Petition to SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN
Help Protect Immigrant Dreamers with DACA
There are more than 800,000 plus Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who have benefited around the U.S. in tremendous ways. Since 2012, the DACA program has given Immigrant Dreamers the ability to acquire a job with benefits, obtain a Social Security number, gain better access to higher education and more fully participate in their communities and Churches. One of the many Immigrant Dreamers who has benefited from DACA is Jose Espinosa, who was brought to the U.S. by his parents at four years old. When he first entered the U.S. he lived in California for six years, but shortly after he moved to Memphis, Tennessee. When Jose was a Freshmen in High School, God drew him to repentance and faith in Jesus at fourteen years old. Since then, Jose has graduated from the University of Memphis and is now the Music and Program Director at Bellevue Bellavista Church in Memphis. Jose is one of the thousands of Immigrant Dreamers who has benefited from the DACA program—others around the country have benefited by becoming teachers, entrepreneurs, service-members, college Students, health care providers, business managers, and social workers. Despite the benefits DACA has provided for Dreamers like Jose and others, the decision to rescind the DACA program was made on September 5, 2017, and will be officially rescinded in three weeks, on March 5, 2018. However, since September 5, 2017, 122 DACA Recipients have lost their status each day, totaling more 18,000—even though they came to the U.S. as young children without any choice in the matter. Leviticus 19:33-34 says, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” God tells Israel (and us) that when it comes to Immigrants, we are not to do him (or her) wrong but rather, love the Immigrant as yourself. With 3 weeks until the DACA program officially rescinds, we have an amazing privilege and opportunity to love the 800,000 plus Immigrant Dreamers by signing this petition urging Congress to pass a bipartisan solution that respects the rule of law, secures the border, and protects the 800,000 plus Immigrant Dreamers and allows them to stay in the U.S. Please consider signing and sharing this on your social media accounts!
Petition to President Thrasher, Florida State University
Declare FSU a Sanctuary Campus
Dear President John E. Thrasher, On January 25, 2017, President Trump confirmed his commitment to cracking down on sanctuary cities across the United States. Recently we have seen a spike in violence toward undocumented immigrants and refugees, and with the Trump administration vowing to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities, these populations are in further jeopardy. We the students, alumni, faculty, and staff on this campus feel that it is pertinent to implement a plan to declare our campus a sanctuary in support of all undocumented students, staff, faculty, and their family members, especially those who face imminent deportation. Per an internal 2011 memo of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, officers are subject to certain restrictions upon entering college campuses without authorization. This puts Florida State University in an important and unique position, which it can and should use to protect community members from law enforcement. It is, we believe, the responsibility of FSU to ensure that it remains a place where the administration actively protects the rights and safety of all members of its community. President Thrasher, you have publicly come out in support of protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers, claiming that “it’s the right thing to do” and that you will “help these students and others find a better path to the future.” We, the community at FSU, believe that our faculty and administration must be held accountable for providing safety and resources to all its students no matter the circumstances. We ask you, President Thrasher, will you uphold the garnet and gold and protect our fellow classmates, professors, colleagues, families, and friends from this unjust treatment? We respectfully ask that you implement the following actions as quickly as possible: 1) Issue a public statement reaffirming the university’s commitment to support and protect all its students and workers, regardless of their citizenship status, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. 2) Reaffirm the university’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing hate speech towards any individual(s). 3) Declare Florida State University to be a sanctuary campus that will actively refuse to comply with immigration authorities regarding deportations, raids, or removal of funds & scholarships. 4) Guarantee student privacy by refusing to release information regarding the immigration status or religious affiliation of our students and community members. 5) Create an undocumented student program, with a full-time director, and free on-campus access to legal counsel. Appropriate funds to assist undocumented students, faculty, staff and their family members who are in need. a. For current DACA recipients, guarantee that all merit-based scholarships they are awarded will not be forfeited if the DACA program is to be rescinded. b. Protect in-state tuition consideration to current DACA recipients as well as any Florida high school graduate (regardless of immigration status) who meets domicile requirements for in-state tuition consideration. c. Include DACA recipients and undocumented students in all merit, university, and diversity initiative scholarship eligibility. 6) Ensure that all students receive a campus, classroom, and community experience free of hostilities, aggressions, and bullying regarding immigration status. Communicate unequivocally and repeatedly that undocumented students are full members of the Florida State University community who will be protected to the fullest power of the administration. 7) Create and distribute information about an administrative mechanism for reporting hate and bias incidents to appropriate state and federal agencies. Respectfully, The College Democrats at FSUThe College Progressives at FSUThe Ethical Food Association at Florida State (EFA)The Filipino Student Association at FSU (FSA)FSU Environmental Service Program (ESP)Hispanic Latino Student Union Amnesty International at FSU
