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Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. Department of State, Rex Tillerson, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

They Stood with Us: Save Iraqi Family Under Immediate Threat for Working with U.S. Troops

Mohammed, a 62-year-old Iraqi, and his family are in grave danger because of their affiliation with the U.S. military and desperately need to be granted refugee status in the United States before it’s too late. Multiple generations of Mohammed’s family have risked their lives for U.S. forces and to bring freedom and safety to Iraq. Two of his sons served as interpreters for the U.S. Army, and his brother interpreted for the Marine Corps. All three of them had their lives threatened, and one son was shot in the face by militia. Mohammed’s brother was shot, killed, and left dead in a dumpster when the militia found out about his work. Please sign my petition asking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expedite processing of the family’s refugee case that was recently approved on a conditional basis.  Three of Mohammed’s children (the two interpreter brothers and one of their sisters) have already been resettled in recognition of their sacrifices for the United States. But Mohammed, his wife, and his three other children (including a 10-year-old daughter) remain in Iraq, where they are in hiding due to their history of support for the U.S. and the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.  While they wait for their case to be finalized, they remain a prime target for terrorist organizations.  After over six years of vetting, they continue to fear for their lives and the risk of being them being killed because of their affiliation with the U.S. is increased the longer their case is delayed. Mohammed and his family firmly believe in the importance of U.S. national security – the family collectively made the decision to defend it at great personal risk.      Yet, last year, the family received a devastating denial of their refugee case with no explanation.  American citizens rallied behind the family and over 22,000 signatures were gathered on Change.org asking USCIS to review the decision in light of the sacrifices the family has made for the U.S.  USCIS considered the entirety of the evidence and made a wrong right by overturning their previous denial.  We are incredibly grateful for the USCIS officials who took a hard look at the case and put this family back on track for refugee resettlement to the US.  However, it is important to remember that the ordeal is not over until the day the family safely escapes Iraq, lands stateside, and clears customs.    Mohammed and his family have been through enough.  They have had family members killed and wounded and they have had their family torn apart.  All of this is because of their loyalty to the U.S. It is time to bring the rest of the family to new home in the U.S.  They deserve to be reunited and should no longer fear daily for their lives.  Sign my petition to ask USCIS to finalize their case.  We made a promise to protect this family. We cannot let this family die at the hands of our common enemy.

Peter Farley
50,786 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, United States Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of State, Dona...

KEEP AMERICA GREAT! Protect America's National Parks Now and Forever!

Imagine a country without National Parks. Imagine a land with oil fields instead of geysers, mountains littered with construction equipment, the greatest trees in the world laying, stricken from their roots. Imagine a country with no Grand Canyon. Or Yellowstone. Or Yosemite. Recently, the new Republican government has paved the way to opening up these sacred lands to be sold and/or used for drilling or development. This is one of the most solemn moments America has ever seen. Donald Trump has already signed executive orders which, if passed, will revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Along with censoring the EPA and the National Park Service, these movements could lead to many lands, and the Parks themselves, being sold off to companies and developers, letting them be turned into pipeline sites, real estate, or mining sites for gas, coal, and oil. This would turn our National Parks to nothing more but dumping grounds and building sites. Stand up. Speak up. Don't let this continue! Don't set a precedent letting the government butcher our lands and drain them of their beauty! Sign to ask the President and all other names mentioned to do this: Reverse this Ease to Open the National Parks to Businesses.  In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt himself: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

Sproutogether Inc
49,535 supporters
Petitioning Charles Schumer, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Animal Planet, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ellen Jaffee, Andrew C...

Create more marine protected areas to reduce effect of overfishing on oceanic ecosystems

Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction and it is a serious issue that is often ignored. It is a problem within the United States but even worse outside of it. Some stocks of large fish have decreased by about 90% in the past 60 years. Overfishing leads to so many deaths of fish (especially large fish) that the oceanic ecosystems are being negatively impacted. By protecting more areas in the ocean and creating more "no fishing" areas across oceans, the effect of overfishing would be reduced and fish populations may begin replenishing themselves. More than 85 percent of the world's fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limits and are in need of strict management plans to restore them. The creation of more "no fishing" zones would only be a step towards stopping overfishing and its harms. Overfishing is an issue that affects everyone, not only fish; it is in everybody's best interest to keep the fish populations healthy. 

