121 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

Keep them together! Stop separating children from their families at the U.S. border.

The New York Times reported that since October 2017 more than 700 children have been separated along the southwest border from adults claiming to be their parents, including 100 children under the age of 4. Many of these children remain in custody indefinitely apart from their parents. “Needlessly ripping kids, toddlers, babies away from their parents is inhumane, barbaric and unconstitutional. An Administration that purports to uphold family values is callously inflicting devastating trauma on children and families in service of its punitive immigration policies,” said Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights. In an amicus brief filed in March on behalf of an asylum seeker separated from her seven-year old daughter, Children’s Rights explained that the traumatic stress that a child experiences when needlessly separated from a parent may have life-long consequences because it can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems and increase the risk of stress-related diseases and cognitive impairment well into the adult years. You can read more about the amicus brief here.Children’s Rights will work with its partners to continue to advocate for immigrant children separated from their families. As Christina Remlin, Lead Attorney and author of our amicus brief put it: “How can we tuck our children in at night, knowing that our government is doing this to other parents who love theirs as much as we do? How do we inflict such cruel trauma on children?” Please sign and share our petition to Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen M. Nielsen. About Children’s Rights Every day, children are harmed by America’s broken child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and healthcare systems. Through relentless strategic advocacy and legal action, we hold governments accountable for keeping kids safe and healthy. Children’s Rights has made a lasting impact, protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children and we are poised to help millions more. They are depending on us…and you.    

Children's Rights
48,452 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to DHS Office of Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Secrurity, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Denise Blackwell

Urgent: Stop Deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, husband & father of 3 U.S. citizens

We have ten (10) days to stop the deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the father and SOLE breadwinner for 3 U.S. citizen children and his U.S. citizen wife – who desperately need him to stay in the United States. Sign this petition to stop Francisco from being taken away from his family on April 20th.  Francisco Javier Gonzalez could be deported back to Mexico as soon as April 20, 2018. Francisco came to the United States when he was only 15 in February of 1997. He was alone in this country and worked hard to get an education, graduating from high school and continuing his education in college. Francisco was unable to graduate from college because at the time they required a valid state identification which Francisco was unable to obtain due to his lack of legal status in the United States. Despite this setback, he worked hard and succeeded in the United States. Francisco speaks perfect English and has NO CRIMINAL HISTORY IN THE US or any other country in the world. He obtained his education, works hard, pays his taxes and lives an exemplary life abiding by all US laws. Francisco has never been back to his native country Mexico since his last arrival in January of 2002. He has made the United States of America his home and is now a loving husband and father to three beautiful daughters in Florida. Sign this petition now to stop Francisco’s from being deported on April 20th. Francisco met his wife in 2005 while both were working in a restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Eleven years later, their love continues to grow. They have three amazing daughters together, ages 10, 7, and 5. The girls’ futures will be seriously compromised if he is removed. Were they to remain in the U.S. without their father, the girls would suffer extreme emotional and psychological damage from the breakup of their solid family dynamic and the absence of their hero—their father. Francisco has been and continues to be a key player in the success of his employer. He manages a prestigious restaurant in Palm Beach, FL. Through his hard work and dedication, the business has grown to three times its size from when Francisco took over. Francisco is loved and respected by everyone, he has made many friends and many of the usual customers have formed bonds and relationships with Francisco and his family. Francisco is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and is very involved in his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s deportation be stopped, according to the new guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Then, please take a few minutes to call: Denise Blackwell Supervisory Program Manager Customs and Border Protection Houston Field Office (713) 387-7217 ofc   Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954) 236-4909. Honorable Representative Lois Frankel: Toll Free (866) 264-0957 Frankel’s Washington, DC Office – (202) 225-9890 Frankel’s Boca Raton, FL Office – (561) 998-9045/Fax: (561) 998-9048 Bill Nelson, FL Senator - (202) 224-5274 Hon Rep Brian Mast - 561-530-7778, Phone: 202-225-3026Fax: 202-225-8398 Say: "I am calling to ask that Francisco Javier Gonzalez deportation be stopped, and that he be granted discretion and a stay of deportation. His A number is 078-994-383. Thank you."