Petition to ICE
Return Gilles To His Home
one of my cousin’s church members who was seeking asylum from Congo has unexpectedly been taken into ICE custody to be deported. He has a life threatening medical condition that can only be treated in the US or Canada and may be killed by the government if he returns. We are running out of time. The link to the news article is below. http://amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/article194273359.html
Petition to J. French Hill, Leslie Rutledge
Please support the DACA program. Without the DACA program hundreds of thousands of individuals that came here as young children without a choice or voice will live in fear of being deported to a country they do not know whether it be Mexico, Canada, Africa, or Asia. This is our country. We have grown up in the United States of America and have learned to love the song of The Star-Spangled Banner at every football game. We have learned English, attended school, lived the American life. Why throw these individuals to a place that is not known to them? Imagine if it was your child that was undocumented and in fear of getting deported to an unknown country. We have grown to love the USA. We need your help to stay. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy founded in June 2012. Although, deferred action does not provide lawful status, DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants, who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deportation relief and eligibility for a work permit if they meet numerous requirements. The requirements are that the applicants: • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; •Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; •Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; •Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; • are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces; •have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and • do not pose a threat to national security or public safety. Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of all the required criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check for every 2 year renewal. DACA status will be revoked of those who are convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and pose a threat to national security or public safety When the program was announced in 2012, there was general support among the U.S. general public. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults (63%) approved of the program, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey. The program currently benefits hundreds of thousands of individuals, many of whom have thrived thanks to the opportunities it provides. Under DACA, immigrants have been able to start businesses, pursue higher education, and contribute to their communities. Extending work permits to DACA recipients translates into higher tax revenues. These revenues support vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare—even as undocumented immigrants are unable to access these and other social safety net programs. DACA recipients join the workforce, pay into the social security system, pay taxes, and, live more fully as contributing members of society. One of the best things that you can do as an ally is to become informed about the DACA program and help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that surround it. WE NEED YOUR VOICE !
Petition to Congressman Joseph Crowley, Andrew Cuomo, Mazeda Uddin, Lawrence Spivak, Grace Meng, Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of State, NY1 , New York Times, Carlene Pinto, Alina Das, Amy Gottlieb, NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York Lawyers for Public Interest
My Father is a Cancer Patient. Release Mohammed Monir Hassan from ICE!
Petition for: The Release of Mohammed Monir Hassan from ICE. He is a cancer patient. Addressed to: U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement In 2009, we had an order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals. In 2011, one October morning my mother and I heard loud banging on our door. Lo and behold officers from ICE arrested my mother, myself, and my father.Luckily we were given another date in 2012 for supervision. It’s been 6 years since we kept getting dates to check in for supervision at 26 Federal Plaza. One Wednesday morning on January 17th, 2018, my father had an appointment at Federal Plaza. My mother was waiting from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There was no sign of my father. My mother asked the security guard, “Have you seen my husband?” The security guard replied “How should I know?” in a very crude way. My mother replied “You should know because it’s 5:00 PM and everyone left.” The security guard asked another woman who stated that my father had been arrested and detained. My mother’s world was destroyed. She came home crying in a cab. I was at work. When my brother texted me I left work early, and found out my dad was in Bergen County Jail as a detainee. On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, my mom and I have an appointment at 26 Federal Plaza. Luckily she was spared from being detained. Her next court date is on July 24th, 2018. Her case is still pending but who knows what will happen by then? Fortunately I am under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but what will happen to the two most kind, nurturing, supportive, and generous people who raised me from when I was small, provided a roof over my head, paid my college tuition, and guided me in understanding right from wrong? Both of my parents have severe health conditions which cannot be treated in Bangladesh, and if they leave, and something happens to them, my brother and I will have no guidance and love. No one to look up to, no one to buy gifts for, no one to call our own. Tell me who is going to help me fight this great fight for justice and freedom? Because from this point on...it’s DIE OR DONE! We, the undersigned, ask for Mohammed Monir Hassan to be immediately released from the Immigration Customs Enforcement in El Paso Processing Center on the basis of