Allison King
33,480 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Department of State

Allow my husband to come home for the birth of our child

 In 1999, I was an American attending college in Lagos, Nigeria. Little did I know I would meet the love of my life while studying in that wonderful country. We got married last year, and are expecting a baby at the end of this month. It’s a story for the study abroad catalog, certainly. But our love story has become a bureaucratic nightmare. When we got married, I filed an I-130 petition to bring my husband to the U.S. so we could start our life together here. Everything was quickly approved on the U.S. side. But when my husband went for his interview at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, they claimed they didn’t see enough evidence of a real marriage between us and put our petition in “administrative processing.” We have been together for 15 years, and our relationship is well documented. We have provided them proof of all of this, yet they refuse to hear us. I have a c-section scheduled in a few weeks. My husband will not be present at the birth of his child, or to help me recuperate, if we cannot convince the embassy to end this unnecessary processing. The U.S. has approved his visa. We have furnished every shred of proof we have of our true and loving relationship, and all other documents requested. Please, demand that the adjudicator at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos take my husband off administrative processing and allow him to attend the birth of his baby. Due to high blood pressure, I have been unable to work during this pregnancy and am quickly running out of money. But in order to even see my own husband, I have had to scrounge the funds to fly to Nigeria three times in the last months. I can’t afford to keep doing this. And now, new developments with the Zika Virus and Lassa fever make further travel to Nigeria a non-option out of fear for the baby’s health. Our relationship is being strained because of this separation. And I truly don’t know what I will do without my husband here to help me after my surgery, with a newborn.   This delay is cruel and unnecessary, and threatens to tear a family apart. Please help me call on the U.S. Embassy in Lagos to end my husband’s administrative processing and grant him his visa, so he may join me immediately for the birth of our child.

Ameedat Ajibade
24,629 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Pat Toomey, President of the United States, U.S. Department of State, Robert Casey

Temporary ease of sanctions on Iran to aid earthquake survivors

A terrible earthquake hit a large area on the Iran-Iraq border on November 12, 2017 around 21:48PM local time. More than a hundred aftershock tremors are still striking the area, preventing people from traveling back home, entering their homes, or moving inside the towns. In particular, the town of Sarpol e-Zahab, a locality of about 36,000 inhabitants, was one of the most affected areas. Here, the death toll rose to 236 people, and thousands of injured people continue to need medical attention 24 hours later. Rescue teams are still unearthing bodies. Among the casualties are innocent children, whose access to medical care is precarious and who cannot return to school in the near future, as schools have been severely damaged. Many inhabitants lost their home, and their children are forced to sleep in cars and in tents in a weather bordering on winter. While international NGOs are on the ground in Iraq offering relief to those affected, it is very difficult to get into Iran and help in the areas mostly damaged by the trembler. The US sanctions placed on Iran prevent much aid from being sent to where it is most needed right now. While the US Department of State issued a message of sympathy on November 13, 2017, (https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/11/275491.htm much more can be done. The US has the ability to help. Many people want and can help, but sending aid to Iran is nearly impossible without a temporary ease of sanctions on humanitarian aid. Former US President, Barack Obama and his administration temporarily eased the sanctions in 2012 for 45 days, when a deadly earthquake hit Iran on August 11. Under the lift, NGOs were able to transfer up to $300,000 in funds to Iran at that time to help those affected. We ask President Donald Trump and the US Senate to please allow a similar ease of sanctions to help the children of Iran who lost homes and family in the earthquake. Mr. President, Senators Casey and Toomey, please support humanitarianism. Please allow aid to be sent to Iran. Thank you.

Roxana Cazan
11,746 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, U.S. Department of State, UK Parliament, Government of Pakistan

Please take action against the Rohingya genocide

This is barbaric and painful. Inhumane atrocities against innocent human beings must come to end. They need our help. We all have to play our role. Please take action against the Rohingya genocide. Please sign this petition.  Thankyou so much! Kanwal Malik

Kanwal Mälik
8,084 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of State

Revisión de expedientes migratorios de Venezolanos en EE.UU

En Estados Unidos decenas de Venezolanos son señalados frecuentemente, de estar vinculados a delitos relacionados con la delincuencia organizada, tales como: narcotráfico, terrorismo, estafa, fraude, lavado de dinero, empresas fantasmas, corrupción, sobornos, enriquecimiento ilícito, robo, asesinato, prostitución y trafico de personas entre otros. Algunos de estos ciudadanos son  funcionarios o ex funcionarios del gobierno de Venezuela, de todas las instituciones del Estado, desde la administración de Justicia hasta cargos en la Gerencia Publica. Así como otros, que sin ser funcionarios, están vinculados directa o indirectamente a hechos de corrupción. Por otro lado, hay algunos que son testaferros de quienes saquearon a Venezuela, teniendo a familiares de estos, viviendo o haciendo negocios en territorio de EEUU, contaminando el sistema financiero americano con el ingreso de dinero producto de actividades ilícitas. Y no se escapan quienes han violado los derechos humanos de los venezolanos y conviven entre nosotros como si que por sus acciones no tuvieran que responder. Muchos de estos venezolanos ya han sido detenidos, están solicitados, vinculados, pagan condenas o negocian con las autoridades norteamericanas. Otros permanecen prófugos y otros conviven alegremente entre nosotros, ciudadanos honestos que hemos venido a los Estados Unidos, muchas veces escapando de la corrupción e inseguridad personal y jurídica que estos mismos ciudadanos han causado en nuestro país de origen, Venezuela. En virtud de lo anterior y ante la presunción de vinculación con  delitos arriba mencionados de ciudadanos venezolanos que viven, visitan, invierten y hacen negocios en los Estados Unidos, los abajo firmantes SOLICITAMOS al Departamento de Estado y al Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos que REABRAN para su REVISION los expedientes migratorios de los ciudadanos que presuntamente habrían mentido, obviado, manipulado y tergiversado la información solicitada por los organismos competentes de Estados Unidos de América para el otorgamiento de ciudadanía, residencia, visados y asilos.  Los abogados y diputados, Venezolanos y Norteamericanos, que llevan adelante esta iniciativa entregaran los antecedentes de dichos ciudadanos al Departamento de Inmigracion y al Departamento de Estado en Washington DC, junto con esta peticion.

