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Zoe Lofgren

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Member of Congress Proudly Representing CA's 19th Congressional District in Silicon Valley's cities of San Jose, Morgan Hill & Gilroy.


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Petitioning Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, DIane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Maxine Waters

Ditch the trips to Mar-A-Lago and save the U.S. Chemical Board

From the West Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion, to the blow-out at the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig -- the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been there to investigate and make the recommendations that help keep industrial operations safe for workers and the communities that surround these industrial plants. But the Trump administration has targeted the agency for elimination. This is why both research scientists AND private industry, even those who have been investigated by the CSB, are uniting in opposition to this dangerous, short-sighted attempt to gut a critical agency whose very mission is to uncover the causes of industrial accidents and make recommendations to prevent them from happening again. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is an agency with a significant impact, despite its relatively small budget -- roughly the cost of three Presidential trips to Mar-A-Lago. Eliminating CSB will only put workers and the general public at unnecessary risk. Their work must be preserved -- no matter what. If you care about clean, safe air and water, and believe that we should keep plant and refinery workers safe, sign and share this petition. The next chemical disaster could be right around the corner -- don’t let Congress take away our ability to help prevent it.

eric berg
39,087 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Sarah Saldana (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Stop the unfair deportation of a minor

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seems to be at war with Central American kids seeking refuge from the murderous gangs and daily violence in their home countries. Thousands of juveniles are being forced to face the broken U.S. immigration system, many without any legal representation, which often results in deportation back to the unimaginable horrors they bravely fled. Darwin Mejia is one of the minors facing this nightmare, unless ICE does the right thing. Darwin Mejia’s story is heartbreaking. Before he was even born in El Salvador, Darwin’s dad abandoned his mother. A few years later, his mother also left him. His saving grace was his Uncle Jose, who sent him money and supported him from the U.S. In 1984, Jose fled the civil war in El Salvador for the United States, and eventually became a U.S. citizen. Afraid for his life because of the brutal, escalating gang violence that reigns in El Salvador today, Darwin decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. But Darwin didn’t receive the welcome his uncle did. Instead, he was detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. When his uncle learned of Darwin’s detention, he filed for and was granted guardianship by the state of New York. This enabled Darwin to apply for a green card under Special Immigration Juvenile Status, which is available to minors like Darwin who have been neglected or abandoned. ICE has the discretion to release Darwin to his uncle and allow the green card application process to run its course. Instead, they say they plan on deporting Darwin back to El Salvador to wait out the approval process there. ICE would rather return Darwin to the violence of El Salvador than allow him to stay and be cared for by the only family he has. This is wrong and it must be stopped. While Darwin awaits his fate, he has reported being held in a small confinement cell with other people, with no place to sleep but the floor, no blankets, and frigid temperatures. At night, he says the lights are left on so people struggle to sleep. Even worse, his uncle learned from Darwin that he was recently driven to the airport to be deported, but was then returned to the detention facility because the consulate hadn’t issued travel papers. Darwin is being treated like a criminal for his bravery. He deserves a chance at a future without fear and violence -- It’s a universal hope we have for all our children. ICE has the ability to make that happen. Please support this petition asking ICE to release Darwin to be with his family while his green card application is being processed.   Please share on social media using #FreeDarwin. 

Amy Maldonado
18,918 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Consulate of the United States of America in Vietnam

URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

On July 2, 2017, my aunt Trinh Phan, a non-smoker, was suddenly diagnosed with Metastatic Stage 4 Lung Cancer and Acute Respiratory Disorder Syndrome (ARDS). At the tender age of 33, Trinh is lovingly married to Young Nguyen. They both have an 8-year-old son named David Nguyen. My aunt is currently hospitalized for her terminal illness, intubated, and in critical condition at the intensive care unit (ICU). She has been given less than a few months to live.   One of her final wishes is to be reunited with her mother, Nguyen Thi Hoa, currently residing in Vietnam. The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam has rejected our family's plea for Trinh's mother's temporary visa. The application was denied due to concerns that her mother would not return back to Vietnam and would be a burden to the United States. They claimed that Trinh's mother was unable to convince the consulate that her only desire to enter the United States was to visit her dying daughter. In actuality, this is truly the ONLY reason why her mother urgently needs a temporary visa to visit the United States. We are rallying together community members for support of a plea for Trinh Phan's mother's temporary travel visa. We have reached out to our local representatives and will be sending your support to U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (California's 19th Congressional District) seeking her assistance of a reconsideration by The Consulate General of the United States of America in Vietnam.  UPDATE (August 21, 2017): Access our plea letter to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's office at this link. Access Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's letter to the President of the United States at this link. Please sign in support to reunite Trinh and her mother during these difficult times. Your signature is a symbol of our community binding together out of love and compassion. We thank you for your prayers. With sincere gratitude, The Nguyen-Phan Family

Katherine Mỹ-Duyên Lê
17,219 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,780 supporters
Petitioning Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware State Senate, John Carney, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Massachusetts State House, Michael Capuano, Jim McGovern, Niki Tsongas...

Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US

Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.

Kaveh Dlv
6,700 supporters
Petitioning Lindsey Graham, Dick Durbin, Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Carlos Curbelo, Judy Chu, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Zoe Lofgren, Lisa Murkowski, Dianne Feinstein, Jeff Fla...

Support the DREAM ACT of 2017 to Protect Our Dreamers!

SIGNING AND SHARING THIS PETITION ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT DREAMERS TODAY. Add your signature to this petition and urge your representatives and senators to bring the Dream Act of 2017 to the floor in both houses of Congress RIGHT NOW. Until then, our Dreamers are in jeopardy -- now more than ever. Make no mistake – phasing out DACA has already begun. We don’t have six months to wait. The Dream Act is resurrected! It has a long history in Congress, but no version of it has ever become law. Let's all come together as one, as #TEAMDREAMER, to save our DREAMERS by signing this petition in support of the DREAM ACT of 2017. The Dream Act of 2017 is already a bi-partisan effort.  We need Congress to bring a clean Dream Act bill to the floor that grants PERMANENT LEGAL STATUS to Dreamers - without walls, e-verify or any other stipulations that will negatively affect other immigrants. Opponents of DACA are rationalizing President Trump's decision as a means to an end, toward holding Dreamers hostage in pursuit of their political, legislative or campaign agendas. We cannot allow the dream to end for 800,000 DACA-documented Americans when a practical solution is already in place and ready for a vote. Read more about The Dream Act at UnitedWeStay.org and UnitedWeDream.org.

UnitedWeStay.org
5,992 supporters
Petitioning Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Jim Patterson, Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, T. Montgomery Mason, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Terry McAuliffe, Jerry Brown...

Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming

THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired  or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice.  Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE:  Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims. 

Kathy Waters
1,879 supporters
Petitioning Bob Goodlatte, Zoe Lofgren, Ron Wyden, Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, Jim Sensenbrenner, Steve Chabot, Ted Poe, Jason Chaffetz, John Ratcliffe, Martha Roby, Mike Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ted Deutch...

