human traffickers are not being apprehended. It is an insane shame to that immegration judges are not respected enough to use their judgement!

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    • Karen Lococo UNIONVILLE, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      I miss my husband so much and he is a good person. He doesn't deserve this and to hear his voice now is just upsetting.

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    • John Huber CATONSVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      What kind of message does it send to remove someone from their home, or the country, long after they have paid their debt for past crimes. The list of people to be deported likely came out of a computer, with no case by case evaluation given before warrants were issued. Now, a taxpaying man with a job, a wife, a daughter and a home has been removed from the only life he has ever known in an act of blind Federal stupidity! This is not the country I grew up in; where all men are created with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The letter of the law needs to be changed to reflect the spirit of the people it is 'supposed' to protect!!!

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    • John Huber CATONSVILLE, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      What kind of message does it send to remove someone from their home, or the country, long after they have paid their debt for past crimes. The list of people to be deported likely came out of a computer, with no case by case evaluation given before warrants were issued. Now, a taxpaying man with a job, a wife, a daughter and a home has been removed from the only life he has ever known in an act of blind Federal stupidity! This is not the country I grew up in; where all men are created with the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The letter of the law needs to be changed to reflect the spirit of the people it is 'supposed' to protect!!!

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