132 petitions

Started 5 days ago

Petition to Honorable Immigration Judge, Immigration Judge SCOTT M. JEFFERIES

Your Honor please grant Oscar Soto cancellation of deportation

My son Oscar suffers from a debilitating mental illness called schizoaffective disorder. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this disorder the symptoms can be severe and debilitating. Depending on the type of mood disorder diagnosed, depression or bipolar disorder, people will experience different symptoms: Hallucinations, which are seeing or hearing things that aren’t there.   Delusions, which are false, fixed beliefs that are held regardless of contradictory evidence.   Disorganized thinking. A person may switch very quickly from one topic to another or provide answers that are completely unrelated.   Depressed mood. They will experience feelings of sadness, emptiness, feelings of worthlessness or other symptoms of depression.   Manic behavior. They will experience feelings of euphoria, racing thoughts, increased risky behavior and other symptoms of mania. At the time 2006, he was being prescribed the typical strong medicines like Seroquel XR and Zyprexa that have severe side effects that made it difficult for him to take everyday. Many people prescribed these types of meds “Dropout” because they can’t handle the side effects. In my sons case, I saw how the medicine would keep him mostly in bed all day and when he wasn’t sleeping his life away he was in a trans-like-state. Dazed and confused. So while the medicine did work with his symptoms the harsh side effects is what kept him from sticking with his treatment. And he’s not alone in this as I have come to learn many people with schizophrenia and schizoaffectective disorders “dropout” of treatment because of the same reasons. It wasn’t aways this was growing up my son was a nice normal kid. He was never in any fights or got in any trouble. He had no mental health problems. He dropped out of high school his senior year to work full time and help the family. He later returned to school and received his High School diploma and then went to college. His dream was to become a Los Angeles police officer and he did some volunteer work at Foothill Community Police station while attending college. He was very honored and proud of this and although I was afraid of his career choice I supported his decision. He was a good student and received the Deans Honors award for his academic achievements. But It was during his second year of college and while working for a security firm that he began having symptoms. “Manic depression, the doctor proclaimed”. Today they call it bipolar depression. And when the voices came they called it “Manic depression with psychotic features“. Today we know that he has Schizoaffective disorder. WHAT HAPPENED? In 2007 my son Oscar was convicted in the state of California for “Commercial Burglary”. He was arrested after he attempted to trick the store greater at the door to let him pass with merchandise by showing a receipt he had found on the ground and copied. He was arrested and released on bail. While he was out on bail and again off his medicine he attempted to do the samething in the same way and again he was arrested. Originally he was going to be sentenced to 6 months but with this second incident they sentenced him to two years. During the court process I pleaded to his lawyer to tell the court about his mental illness and to send him to treatment, not prison but he didn’t request an evaluation. Oscar was paroled after one year because of good behavior and in prison he had been receiving treatment for his illness after it was diagnosed there too. He tells me that going to prison saved his life because he had good doctors who really cared and helped him cope with being in prison and with his illness. They also introduced him to New generation of medicine that recently came out, and taught him ways to deal with his symptoms when they get bad. On the day of his release he was picked up by ICE and was put in removal proceedings. Because he was sentenced to over one year in prison he has what immigration considers an aggravated felony. Aggravated felony’s carry the most severe punishment for legal permanent residents. An aggravated felony bars him from most types of reliefs that would normally allow an immigration judge to grant a permanent legal resident. My son has lived legally in the United States since the age of 3 and this is the only home that he knows and all off the family is living here. If deported back to Guatemala his place of birth he will have no family, friends or support system. Guatemala has a record for abuse against the mentally ill. Since 2009 my son has been fighting his case outside of immigration detention and during this time he returned to trade school and received 3 certificates for solar installations. He joined the nonprofit organization Grid Alternative and applied what he learned to helping people installing free solar systems for low income families. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building homes for veteran families in the Santa Clarita Valley. He continues with his continuing his treatment and is in much better control of his life. He has dedicated his time and energy to helping others and is a model patient to those suffering from mental illness. In December 2016 he was granted certificates of rehabilitation and recommendation for a Governors Pardon from the Los Angeles Superior Court for the offense he committed. We are in the process of filling a 9th circuit appeal based in a change in the law. I have used all of my savings on expensive legal representation and now we’re starting a new round. I setup a GoFundMe account for my sons legal fees. Please donate if you’re able to  Thank you and God Bless you, -Rosa           

Soto- Family
6 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to WARDEN YORK COUNTY PRISON, HONORABLE ALBERT J. CEPPARULO, S.J., BENJAMIN D. KOHLER, Governor Thomas W. Wolf, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Honorable Elaine C. Duke, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Thomas D. Homan, Acting Director, Joshua Reid, Tom Kearney, District Attorney

Release Mark Marcinkowski from Immigration Deportation; and Grant the Habeas Corpus!

