124 petitions

Update posted 1 day 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
65,389 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Buffalo Field Office, USCIS Buffalo Field Office, Elliott McDougald

Help Stop the deportation of Lorenzo: a Husband, Father & Business Owner

My name is Melanie Ramos. I am the wife of Lorenzo Ramos Carrillo. My husband is currently being detained for deportation at the Batavia Deportation Center under the supervision of the Buffalo, NY Field Office. My husband came to this country undocumented 15 years ago from Guatemala after fleeing violence.  We met in 2008, we lived across the street from each other. I was a single mom with a 3 year old son and Lorenzo immediately took him under his wing as a father figure. In 2009 we had a son together. In October of 2015 we married. My oldest has grown extremely close to Lorenzo, and he is the only father who has been in his life. Both kids are devastated at the thought of their father leaving. They have never know a life without him. All of Lorenzo's family is in the US. He has no one in Guatemala to return to.  Lorenzo started a Landscaping business in 2009. It started out small but currently he has over 400 customers and employs 3 workers. If Lorenzo is deported, those workers are now without a job. I also have a full time job and am not able to keep the business going myself. I also do not make enough to cover the mortgage, two car payments, bills, school supplies. Knowing he is leaving and not having him here to continue supporting our family is causing me extreme stress.  Lorenzo has made many friends in the Syracuse community. He plays soccer and helps kids who need soccer supplies or funds to play in the tournaments.  I've seen many comments asking why Lorenzo just hasn't applied for citizenship yet. There is no path in place to obtain permanent residency aka green card, let alone citizenship for a person who has crossed into the United States without authorization. The options are asylum, if you have a case for it, and a judge approves it. Ours was denied. The only other option for us is to ask for a stay of removal which is a 1 year repreave from deportation, that you reapply for each year. A stay of approval still does not offer him a way to get a green card and citizenship. We have spent 10 years fighting and more than $20,000 between ICE & lawyer fees for him to stay. If he ends up being deported, the last resort for us is to apply for a hardship waiver, where I have to prove to the government, that I will suffer extreme hardship with Lorenzo not with me in the United States. This can take several years to get seen by an immigration worker, as there is a huge backlog. And it is up to the immigration officer if your case is enough of a hardship to be approved.  Losing Lorenzo, will be a loss, not only to his immediate family, but his friends, customers and many supporters.  If anyone can and is willing to help, please sign this petition.  You can also mail or email them below: Buffalo Field Office 250 Delaware Ave 7th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202 or call 716-464-5800. They can also be reached via email at      Alien Registration No. 089-002-626   Email Script: To Elliott McDougald  Please stop the deportation of Lorenzo Ramos Carrillo A089-002-626 currently held in the Batavia Detention Center. Please release him under order of supervision and approve his stay of removal. Sincerely, [Name] Phone Script:   "I am calling on behalf of Lorenzo Ramos Carrillo, A# 089-002-626, who ICE detained on June 4th. He is married to an US Citizen, a father and a business owner. Approve his stay of removal and release him immediately"

Melanie Ramos
3,620 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Nigel A. Jason, Jose Velez, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Senator Marco Rubio

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

Javier MUST report again to DHS/ICE on June 12th. We basically 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 June 12th.  Francisco Javier Gonzalez could be deported back to Mexico as soon as June 12, 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 June 12th. 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: Nigel A. Jason Assistant Field Office Director U.S. DHS/ICE 2805 SW 145 Ave Miramar, FL 33027 (954) 843-5901   Jose M. Velez Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer U.S. DHS/ICE 2805 SW 145 Ave Miramar, FL 33027 (954) 843-5906   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
109,908 supporters