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Petition to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Parliamentary Secretary Ole Schröder, President of the BAMF Jutta Cordt

Family Reunification from Greece: Let them be together again!

My name is Michael. I’ve been working in Greece as a volunteer for Mobile Info Team for more than a year now. I provide information on asylum procedures and legal support for refugees. Most of the people I speak to are trying to get back to loved ones. They’re going through what’s called a ‘Dublin procedure’ for family reunification. This takes up to eleven months. Currently there are more than 2000 people waiting to do this in Greece. In March, the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, requested a restriction on these transfers, starting in April. Before then, Germany was reunifying over 300 people a month, now it’s around 70. If this continues, even people who have had their transfer approved could be waiting for another 3 years or might not even be allowed to fly. Mahmoud, 27 years old from Syria, has been in Greece for more than 18 months. His mother is sick and his brother has Down Syndrome. They are both in Germany. His sick mother has to take care of his brother around the clock, and that only makes her illness worse. She is alone and close to a breakdown. Mahmoud wants to be there and take care of them. “It is nearly unbearable,” he told me. “I can’t stand by their side, now when they need me so much. I don’t know how my mother can make it through so long without me.” Since we learned about the restriction, I’ve received dozens of calls and messages from desperate mothers, husbands, and siblings. They wish for nothing more than to start a new life with their families. They cannot understand why it’s taking so long. Lives are being put on hold. Many people have been here since the beginning of 2016. They are tired and feel powerless. They’re in an endless state of transit. This cannot continue. I urge Minister de Maizière to remove this limit immediately. Family unity is a human right! We’re collecting letters from people affected. We’re translating and sending them to Mr de Maizière, to make sure he understands what they’re going through. With your signatures behind their voices, we can force Mr de Maizière to listen to Mahmoud and the thousands of families who remain separated, and make him lift the restriction. The petition is available in the following languages: Deutsch | English | Italiano | Español | عربی | فارسی

Michael Kientzle
30,010 supporters
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Petition to Jim Runestad, Tim Greimel, Rose Mary Robinson, Vanessa Guerra, William Sowerby, Lana Theis, Martin Howrylak, Triston Cole, Pamela Hornberger, Beau LaFave

Ensure that Saheeda Nadeem can live in Kalamazoo, MI without fear of deportation.

Our neighbor, Saheeda Nadeem, has been living and working in the United States for the last 13 years. Originally from Pakistan, she fled the country over 40 years ago and lived in Kuwait before making her way to the states under a non-immigrant visa.  Her visa expired on June 18, 2010, at which point a federal judge ordered she be removed from the U.S. Two appeals to the Board of Immigration in 2011 and 2012 were denied. Saheeda’s original asylum case was denied largely due to errors in translation—an all too common determinant in asylum case denials. Saheeda has worked fulltime as a caregiver in a group home for over a decade, serving disabled adults. She is known in our community as “Auntie Saheeda.” Saheeda has broken no laws while living in the U.S. She has paid her taxes each year she’s lived here. Now 62, Saheeda has taken up sanctuary in First Congregational Church as a final effort to avoid deportation. If she were forced to return to Pakistan, we believe her life would be in danger due to personal matters. Kalamazoo has been the home she's shared with her two children. Her 20 year old son Samad lives in Kalamazoo, and is attending school at Western Michigan University via the “Kalamazoo Promise.” Her daughter Lareb died in a car accident in 2016, a month after graduating from WMU. Saheeda visited her daughter's grave every day to pray—something she is no longer able to do. We are urging the Michigan House Judiciary Committee to pass a private bill granting Ms. Saheeda Nadeem a stay of deportation. Please add your name to support this effort and help protect our neighbor, Auntie Saheeda.  

Kaitlin Martin
7,907 supporters