Please help!!! Mariusz (“Mark”) Marcinkowski, a Polish immigrant from unlawful jail time and deportation!  He has been in this country for thirty-one (31) years. Do not let ICE deport him to a country he does not know! Mark is being deported due to a drug conviction from 11 years ago! He served his time for a crime he should have never been convicted of doing. Mark took the plea bargain under improper counsel as he was advised to do so and was scared of the alternative. He took the plea bargain due to the fact that he received improper counsel on how the charge would affect his immigration, if Mark knew he would have never taken the plea bargain! His defense is strong! However, He is now facing deportation. Help free a law-abiding permanent resident (green card holder) since 1995, who came to this country at fifteen years old in 1986. He had one incident that happened in September 15, 2005 that put him in jail for one year, which should have never happened in light of the new evidence that is now coming forward.  The unclear charges, inadmissible contamination of evidence, Miranda Rights violation, and Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment violations are all valid reasons why he should not be in a deportation center currently and has been there for over 6 months!   For the last eleven years he has had a clean record, he is a loving father, has a good career as a Produce Manager for Redner’s Warehouse Market, and a vital part of so many people’s lives here in the United States.  Mark has no connection to Poland as he left at 15 years old and never returned. His family lives in American and they are all citizens.  By signing this petition you are saying that you want Governor Thomas W. Wolf to pardon Mariusz Daniel Marcinkowski from the plea-bargain conviction in Bucks County of Common Pleas, the HONORABLE ALBERT J. CEPPARULO, S.J. to re-open or vacate the conviction, Benjamin D. Kohler, Deputy Prothonotary to hold that the lower court's decision was erroneous, thus it should be reverse, modify, or remand, the WARDEN YORK COUNTY PRISON  to grant the Habeas Corpus, and/or the U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania to help in the efforts to free Mark and to reunite Mark with his family and friends, who are U.S. Citizens. Do not let ICE deport him to a country he does not know!   

Linda Bakely
439 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Secrurity, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

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

We have less than two weeks 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 October 3rd. Francisco Javier Gonzalez could be deported back to Mexico as soon as October 3, 2017. 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 October 3rd. 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: 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 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
29,873 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement San Antonio Field Office

Don't Deport Gay Detainee Back to Violence/Death: Asylum for Sadat Ibrahim

We urgently petition the Department of Homeland Security to stop the deportation of Sadat Ibrahim and release him from detention.  His lawyers are working to get a new hearing on his application for asylum, and it is crucial that Sadat is able to effectively pursue this claim. Sadat Ibrahim is a young gay man from Ghana where homosexuality is a crime punishable by three years in prison. He has faced brutal violence from a vigilante group that hunts and attacks gay men. He came to the U.S. and presented himself at the border requesting asylum. An asylum officer agreed that Sadat had a credible fear of persecution. Yet now, Sadat faces deportation back to the same situation that may see him incarcerated, attacked and/or murdered for being gay, as his asylum claim was denied. Why was it denied? His family sent videos supporting his claim to Sadat in detention in Georgia, but not only did the officers in the detention center not give Sadat this critical evidence, they never even told Sadat that the evidence had arrived.  Without the corroborating evidence, the judge denied Sadat asylum. Had Sadat been able to share the video evidence that  ICE withheld from him until after the hearing, we believe the judge should have granted asylum to Sadat, and likely would have done so, Sadat is now represented by an outstanding human rights legal team who seek a new hearing on the merits of his asylum application. He needs our immediate assistance to protect his life. We are petitioning Department of Homeland Security to: 1) stop the removal/deportation of Sadat Ibrahim, and 2) release him from detention Thank you for your attention. We look forward to Sadat's prompt release so that he can effectively pursue his asylum claim, this time with legal assistance and the opportunity to present all the evidence. Sincerely,  Virginia Raymond, Justice for Our Neighbors Austin Workers Defense Project Grassroots Leadership Pax Christi San Antonio allgo: a statewide people of color organization   

Abriel Young
3,612 supporters