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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 Mike Pompeo

Free Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen

FREE U.S. CITIZEN MICHAEL PHUONG NGUYEN, HELD BY VIETNAMESE GOVT WITHOUT CAUSE Xin xem ở phía dưới cho tiếng Việt We wish to bring your attention to the plight of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen.  On June 27, 2018, Michael traveled to Vietnam to visit friends and family. However, he did not return on his scheduled flight.  Through various sources, he is presumed to be currently being detained and imprisoned by the Vietnamese government. As of July 27th, Michael has already been missing for 21 days.  The government there refuses to acknowledge his detainment, or share any information about his condition. As of today, we have not been able to confirm his whereabouts or what he was charged with. For any government to incarcerate anyone without any probable cause is a blatant violation of human rights and of international law, especially if the detained is a citizen of another country. Michael, 54, is a U.S. Citizen, father of 4 daughters, an independent business man and an active member of his community and church.  His family is very concern for his safety. We, as U.S. citizens, hereby demand an immediate and unconditional release of Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen. Failure to do so only serves to further discredit the Vietnamese government in the eyes of the international community, and equally important, in the eyes Vietnamese people. We respectfully asked for your assistance in this cause.   ĐÒI HỎI TRẢ TỰ DO CHO CÔNG DÂN HOA KỲ MICHAEL PHƯƠNG MINH NGUYỄN ĐANG BỊ CHÍNH PHỦ VIỆT NAM BẮT GIAM KHÔNG LÝ DO Gia đình chúng tôi khẩn thiết kêu gọi sự quan tâm của tất cả mọi người đến hoàn cảnh của chồng và cha chúng tôi, anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Từ ngày 27 tháng Sáu năm 2018, anh Michael Phương đã về Việt Nam thăm viếng bạn bè và gia đình. Anh đã không trở về trên chuyến bay đã ấn định. Qua nhiều nguồn tin khác nhau, chúng tôi được biết anh đang bị chính quyền Việt Nam bắt giữ và giam cầm. Tính cho đến ngày 27 tháng Bảy, anh Michael Phương đã biệt tăm 21 ngày. Chính quyền Việt Nam từ chối xác nhận việc giam giữ, hay chia sẻ bất cứ tin tức gì về tình trạng của anh. Và cho đến hôm nay, chúng tôi cũng không xác định được nơi nhà giam nào và anh bị cáo buộc về tội gì. Bất cứ chính quyền nào giam giữ người không duyên cớ đã là một vi phạm trầm trọng đến nhân quyền và luật lệ quốc tế, đặc biệt hơn nữa người bị giam là công dân của một quốc gia khác. Anh Michael Phương, 54 tuổi, là một công dân Hoa Kỳ có bốn người con gái, một doanh nhân độc lập, và còn là một thành viên tích cực phục vụ trong cộng đồng nơi gia đình anh cư ngụ. Gia đình chúng tôi hiện đang cực kỳ lo lắng cho sự an toàn của anh. Chúng tôi, những công dân Hoa Kỳ, đòi hỏi chính quyền Việt Nam trả tự do tức khắc và vô điều kiện cho anh Michael Phương Minh Nguyễn. Việc từ chối sự yêu cầu chính đáng này càng làm chính quyền Việt Nam suy giảm uy tín trong cộng đồng quốc tế; và cũng ngang tầm mức quan trọng là cái nhìn của những người Việt Nam. Chúng tôi khẩn khoản kêu gọi sự hỗ trợ của quý vị trong công tác nhân quyền này.      

Friends of Michael Nguyen
106,675 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, US department of commerce, Census Bureau, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, Dana Rohrabacher, Seth Moulton, Jim McGovern, Jim Cost...

Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!

Dear fellow Americans for justice, brothers and sisters against racism, The glaringly racist legacy of sub-Asian boxes on the Census form was started in 1870, after the Burlingame Treaty of 1868, which eventually led to the infamous, racist, and inhumane Chinese Exclusion Act spanning from 1882 to 1943, which among other terrible abominations, banned U.S. residents of Chinese descent from having children or getting married; their family members in Asia were forbidden from entry to U.S. and reuniting as families. The Census form has no "Asian/Asian American" category. In its place are a group of boxes signifying foreign nationalities in Asia as if Asian Americans were all “perpetual foreigners.” It intrusively identified and collected data on which U.S. residents were of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese...descent. While the Chinese Exclusion Act ended in 1943, did these racist, humiliating, dehumanizing sub-Asian boxes get removed from the Census form? No, they were kept on the Census form by the U.S. government even until today, and if we don't fight back and boycott the Census form with sub-Asian boxes, it will stay on the 2020 Census form and beyond, prolonging a racist American legacy, a shame to all Americans. This legacy treats Americans of Asian descent as perpetual foreigners, and collects intrusive personal ancestral origin data used in many kinds of racial discrimination and persecution. In one example, the U.S. government used information from the Census Bureau to identify native born Americans of Japanese descent and sent them to Internment Camps during the World War II. There were also discriminatory laws against Americans of various Asian descent, such as Filipino. Such horrendous trampling of humanity will happen again unless you and I act now to boycott a 2020 Census form with sub-Asian boxes. We demand these sub-Asian boxes be removed and replaced with one description--"Asian/Asian American." Injustice to one human being is injustice to all human kind. If we don't stop this racist and anti-immigrant legacy, its “logic” and mentality will be repeated in current and future policy-making. Let's keep fighting against racism and improve the human condition step by step. Please join the good fight to make this historically significant change happen for now and forever, by signing this petition and sharing it on social media and by email, word of mouth. Power to the people! Fighting on, Americans against racism and anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy

Swan Lee
56,620 supporters
Petitioning Amy Klobuchar, Collin C. Peterson, Tina Smith, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Zoe...