To enact Aaron's Law 2017 and Amend the CFAA

What is Aaron’s Law? Definition – What does Aaron’s Law mean?Aaron’s Law is pending legislation introduced in response to the death of Aaron Swartz, a respected and celebrated political activist, computer programmer and entrepreneur who founded Demand Progress and co-founded Reddit. Swartz died January 11, 2013, at the age of 26. Introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Aaron’s Law would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and wire fraud statute. In 2010, Swartz was charged with 13 felony wire fraud and hacking charges based on these laws. If Swartz had been convicted, he may have been forced to pay a large fine or have received a prison sentence of up to 35 years. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) introduced bipartisan legislation in 2015 to better target serious criminals and curb overzealous prosecutions for non-malicious computer and Internet offenses.Cosponsors of the legislation also include U.S. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.).“Violating a smartphone app’s terms of service or sharing academic articles should not be punished more harshly than a government agency hacking into Senate files,” Wyden said. “The CFAA is so inconsistently and capriciously applied it results in misguided, heavy-handed prosecution. Aaron’s Law would curb this abuse while still preserving the tools needed to prosecute malicious attacks.”“The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is long overdue for reform,” said Lofgren. “At its very core, CFAA is an anti-hacking law. Unfortunately, over time we have seen prosecutors broadening the intent of the act, handing out inordinately severe criminal penalties for less-than-serious violations. It’s time we reformed this law to better focus on truly malicious hackers and bad actors, and away from common computer and Internet activities.”“I am proud to join Sen. Wyden and Rep. Lofgren today in offering this bipartisan and bicameral legislation which will amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Aaron’s Law will reduce overbroad prosecutions and adjust unfair sentencing practices,” Paul said. Aaron’s Law would address fundamental problems with the CFAA by: Establishing that breaches of terms of service, employment agreements, or contracts are not automatic violations of the CFAA. By using legislative language based closely on 9th and 4th Circuit Court opinions, the bill would instead define ‘access without authorization’ under the CFAA as gaining unauthorized access to information by circumventing technological or physical controls — such as password requirements, encryption or locked office doors. Hack attacks such as phishing, injection of malware or keystroke loggers, denial-of-service attacks, and viruses would continue to be fully prosecutable under the strong CFAA provisions this bill does not modify. Bringing balance back to the CFAA by eliminating a redundant provision that enables an individual to be punished multiple times through duplicate charges for the same violation. Eliminating the redundant provision streamlines the law, but would not create a gap in protection against hackers. Bringing greater proportionality to CFAA penalties. Currently, the CFAA’s penalties are tiered, and prosecutors have wide discretion to ratchet up the severity of the penalties in several circumstances, leaving little room for nonfelony charges under CFAA (i.e., charges with penalties carrying less than a year in prison). The bill ensures prosecutors cannot seek to inflate sentences by stacking multiple charges under the CFAA, including state law equivalents or non-criminal violations of the law. SEC. 2. CLARIFYING THAT ‘‘ACCESS WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION’’ UNDER SECTION 1030 OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, MEANS CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL BARRIERS IN ORDER TO GAIN UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS.a) IN GENERAL.—Section 1030(e)(6) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by— (1) striking ‘‘exceeds authorized access’’ and all that follows; and (2) inserting the following: ‘‘ ‘access without authorization’ means— ‘‘(A) to obtain information on a protected computer; ‘‘(B) that the accessor lacks authorization to obtain; and ‘‘(C) by knowingly circumventing one or more technological or physical measures that are designed to exclude or prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining that information;’’. (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Section 1030 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (d)(10), by striking ‘‘unauthorized access, or exceeding authorized access, to ’’ and inserting ‘‘access without authorization of a protected’’; and(2) by striking ‘‘exceeds authorized access’’ each place it appears. SEC. 3. ELIMINATING REDUNDANCY.(a) REPEAL.—Section 1030(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—(1) by striking paragraph (4); and(2) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (4), (5), and (6), respectively.(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section 1030 of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (c)— (A) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘(a)(6)’’ each place it appears and inserting ‘‘(a)(5)’’; and(B) in paragraph (3)— (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(4) or (a)(7)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(6)’’; and (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(4), or (a)(7)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(6)’’; and (C) in paragraph (4)— (i) in subparagraph (A)(i), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(B)’’ and inserting ‘‘sub-section (a)(4)(B)’’; (ii) in subparagraph (B)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4) (A)’’; (iii) in subparagraph (C)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’; (iv) in subparagraph (D)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(C)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(C)’’; (v) in subparagraph (E), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)(A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(A)’’; (vi) in subparagraph (F), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5) (A)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)(A)’’; and (vii) in subparagraph (G)(i), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’; and(2) in subsection (h), by striking ‘‘subsection (a)(5)’’ and inserting ‘‘subsection (a)(4)’’. SEC. 4. MAKING PENALTIES PROPORTIONAL TO CRIMES. (a) Section 1030(c)(2) of title 18, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subparagraph (A)— (A) by striking ‘‘conviction for another’’ and inserting ‘‘subsequent’’; and (B) by inserting ‘‘such’’ after ‘‘attempt to commit’’; (2) in subparagraph (B)(i), by inserting after ‘‘financial gain’’ the following: ‘‘and the fair market value of the information obtained exceeds $5,000’’; (3) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking ‘‘the offense was committed’’ and all that follows through the semicolon, and inserting the following: ‘‘the offense was committed in furtherance of any criminal act in violation of the Constitution or laws of the United States or of any State punishable by a term of imprisonment greater than one year, unless such criminal acts are prohibited by this section or such State violation would be based solely on accessing information without authorization;’’; (4) in subparagraph (B)(iii), by inserting ‘‘fair market’’ before ‘‘value’’; and (5) in subparagraph (C)— (A) by striking ‘‘conviction for another’’ and inserting ‘‘subsequent’’; and (B) by inserting ‘‘such’’ after ‘‘attempt to commit.    https://www.techopedia.com/definition/29206/aarons-law By Aarons Law 2017, we demand Aarons Law be enacted!  

Joziah Zinxnix
817 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Hal Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Kay Granger, Mike Simpson, John Culberson, John Carter, Ken Calvert, Tom Cole, Mario Diaz-Balart, Charlie Dent...

PLEASE #SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!

Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!  Ask Congress to support American seasonal/small business! Temporary H2B workers help sustain US jobs and are necessary for these LEGAL employers. Do not let ILLEGAL employers force them to close their doors! 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 the H-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 important for 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_2Bhttps://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

SAVE H-2B
737 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Maxine Waters, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal...