Humanitarian grounds. He is being neglected of proper medical treatment that will have a detrimental impact on his long-term physical and mental health. Mohammed’s family, which consists of his wife, a U.S. citizen son, a daughter who is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) holder, U.S. citizen nieces and nephews, U.S. citizen cousins, as well as members of our cultural and religious community who are all U.S. citizens are all suffering and very worried about Mohammed’s health and well-being. Mr. Hassan has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, trauma from an accident that occurred in November 2015, and thyroid cancer. All these conditions are not treatable in Bangladesh. Furthermore, there is no insurance to treat these conditions in Bangladesh and he would not be given a job. As a matter of fact, he would be ridiculed and left to starve on the streets. Prior to being elected as president, President Donald Trump specifically stated that he would only deport people who have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, and people who commit robbery. Mr. Mohammed Monir Hassan has a clean record and is known in the religious community as a man who has good morals and ethics. He works diligently and with great effort as a cab driver to provide for his wife, daughter, and son, while seeking treatment for his medical conditions. Therefore, Mr. Hassan does not seek permanent residency or citizenship. He fears facing a fate worse than death! This situation is also having a detrimental on our mental health. As a Mental Health Counselor and other professionals, this is a traumatizing effect on not only Mr. Mohammed Monir Hassan by separating him from his family but also on the rest of us! We are not asking for much. We only request for two weeks’ worth of time. Then we will send him back to Bangladesh on our own. https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/US-born-children-struggle-after-parents-are-deported http://dspace.ewubd.edu/bitstream/handle/123456789/1887/Fariha_Tasnim.pdf?sequence=1 https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JDMC/article/download/25323/17025
Petition to Lawmakers and 2018 Candidates across America
ICE was created in a post-911 America as an added safety measure against terrorism. It has become something altogether different and is now the second largest criminal investigative org, next to the FBI. ICE is new, but powerful and lacks reasonable accountability. Much reform is needed regarding immigration but before anything else, ICE must be abolished to protect families and the values that are foundational to America.
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Clean Dream Act Now
As the daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college student, I’ve always been surrounded by inspiring, powerful, and hard-working people. I’ve learned what it means to not just dream of a better life, but to sweat and bleed for it only to have our government treat us like criminals, or as if we are less than human. Young immigrants deserve to live with dignity in the country, to reach for our dreams without a target on our backs. Sign the petition to call on Congress to pass the Dream Act. Last year, the Trump administration announced that it would be ending the DACA program, which gave deportation relief to 700,000 undocumented people who arrived here as children – many of them my peers and friends. Now, he’s put it up to Congress to find a solution for so many young people, and legislators are using our lives as a political football to argue over funding for harmful agendas like Trump’s Border Wall. We’re no longer leaving it to legislators to decide the fate of our communities. We’re raising our voices to demand action which protects young immigrants without throwing our parents under the bus. We stand on the shoulders of our elders; our successes are due to our parents. We won’t accept a Dream Act which criminalizes them, separates families, or which wastes money on unnecessary border security. We deserve a clean Dream Act – now. Join our movement to stand with immigrants today. Versión en Español Click here to tweet it: http://bit.ly/2CfoZXh Share it with your friends on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2CfO5W7
Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Keep a Family Together
Ndue and Floreshe Perkeci left Albania in 1999 because the Albanian government would not and could not protect them and their two small children from the turmoil there. Once here, they have upheld the law and worked very hard to be good citizens. They pay taxes, own their home, and own several vehicles. Ndue owns his own business providing stable jobs to American citizens. For thirteen years Floreshe worked for a recycling company which is now a division of one of the nation’s largest steel producers. She can no longer work there because her employment authorization expired and was not renewed in January. The company is holding her position open, hoping our government will approve their paperwork to remain here as it has for the past nineteen years.Ndue’s and Floreshe’s children are now young adults who are currently protected under DACA. Both have graduated from high school and one has completed her Bachelor’s degree and works for a non-profit company, Family Support Services with Foster Care, contracted with the state of Florida Department of Children and Families. The family attends church regularly. They have provided ICE and both Florida Senators with countless letters of support from a wide variety of people, including employers, ministers, bankers, employees, and friends. Some of these letters from their own family members, eight of whom are US Citizens and two who have permanent green cards. They all reside here in Jacksonville, FL and have the utmost respect for our country. Ndue’s brother, who is a citizen, employs over 70 employees. This family wants nothing more than to be together, work hard, and be self-reliant, contributing citizens of our country. The United States of America is their home now. Action petitioned:We, the undersigned concerned citizens, urge our elected Senators and Congressmen to approve Ndue and Floreshe Perkeci’s stay of deportation and put them on the road to citizenship.