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Petitioning Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Carlos Curbelo, Ron DeSantis, Mario Diaz-Balart, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast, Bill Posey, Thomas Rooney, Francis Rooney, Dennis Ross, John Rutherford, Daniel Web...

URGE FLORIDA CONGRESSMEN TO VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY

  This petition is aimed at the multiple representatives, and one senator in the state of Florida, who voted to open the door for ISPs to sell customer data in a recent election. Consumer awareness is on the rise, especially as the vote for Net Neutrality draws near (within the next month.) As many know, the state of Florida holds one of the strongest voices in congress, and the votes of the representatives in our 27 districts are not taken lightly. 15 of our 27 Representatives voted in favor of an act similar to the repeal of Net Neutrality, which arguably infringed upon the personal rights of consumers. We can predict, both from their voting patterns, and the hearty compensation they receive from the telecom industry, that the Representatives this petition hopes to appeal to will vote in favor of the repeal of Net Neutrality as instated by Chairman Pai. If Net Neutrality were to be repealed, "ISPs would have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, split the Internet into "fast lanes" for companies that pay and "slow lanes" for the rest, (and could) force (you) to buy special "tiers" to access the sites and services (you) choose." (Cred) For a full disclosure of what exactly your congressmen are voting for, read the entire repeal here. This being said, I urge you, as citizens of Florida to both write to the representatives of your district, and to write to Sen. Marco Rubio, and make sure they're taking the ethical stance on Net Neutrality. Thank you for your time, and support. 

Rachel Chumley
65,317 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Brian Mast, Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States

Cancel Deportation Order Against Pedro Richard Cruz-Ruiz father of two

On December 9th, 2017 my husband's lawyer's office called to deliver the bad news that the lawyer can longer cancel his deportation order that he has been cancelling every year in order to obtain an Employment Authorization Card. My husband and I have been together since September 27th, 2008 we met at No Name Pub in Big Pine Key, Florida. I already had a daughter of age 16 months at that time from a previous very abusive relationship. We fell in love immediately and have been inseparable ever since. We got married in January of 2010 never thinking he would become a legal resident. Pedro also known as Richard was brought here by his father in the year of 2000 illegally to pursue a better life for himself and attend school. He was a minor but yet that fact does not matter all people see is he entered illegally.  When his father was struggling to make enough money for his family Richard decided to quit school and started to work two jobs. He had worked at No Name Pub for over 13 years and also with Winn Dixie for a few years off and on. After we married about 4 years later we decided to just try talking to lawyers and see what we could do. Richard had obtained a license years ago but the paper he signed was agreeing that he would leave after the year was over, Richard was not aware it stated this and signed it because he did not want to drive illegally to and from work. So now we were faced with cancelling that deportation order in order to obtain his employment card which also granted him a social security number as well as a temporary driver's license. Richard and I have been doing this every single year as well as myself requesting he be able to stay forever but that process could take years the lawyer said. After my husband got his social security and license cards he right away knew he wanted to adopt the daughter he had been taking care of for so many years (8 years to be exact) whose father never paid more than $600 in her whole life. So right away we did what needed to be done in order for her to share our last name and it worked! Kylee is now Richard's daughter in all ways. In 2016 we said since Richard is legal now lets try for a baby of our own after waiting 9 years to make sure he would be able to stay in the US. To our surprise it took and Rosabella was born on July 21st, 2017. Our children are our pride and joy and we will do anything to keep our family together. In September of this year we lost all of our belongings to Hurricane Irma and were forced to leave the Florida Keys and reside with my brother until we found our home which we are about to move into December 15th, 2017 but now we do not know what our future holds. I Brianna Cruz cannot work due to no childcare and nursing my newborn baby. My first daughter Kylee can not handle anymore hurt in her life after losing everything this year and uprooting her life. Life without her father in the USA would cause extreme emotional distress. Mentally my daughter is unstable because of the storm and her father in fear of deportation. And myself I deal with PTSD. I also combat chronic depression after my sister was brutally murdered when I was 14 years old also pregnant at that time. My mental state can not handle life without my husband. My husband has also paid his taxes worked two jobs to support us and owns two cars so we can get around to all of my doctor appointments. He would give his friends and family the shirt off his back if they needed it because he is that nice of a person  he does not deserve this and needs to stay to take care of his family. He has no criminal record and would be a model citizen if ever granted the title. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Richard deserves the chance to present his case before Immigration Court with a council he speaks English and has no criminal history. He volunteers every week at my brother's church to help out in children's ministry. He has many friends and co workers writing letters to state his devotion to work, family and, friends. We need our story to be heard and for Richard to obtain a pardon and hearing to present his case ASAP to become legal indefinitely. Please sign this if not for us for our babies! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless, Brianna Cruz-Ruiz

Brianna Cruz
11,167 supporters
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Brian Mast, Rick Scott

Urgent: Stop the deportation of Victor R Chavez[A#072-654-887], father of (1) U.S. Child.