Stop Chemtrails Above SoCal Orange County

Chemical trails have taken over SoCal Orange County's skies. We no longer see clear blue skies or real clouds... When you look up you can see a haze of smog and other pollutants. This needs to stop! Heavy metal ingestion and aerosol pollution has been linked to Alzheimer's, cancer, respiratory problems, adrenal disorders, fetal deformities in pregnant women, allergies and many more illnesses and diseases. This HAS GOT TO STOP!!!! As law abiding tax paying citizens and as humans, it is our natural born right to have access to clean air and water. This is not only polluting our air but it's heavily contaminating our waterways! Please sign this petition to stop the daily poisoning of men, women, and children of Orange County!

Darya Einollahi
692 supporters
URGENT PLEA for Trinh Phan

Dear Friends, Thank you for joining this petition. Your participation is very helpful in drawing attention to Mrs. Phan and her need to be reunited with her mother given her dire medical condition. I have been trying to help Mrs. Phan’s mother get into the United States to see her daughter. In addition to contacting the US Embassy in Vietnam and contacting the State Department, I want you to know that I have also reached out to President Trump to request his assistance. I have urged the President to consider the Nguyen-Phan family’s request with the utmost urgency and compassion. You can read my letter to the President here: http://bit.ly/2vVn1ew Thank you again for adding your voice and demonstrating your support for Mrs. Phan. Sincerely, Zoe Lofgren Member of Congress

3 months ago
Save Net Neutrality

Thank you for joining this important petition. I agree that the FCC’s planned rollback of net neutrality regulations would alter the internet significantly. That’s why, during the previous rulemaking, I sent a letter to then FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlining a path forward for strong net neutrality rules. You can read my full letter here: http://bit.ly/2uSUpjJ As you may already know, the public comment period for FCC’s net neutrality repeal proposal is open until August 17. I would encourage you to submit your comments for the record here: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-108 You may also be interested to know that I joined a number of my House Democratic colleagues in signing a letter to Chairman Pai, urging him to retain current rules that classify broadband providers as telecommunications services under Title II of the Communications Act. Our existing net neutrality protections ensure that all users have access to an open and free internet. You have my commitment to continue to fight against any attempts by Republicans to dismantle these crucial regulations. Thank you, Representative Zoe Lofgren

4 months ago
We want to see Trump's tax returns.

Thank you for joining this petition calling for President Trump to release his tax returns, and to Nancy for bringing so much attention to this problem. I agree with you. Examining his tax returns would let us know whether President Trump’s businesses constitute financial conflicts of interest that compromise his ability to act in the public’s interest. On March 27, 2017, I introduced a Privileged Resolution to require Congress to review President Trump’s tax returns to determine whether the President has violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Unfortunately, Republicans voted to block this resolution from passage. I am a cosponsor of Rep. Pascrell’s resolution of inquiry (H.Res. 186), which would direct the Department of Treasury to provide the House of Representatives with the President’s tax returns from 2006 to 2015. Once again, however, the Republican members of the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to prevent this resolution from reaching the House floor for a vote. Thanks to everyone who signed this petition. Keep up the public pressure on President Trump to release his tax returns! Share this petition with your friends and contact your Representatives! It is time we got to the bottom of the President’s financial entanglements. Representative Zoe Lofgren

7 months ago
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights

Thanks for joining this petition to support the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act. Sexual assault is serious. We need to help prevent these attacks and must also provide better care for sexual assault survivors who deserve a fair, just system that safeguards their rights and assists them in the judicial process. Last May, Amanda Nguyen contacted me. I learned I was the first Member of the House to actually meet with her and other advocates from RISE. I was touched and inspired by their stories. As the senior woman serving on the House Judiciary Committee, I felt a special responsibility to take action after our meeting. Their voices and advocacy are the reason I was so proud to introduce a bipartisan Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act in June this year. This important legislation will provide survivors of sexual assault with a number of commonsense protections, including access to evidence collection kits and the preservation of collected evidence. The bill, H.R. 5578, also establishes a working group to develop best practices for care and treatment of sexual assault survivors. In record time H.R. 5578 passed by a unanimous voice vote out of the House Judiciary Committee. It now awaits a vote on the House floor. Amanda and other survivors are strong, tough advocates. They have triumphed over those who assaulted them by playing a key role in changing the law for assault survivors. Their work is infinitely more important than us legislators who simply responded to their compelling proposals. We’ve made progress, but the job is not yet done. Your continued support for bringing H.R. 5578 for a vote on the House floor is still needed.

1 year ago