Petition Closed
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and 20 others

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

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

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

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

Letter to
Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Lindsey Graham
and 18 others
Representative Jim Himes
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Marco Rubio
Senator Richard Blumenthal
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Senator Robert Menendez
Senator Dick Durbin
Senator Chris Murphy
President of the United States President Barack Obama, John Morton ICE, DHS Janet Napolitano
Director Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton
Representative John Larson
Representative Rosa DeLauro
Representative Joe Courtney
Representative Elizabeth Esty
Senator John McCain
Senator Jeff Flake
President of the United States
Please consider American Citizens whose families will be destroyed by the deportation of our loved ones. Please give immigration judges discretion and the ability to use mitigating factors in deciding if a person should be deported or not. Focus your efforts on drug and arms traffickers, terrorists, and violent offenders. Stop ICE quotas and keep our families intact. We deserve that.