Víctor R. Chávez Godoy [ A# 072-654-887], is the father and breadwinner of a U.S. citizen child, Jimmy R. Chavez, and the husband of Matias Muy Carillo -- who need him to stay in the United States. Víctor R Chávez Godoy, could be deported back to Guatemala as early as next week. Victor’s parents were killed during the Guatemala civil war, leaving him an orphan. He came to the United State more than 20 years ago to seek asylum. Since then, he has not returned to Guatemala. He has made the USA his home, starting a mechanics and tires business with his wife. If Mr. Chavez is deported back to Guatemala this would be absolutely devastating for his family, his customers and his many friends in The town of Jupiter. Jimmy Chavez Muy, their son, is an honor roll student in the Palm Beach County Public School District. On March 6, 2017; Mr. Chavez along with son Jimmy, accompanied his wife for an immigration hearing in Miramar, Fl. At the hearing Mrs. Chavez was cleared, but after leaving the hearing ICE officials stop to question thefamily. Mr. Chavez then was detained by ICE for not having acceptable identification. Mr. Chavez has never been arrested. Jimmy was present the day when his dad was ripped out of hishand. With the situation escalating so quick, he was not able to give his dad one last hug and kiss. He finds it so hard to believe that this happening to him. When it comes time to eat Jimmy and his mom sit at dinner table, enough for a family of (3), thinking about the moments they spent together as a family. Victor and his family attend church every Sunday and are veryactive in the community. Victor helped to creat a soccer program in his neighborhood where kids come together to receive soccer training. Victor helps to fund this program, providing free training for the kids. Therefore,Victor R. Chavez deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a defense counsel. Please sign the petition to respectfully request that the deportation of Mr. Víctor R Chávez Godoy be stopped, according to the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Victor should be released so that he may tend to his U.S. citizen Child.   *Important*  Please take a few minutes to call: 1)   Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954)-236-4909.  2)   Rep. Brian Mast, FL # (202-225-3026) 3)   Senator Bill Nelson, FL  # (202-224-5274) Say, "I am a community member of Víctor R Chávez Godoy, and I am calling to ask that Víctor R Chávez Godoy (#A 072-654-887), deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. Thank you."  

Kuisman Mazariegos
3,738 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Marco Rubio, Brian Mast, Department of Homeland Security, Bill Nelson

Urgent: Stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, single father of 4 US citizen kids.

We may only have 24 hours to stop the deportation of Anibal Mazariegos, [ A# 070-569-023]. Anibal is the single father and breadwinner of 4 US citizen children -- some with pressing medical conditions -- who need him to stay in the United States. Anibal Mazariegos could be deported back to Guatemala as soon as early next week. He came to the United States more than 25 years ago, when he was only 17 years old, escaping from war in Guatemala. Since then, he has not returned to Guatemala. He has made the USA his home and is now a single father of 4 US citizen children and the grandfather of a 1 year old boy.  Mr. Mazariegos is the biological father of four (4) U.S. citizen children: Jacqueline, Jordy, Janet, and Julieta.  His youngest daughter, Julieta, has a heart condition that requires doctor’s supervision.  In addition, Mr. Mazariegos also acts as an adoptive father to another U.S. citizen child, Henry Gonzales. If Mr. Mazariegos is deported back to Guatemala this would be absolutely devastating for his family. Anibal applied for asylum years ago, when he first arrived to United States, but was late by a few minutes to his immigration hearing. When he arrived a few minutes after the time, they had already issued a deportation order in his absence! Anibal was granted a work permit but it was to expire next year ‘18.  He followed ICE request to show up in court for a yearly checkup. At the checkup, last week, he was asked to surrender his passport. The next morning Anibal’s boss, the owner of a small landscaping business called home wondering if he was going to show up to work. Anibal’s son informed his fathers boss about the news and because Anibal was the only driver, the owner had to shut down his business for the day.  Anibal is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and volunteers his time to clean up his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family.  Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped, according to the guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Anibal should be released so that he may tend to his U.S. citizen children while he and his attorney seek avenues of immigration relief. Then, please take a few minutes to Call. *Important* Please call Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954)-236-4909. Say, "I am a community member of Anibal Mazaerigos,and I am calling to ask that Anibal Mazariego's (#A 070-569-023) deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. Thank you." Brian Mast (Anibal’s Congressman), # (202-225-3026) Bill Nelson FL Senator # (202-224-5274) Say: "I am calling to ask that Anibal Mazariego's deportation be stopped and that he be granted discretion. His A number is 070-569-023. Thank you."