Richard Hujber
102,290 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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’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.  

Naziat Hassan
1,066 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Barack Obama

Change the Deportation Policy

Hello my name is Wencys Lua, I am constructing a project with my groupmates Nathian Soto, Jasmine Vargas, and Erika Reza. The purpose of the project is to enforce policies on deportation issues. This affects me in my everyday life, especially because I am a Mexican-American. My parents are both Mexican born legal residents. There can be a chance that if they get in trouble for the smallest reason, they can get deported.    Some people say that deporting all undocumented immigrants will help increase safety in their cities and neighborhoods. However, this is not the case because not all undocumented immigrants are criminals. Therefore, our policy is to deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records. If you believe all undocumented immigrants are criminals then you would be known as a racist and I would plead with you to rethink your logic. The main reason immigrants come here is to have a better life for themselves and possibly their families/loved ones. What makes you better than them? What makes you deserve all the opportunities that this country gives? I believe background checks, even though they take time, is the moral and right thing to do for the immigrants that are being questioned. Would you kill an innocent person because you didn't background check them? If not, why would you ruin someone's life by deporting them? This is a bigger issue than you might think as well. According to ICE (the Immigrant and customs enforcement) 24,850 immigrants with criminal records were deported and 5,498 non-criminal immigration violators were deported. So about a sixth of the total deported are people that haven’t done anything. Yet it gets worse in 2017 when 26,466 immigrants with criminal records were deported and 13,600 non-criminal immigration violators were deported. These are sourced from ICE which is the federal agency that deals with deportation and as you can see it is only getting worse. Deportation is related to public policy and today they are deporting people that immigrated here when they were kids, adults, or even born here. This is also known as unjustified deportation. For example, when people get deported with no criminal record. So our goal is: Immigrants that are being questioned to be deported should have a thorough background check that will examine their criminal record, years of living in the U.S., and take into account their family ties before they are escorted out of the country. I propose that instead of deporting people unjustified, there should be background checks to see if they have a criminal record. They should also try to see if they have tried to fix their record. If they haven’t attempted to fix their record, then they should be deported. However, if they don’t have a criminal record or they have lived here for many years and gave back to the community, then they shouldn’t be deported. What problem, issue, or policy do you propose to work on? Deportation has many negative effects on our community of Orange County. The reason for that is undocumented immigrants are taken away from their families and/or loved ones. This is the issue that we are dealing with in our country and people’s lives are getting ruined with family is being deported to a country they haven’t been in a long time, and when they are left here with one less family member. Provide three claims as to why you believe this problem and describe how each claim affects people in your community . In the US there are lots of people that are undocumented immigrants and some of them are being deported back to their countries. This brings separation of families. People that get deported lose everything they worked for. This includes their jobs/careers.They have a higher risk of danger in their own country.Why do you we want to work on this? Why do you we think it is important? I want to work on this because I am a Mexican American and I believe it is my ethnic duty to support other people of my culture throughout the country and help them in anyway I can because they came here for the same reason my parents did. So what is the difference between me and them? I am supporting them and doing my best to help them because if I don’t, then how do I expect others to do the same for me? For example, Calixto, a Mexican that came to the United States and had a family here. He lived here for decades and had a daughter, wife, and a job that he was on his way to when he got deported. After he couldn’t produce a driver’s license, he was arrested and made him leave his daughter without saying goodbye and she was left in the car guarded by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents until her aunt can come pick her up. They made him sign papers which he soon realized afterwards were his own deportation papers which resulted in him being deported to Mexico. This is why it is important to work on these policies so we can stop stuff like this from happening. This man with strong ties to the U.S. shouldn’t have been deported. With this policy there is an unknown timeframe, but the sooner we start working on it and publicizing this issue; the sooner it can be done and changed. We need to start from the ground up because it is an issue that barely anyone is taking account for because it doesn’t affect the majority. Yet, it still affect a lot of people throughout the country. So we need to start advertising this, build relationships, join organizations, and just grow as a team that supports each other through thick and thin. This is the only way to help this issue and fix it, together.  

Nathian Soto
11 supporters