Lourdes Ubieta
7,004 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Department of State

Revisión de expedientes migratorios de Venezolanos en EE.UU

En Estados Unidos decenas de Venezolanos son señalados frecuentemente, de estar vinculados a delitos relacionados con la delincuencia organizada, tales como: narcotráfico, terrorismo, estafa, fraude, lavado de dinero, empresas fantasmas, corrupción, sobornos, enriquecimiento ilícito, robo, asesinato, prostitución y trafico de personas entre otros. Algunos de estos ciudadanos son  funcionarios o ex funcionarios del gobierno de Venezuela, de todas las instituciones del Estado, desde la administración de Justicia hasta cargos en la Gerencia Publica. Así como otros, que sin ser funcionarios, están vinculados directa o indirectamente a hechos de corrupción. Por otro lado, hay algunos que son testaferros de quienes saquearon a Venezuela, teniendo a familiares de estos, viviendo o haciendo negocios en territorio de EEUU, contaminando el sistema financiero americano con el ingreso de dinero producto de actividades ilícitas. Y no se escapan quienes han violado los derechos humanos de los venezolanos y conviven entre nosotros como si que por sus acciones no tuvieran que responder. Muchos de estos venezolanos ya han sido detenidos, están solicitados, vinculados, pagan condenas o negocian con las autoridades norteamericanas. Otros permanecen prófugos y otros conviven alegremente entre nosotros, ciudadanos honestos que hemos venido a los Estados Unidos, muchas veces escapando de la corrupción e inseguridad personal y jurídica que estos mismos ciudadanos han causado en nuestro país de origen, Venezuela. En virtud de lo anterior y ante la presunción de vinculación con  delitos arriba mencionados de ciudadanos venezolanos que viven, visitan, invierten y hacen negocios en los Estados Unidos, los abajo firmantes SOLICITAMOS al Departamento de Estado y al Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos que REABRAN para su REVISION los expedientes migratorios de los ciudadanos que presuntamente habrían mentido, obviado, manipulado y tergiversado la información solicitada por los organismos competentes de Estados Unidos de América para el otorgamiento de ciudadanía, residencia, visados y asilos.  Los abogados y diputados, Venezolanos y Norteamericanos, que llevan adelante esta iniciativa entregaran los antecedentes de dichos ciudadanos al Departamento de Inmigracion y al Departamento de Estado en Washington DC, junto con esta peticion.

Lourdes Ubieta
7,004 supporters
Petitioning Barack Obama, U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Make All EB categories in the Visa Bulletin Current

In the light of so many possible negative changes on immigration, we urge President Obama, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security to make the February 2017 Visa Bulletin current for India and China.  If the government is willing to at least make Chart B on the Visa Bulletin current for January 2017 for Indians and Chinese, many will be able to benefit from an employment authorization document (EAD) and AC 21. In 2007, the Bush Administration did make all the EB categories current, we hope the DOS and President Obama will consider this as a final way to actually help those who have been waiting for years on their priority dates.

Shah Peerally
4,255 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, United Nations Security Council, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of State, United ...

Help release the kidnapped Archbishops of Syria

On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed. Today, 4 years later, the bishops remain missing – though for some time it has been rumored that only one of them is still alive. The bishops were abducted on their way back from the Turkish border, where they were negotiating the release of two priests, Fathers Michael Kayyal and Maher Mahfouz, who had themselves been kidnapped in February 2013. We have been quietly inquiring behind the scenes for 4 years now. We will not be silent anymore. As per the Freedom of Information Act, we are now demanding from the United States government in particular as well as the international community in general, to provide us with answers as to the whereabouts of these two servants of the Lord and the Church, in the name of humanity and decency. We urge the United States government to place whatever pressure need be applied on all its allies to obtain results in this matter particularly Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and Syria. If these two clergymen are deceased, release their bodies so that they may receive a proper and dignified burial.  If by any miracle of GOD, any one of them is still alive, we urge the US President, the Senate and the members of Congress and their allies to put their efforts together with other countries in the region and help bring them home. Please help us bring our brothers home. Your immediate action is highly appreciated. Sign and Share this petition  

International Christian Union
4,223 supporters