Kuisman Mazariegos
2,180 supporters
Petitioning Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, Neal Dunn, John Rutherford, Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings, Kathy Castor, Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica Wil...

Prevent Sex Offender Child Custody

My infant daughter's father was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman when he forced himself inside of her while she was asleep. He then fled the country to Mexico in an attempt to evade prosecution. The laws in the state of Florida say he could have unsupervised time with my daughter following release from his incarceration. He has never even met the child, having been incarcerated to await trial when before she was even born. Rapists can have unsupervised contact with children in the state of Florida. Let us propose that a new law be put into effect in the state of Florida that would prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having custody of a minor child, regardless of relation, with the exception of those individuals protected by the "Romeo and Juliet Law". Florida needs a "Sex Offender Child Custody Act". Let us also propose that a convicted sex offender may only have facility monitored supervised visitation of children under 18 and may not be granted any unsupervised visitation under any other circumstances. Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. Registered Convicted Sexual Offenders are not permitted by law to be in any public area where children reside and yet here, in the state of Florida they are permitted legal UNSUPERVISED time sharing of minors. A judge granting time-sharing of a child to a sex offender is placing a child to possibly reside with a sex offender, which conflicts with the protections of Megan's Law. This is a risk of danger to children. Child custody is supposed to be about the best interest of the child. The main focus of child custody is: Where will this child live in a safe and healthy environment that will promote the opportunity to thrive emotionally and physically? Placing a child with a registered sex offender unsupervised is an unnecessary risk to any child, regardless of relation.  These are many cases in the State of Florida. We must enact this law and start protecting children. We must not wait until after children have been harmed.  Please help my baby and all the families in this situation by getting involved. We are asking that you utilize your position in government and help us prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having unsupervised time-sharing of a child, regardless of paternity, maternity, or other relation. Below is info to help you better understand why NO child should live with a sex offender. 1) About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are FAMILY MEMBERS. (See https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 2) Analysis estimates that 14% of sexual offenders commit another sexual offense after five years, 24% after fifteen years  According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well (page 5).       In the vast majority of cases where there is credible evidence that a child has been penetrated, only between 5 and 15% of those children will have genital injuries consistent with sexual abuse (page 2). (So it's difficult to prove it and save them from further abuse in the event that it is a parent) Information above cited from: https://victimsofcrime.org/media/reporting-on-child-sexual-abuse/child-sexual-abuse-statistics Case Study: In a very influential study by Abel and his colleagues, several hundred sex offenders were granted federal assurances of confidentiality so that they could disclose to the researchers their full sex offense histories without the possibility of that information being reported to law enforcement. On average, these offenders admitted to having many more victims and offenses than were known to the authorities. Another study by Freeman–Longo and Blanchard yielded strikingly similar results, with significantly greater numbers of undetected deviant sexual acts than what were indicated in the official records for these offenders. Something else that was very noteworthy in this particular study was that some rapists of adult women reported that they had also committed sex offenses against children, and some child sexual abusers reported that they had also perpetrated rapes against adult women. This is referred to as “crossover.” In other words, beyond what we learn about the actual numbers of undetected offenses and victims, we might also learn that there are additional types of deviant or criminal sexual behavior and the types of victims may be different than what is documented in official records. Some individuals have demonstrated problems with sexual deviance across categories of offending behaviors, such as engaging in rape of an adult women and the molestation of young children. (Information obtained from the CENTER FOR SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT, A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Abel et al., 1987, Freeman-Longo & Blanchard, 1998) Statistics: In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse. Of these, 75% were girls. Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. 34.2% of attackers were family members. Intrafamily perpetrators constitute 1/3 -1/2 of all perpetrators against girls and about 1/5 of all perpetrators against boys and is more likely to go on over a longer period of time and is shown to have more serious consequences. A study in three states found 96% of reported rape survivors under age 12 knew the attacker. 4% of the offenders were strangers, 20% were fathers, 16% were relatives and 50% were acquaintances or friends. (U.S. Department of Justice. 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2004., 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls. 1998., U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. 1995 Child Maltreatment Survey. 1995., U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. 2000. The National Center for Victims of Crimes)  

Courtney Morgan
1,925 supporters
Petitioning Rick Scott, Jerry Brown, Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, Greg Abbott, Illinois Governor, Donald Humason, Paul Ryan, John McCain, North Carolina Governor, Rick Snyder, John Kasich, Arkansas State Sena...