Losing the American Dream: Immigrant family from Holland being forced out of the country!

Please Call your Congressman now and tell them to cosponsor the E2 Visa Improvement Act, HR 2124 to help the Mulder's and other families in this situation! www.callmycongress.com  The Mulder family immigrated legally to the United States from Holland in 2001 on an E2 Investor Visa to achieve their dream of owning and operating a family dairy. They have been here ever since and have created a wonderful life. They are a hardworking, honest family, have supported the surrounding rural communities in many ways, pay taxes, provide jobs, have many friends and are productive citizens. They were even MN Farm Family of the Year in 2013. Now that their sons are turning 21, they are being forced to make a decision. A decision that just isn't fair. Garion, their oldest had to leave last summer and now Kelsey, their youngest must leave this summer when he turns 21. The type of visa they came here with does not allow a clear path to citizenship and forces the children out through a process known as “aging out”. Garion and Kelsey have been here since they were 3 & 2 years old. They had only briefly visited Holland since coming here and consider the United States as their country. They attended school, formed life-long friendships, worked on the family dairy and love the rural life. Now, because their children will have to leave it no longer makes sense for their parents to stay. They built the dairy farm in the hopes of a better life and a dream of passing it on to their children someday. But because of a little-known clause in the E2 visa, one which they have worked with immigration lawyers on for many years trying to resolve, that dream will likely die without intervention. This petition is drawing attention to the problem and we need to continue to fight to resolve the issues with the E2 Investment Visa. Provide a clear path to citizenship and protect the children from the “aging out” process. There are so many families, not just the Mulder’s, affected by the problems with the E2 Investment Visa and there are others working on this issue. There is another petition out there titled “Improve the Dream” and it answers the issues with the E2 Investment Visa through legislation. This legislation will help all of the children who are legally here by adding them to the Dream Act and the DACA program. They already meet the criteria and we need to make that happen! To make this happen we need to keep these petitions going so that our government hears us and legislation happens! Please sign our petition and then go to the second petition and read the information they provide and listen to the wonderful video and sign their petition. I have included the link for that petition below. This family and many others deserve to stay in America. Let's fight for them! Please click on the red SIGN THE PETITION button to sign our petition. Then come back and click on the link below to sign the other petition. Here is the link to the other petition “Improve the Dream” Please consider signing it: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-house-of-representatives-improve-the-dream-act  For more information on the E2 Visa and immigration reform efforts to help the families like the Mulder’s you can check out the following websites: www.ImproveTheDream.com  www.E2VisaReform.org  News links on the Mulder Family so far: Local News Paper – The Western Guard https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=789556888093401&set=a.115512615497835&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218015865418016&set=pcb.10218015865978030&type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218015865298013&set=pcb.10218015865978030&type=3&theater KARE11 News Part 1: https://www.kare11.com/article/news/minnesota-farmer-losing-sons-and-farm-in-immigration-battle/89-0ebc4b12-662d-45d8-bb95-a6a3d715b409 Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/KARE11/posts/10161861475625457?comment_id=10161868964090457&notif_id=1554177735055316&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic WCCO News (2010): https://www.facebook.com/judy.kriese/videos/10207829248558961/UzpfSTE1Mjc0MjE1MzI6MTAyMTc5Mjk3NjYyNjU1OTE/ MN Farm Family of the Year 2013: https://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu/families-by-year/2013/lac-qui-parle-county Holland Newspaper Articles: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218015965500518&set=pcb.10218015979460867&type=3&theater   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10218015965460517&set=pcb.10218015979460867&type=3&theater Garion Mulder Holland TV Interview: https://www.omropfryslan.nl/nijs/878130-garion-mulder-fryslan-moai-plak-mar-it-net-thus Kor Mulder Holland Radio Interviews: https://www.omropfryslan.nl/nijs/878049-fryske-famylje-mulder-moat-nei-18-jier-fuort-ut-amearika?fbclid=IwAR3SsAMKp-L13KpBXor3IEmWC5W4qR4Gp-l2UtZrayCFSISj0RQ1lJbt0Mk https://qmusic.wetransfer.com/downloads/85806eb043df8b1b593aa90fbad6ec7f20190404131909/6d8dd870a6ebe0334271ff4b43372a6e20190404131909/3e0715 A candidate for U.S. Senator in Maine calls for President Trump to help the Mulder's in his announcement speech (Starts around the 3:21 mark) https://www.facebook.com/derekuspatriot/videos/2080017488963486/UzpfSTEyMTYwMDI3NzQ6MTAyMTk0NjAzMDAwMzc1OTg/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARAyTtLQqWm4Iav-XmfhPPd-CVBPpQwhykLqzJIlgu0RK7vWSOqs0nUHQu-JEoy4XZup3GM0Jh_9isyb&fref=mentions&__xts__[0]=68.ARAXexg6Y0uDQsVAbwYvWEx1nSzcVhT79dmYtlYkH-kaLoMJ-9xmoQM1cAPdMC5y88FjupqtPAQuWgo89ttD1RLSHRCSucjXfkpzadlaQDH4GkAoZRw6gCss3pG0iHn2_dddSV0nurEM2Wjf16NxDfraM_qE4cV_2_p10Sku4Q_aElNjGLDGm7ZmBnJvyT_YhoeutLcPbxo1olm1_XmkxrMQN8eKK-X10VZXBPYio86vDfYTtjP5dLw6pjY97_Y-6wwDUurFxp-wA0SH8OTw2KT7VhAKGgyFSIg57ArzVj2VDJx7syi8rtb7Gk9LQVxPiCDTKCYO5cyPI6nFvlnKD5SOpmz4ReAICBN9

Judy Kriese
41,470 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
18,878 supporters