Minimum and mandatory sentences for animal cruelty

Decent and caring citizens of the United States (and beyond) are exponentially tired of seeing animals killed or abused,  and then the abuser receiving little to no jail time. Animal abusers are five times more likely to hurt humans, and they are being left in society to do more damage. Almost always you find them also abusing a child or some other innocent person. Keeping them off the streets should be a priority.  The sentences given to animal abusers are weak and ineffective as deterrents, and certainly not carrying out fair and proper justice. We demand mandatory jail and longer sentences.  When an animal crime is committed, the entire community, state, and nation is in uproar- then, later find the person served very little time. Police and courts can only punish to the fullest extent of the law if their are laws that back them and back citizen outrage. We are fully tired of this weak and repetitive process.  From dragging sharks behind a boat in Florida, leaving dogs outside to freeze in the cold etc. to each case state to state- we want action.  We also want proactive warnings given to all potential abusers. Let it be known that the United States does not tolerate animal abuse!  As an example, a person who drops a puppy off a building is NOT mentally stable and should not be allowed to roam free. Therefore, sentences should be 10 to 30 years mandarory in jail or mental facility for these crimes. No exceptions.   

Jennifer Lachmund Lachmund
1,912 supporters
Petitioning Bill Shuster, Don Young, Eleanor Norton, John Duncan, Frank LoBiondo, Eddie Johnson, Sam Graves, Elijah Cummings, Duncan Hunter, Rick Larsen, Rick Crawford, Michael Capuano, Lou Barletta, Grace Nap...

Send Helicopter Aid to Puerto Rico to save lives NOW!

Supplies getting to Puerto Rico have been bottlenecked. They are sitting in warehouses in Puerto Rico and are not being distributed to the people on the island that are in desperate need.  People are living without access to food and water.  Because of the Jones act the island is unable to receive aid from anywhere but the USA unless the USA decides to waive this (which as of 9/26 they have not).  We also have failing infrastructure throughout the island due to the overwhelming amount of debt we hold and an unyielding attitude to allow us to restructure the debt or have access to bankruptcy court.  PROMESA was nothing but broken promises to our people.  We have still seen no debt relief in any form since the passing of the bill.  We demand respect and dignity as people who have been continuously exploited by the USA despite the immense sacrifices we have made for this country economically and militarily.  We demand the following: 1. Suspend the Jones Act just as was done for FL & TX & allow foreign relief vessels into Puerto Rico. EEUU controls air and marine frontiers in Puerto Rico. They need to be open NOW for any and all international help. The Jones Act needs to be waived for hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.2. Send immediate and massive aid to Puerto Rico beginning with helicopters to distribute donations and rescue people in areas that are cut off & including cell towers to aid in communications for residents & relief workers.3. Pass bankruptcy relief legislation & negotiate public debt relief immediately.4. Pass a major reconstruction bill that includes solar energy & other sustainable technology that will save millions in the long run.

Jesse Cosme
1,740 supporters
Petitioning Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, John Rutherford, Ron DeSantis, Stephanie Murphy, Bill Posey, Darren Soto, Brian Mast, Daniel Webster, Gus Bilirakis, Charlie Christ, Kat...

Tell Governor Scott that chronic pain is real and that his opioid stipulations are unfair.

Dear Governor Scott,My mother had an extensive surgery in March of 2016. It was and still is the only surgery of its kind. It was performed by Dr. Hirschl, a renowned neuro surgeon, who is apart of SHANDS at ORMC in Orlando, FL. It was a 14 hour surgery with a high risk of death, paralysis, coma, inability to ever breathe without a machine, etc. In the words of Dr. Hirschl, it was a medical miracle that she survived this surgery and that she no longer has spinal cord compression. While she no longer has neuro symptoms, she is in extreme debilitating pain. This pain haunts her every minute of every day. She is on the minimum amount of opioids that she can take (prescribed by her pain clinic) to get by. Despite this high dose of medication, she suffers every minute of everyday. If you look at her back without a shirt, you will see layers of burn marks from laying on a heating pad, at too hot of a heat setting, every day to try and curb the pain. The pain from this surgery affects her quality of life. We've tried acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, and the list goes on. Nothing can lower her pain enough to improve her quality of life. If you look at her MRI you will not question this. She has had several vertebrae removed, and her neck and upper back are made almost entirely of metal. She has no movement of her head or neck whatsover. She visibly has bolts and screws that stick out of her bony body. Please when you are making this deicision to make opioids a three day prescription, remember those who have chronic pain. She cannot live without her pain medication. Not because she is some drug abuser. But because she has a very serious CHRONIC medical condition following a very extensive one of a kind surgery that has left her crippled. The amount of pain she experiences everyday with pain medication is so great, she could not live without it. Please do not do this to her. Do not to this to the thousands of people who are barely getting by because they have documented, chronic pain. Consider those who need opioid pain medication to get by. My mom doesn't want to take pain pills. She doesn't want to be in pain. She wishes none of this ever happened and she could live a normal life. But she can't. Don't take away the only thing making her pain somewhat manageable to live through. Chronic pain is real. The cost of co-pays for three day supplies of medication is going to be a financial burden for many. Governor Scott says a 7 day supply will be allowed for extenuating circumstances. At best, those with chronic pain will have prescriptions for a maximum of 7 days if further criteria is met. This is going to affect more people than just those with chronic pain. Those receiving palliative care, those in hospice, people with cancer, etc., are going to be affected. In addition to a financial burden of constant doctors visits and medication copays, the physical burden, of endless trips, for those and their caretakers will be just as unfair.  Please sign this petition so that Governor Scott will consider those who are in chronic pain when he attempts to make changes to opioid prescriptions, limiting them to only 3 days.  Thank you.  

Brittany Small
1,650 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...

#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
1,246 supporters
Petitioning Brian Mast, Gayle Harrell

Body Cameras and Dash Cameras for Martin County Sheriff Office Dupties

Friday October 27, 2017 Jerry an Indiantown native, who enjoyed life, he also would cut all the boys hair in the neighborhood and helped the elderly maintain their yard work was shot and killed by a Martin county sheriff deputy. There is an ongoing investigation to figure out what led up to the officer using deadly force that ended Jerry's life. After speaking to other officers and the eyewitnesses at the scene everything is so unclear on how the altercation even started. Which led me to request a petition for officers to wear body cameras and request for dash cameras to be installed  in their patrol vehicles as well, because maybe if there was video footage we could have closure and answered questions in our community and for Jerry's family.

Vanessa Jones
1,205 supporters
Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

Hello, I applaud your advocacy for dogs and am excited to share some important news about my work with the White Coat Waste Project and colleagues in Congress to end abusive dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). This week, after hearing from countless constituents about this issue, I helped introduce a bipartisan amendment to the V.A.’s spending bill that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being spent on dog experiments that cause the animals significant—and sometimes unrelieved—pain and distress. I proud to report that the House of Representatives unanimously passed our amendment to cut funding for these cruel and wasteful experiments. There is still more work to do, including winning support in the Senate, but this is an important first step. It signals to the V.A. and other federal agencies that Congress will not tolerate taxpayers’ money being wasted on dog abuse. As an Army veteran and wounded warrior, this is especially significant for me. Having sustained catastrophic injuries on the battlefield, which included the loss of both my legs, I am acutely aware of the vital role dogs play in helping troops recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls. Additionally, given the V.A.’s limited resources, it is unjustifiable for it to spend taxpayers’ money hurting dogs in questionable experiments when veterans are unable to get the treatment and care they need. We must do better for veterans, dogs and American taxpayers. I am grateful for your involvement and support and will continue to keep you informed about our progress on this issue. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) http://www.facebook.com/RepBrianMast http://www.twitter.com/RepBrianMast http://www.instagram.com/RepBrianMast

12 months ago
Permanently Stop Abusive VA Dog Experiments

Hello, I applaud your advocacy for dogs and am excited to share some important news about my work with the White Coat Waste Project and colleagues in Congress to end abusive dog testing at the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). This week, after hearing from countless constituents about this issue, I helped introduce a bipartisan amendment to the V.A.’s spending bill that would prohibit taxpayer funds from being spent on dog experiments that cause the animals significant—and sometimes unrelieved—pain and distress. I proud to report that the House of Representatives unanimously passed our amendment to cut funding for these cruel and wasteful experiments. There is still more work to do, including winning support in the Senate, but this is an important first step. It signals to the V.A. and other federal agencies that Congress will not tolerate taxpayers’ money being wasted on dog abuse. As an Army veteran and wounded warrior, this is especially significant for me. Having sustained catastrophic injuries on the battlefield, which included the loss of both my legs, I am acutely aware of the vital role dogs play in helping troops recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls. Additionally, given the V.A.’s limited resources, it is unjustifiable for it to spend taxpayers’ money hurting dogs in questionable experiments when veterans are unable to get the treatment and care they need. We must do better for veterans, dogs and American taxpayers. I am grateful for your involvement and support and will continue to keep you informed about our progress on this issue. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Mast (R-FL) http://www.facebook.com/RepBrianMast http://www.twitter.com/RepBrianMast http://www.instagram.com/RepBrianMast

12 months ago