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Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Help to stop the deportation of Syed Ahmed Jamal

Mr. Syed Ahmed Jamal, a well-respected scientist and community leader, was arrested by ICE – on his front lawn, in front of his children. Now he’s at risk of being deported to Bangladesh, where he is an ethnic minority and would be in serious danger. Sign the petition and join our campaign to stop Syed’s deportation. Syed Ahmed Jamal has lived in the United States for 30 years. He works as a molecular biologist and has done significant research with the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy, and Rockhurst University. When he’s not working, he volunteers regularly at his children’s schools, and is a leader within his faith community. He would leave behind his wife and three children, who are “devastated and fearful.” Add your name to our petition to help him and his family. Below is a letter from Syed’s son. Hello, My name is Taseen Jamal, and my father has recently been arrested, taken to the Morgan County, MO, jail, and is being considered for deportation. My little brother cries every night, my sister can't focus in school, and I cannot sleep at night. My mother is in trauma, and because she is a live organ donor, she only has one kidney, so the stress is very dangerous. She could die if he is deported. If my father is deported, my siblings and I may never get to see him again. He is an older man, and due to the conditions of his home country, he might not be able to survive. My father called us, and he was crying like like a little child because he was thinking about what would happen to us if he got deported. If he gets sent back to Bangladesh, his home country, he will be in grave danger, and people of his kind are persecuted there.  My dad could likely would face persecution or even death at the hands of radical Islamist extremist gangs back in Bangladesh due to his liberal and secular writings and postings on social media platforms and publications.   My dad being a US educated outspoken Western Liberal Secular Muslim, he could face a similar fate as those faced by many US educated Bangladeshi bloggers in the recent time.  He has been in the US for 30 years, and the law has kept him from gaining citizenship. He has helped throughout our community, and has a lot breakthroughs in science, many of which are still being researched. If he is deported, that research may never be finished, making a great loss to the field is science. We are the children of Syed Ahmed Jamal, and we are requesting on behalf of our family for your kind help to get back our father. A home is not a home without a father. Taseen Jamal

Marci Leuschen
108,668 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Libby Schaaf

Urge congress to return ICE deported oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez to U.S. (S.1763)

Maria Mendoza Sanchez started as a nursing home housekeeper and became a respected oncology nurse serving underprivileged patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA.  She and her husband have lived in the U.S. over 20 years, raised their 4 children here, bought a house and had been good members of the community with no criminal records.  After 15 years of attempting to achieve permanent resident status, on August 17, 2017, ICE  deported Maria to Mexico with her husband, Eusebio, a truck driver.   Maria was forced to break up her family, leaving her 16-year-old daughter in the U.S. to finish high school in the care of her 23-year-old daughter.  Too young to not be in the care of his parents, her 12-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen and has only ever known California as his home, had to move to Mexico with Maria.  12/21/17 UPDATE:  Maria’s 12-year-old son returned to Oakland, CA as he was unable to adjust to life in rural Mexico. He has returned to his family home and the care of his sisters. Heartbreaking.  This is a travesty of justice and should never happen in the United States of America. What happened to only deporting criminals? Dianne Feinstein has introduced a Senate Bill, S.1763 and Barbara Lee has introduced a House Bill, H.R.3818, to grant Maria, her husband and oldest daughter permanent residency.  Signing this petition shows your support for these bills Maria’s family is very proud and reluctant to ask for help, but these heartless immigration policies have broken up their family and decimated their ability to support this once thriving family of 6. If you can help with a donation to their GoFundMe account, it is desperately needed. Thank you.  Facebook page (please like):  

Nancy MacKinnon
91,019 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth

Reunite Asylum-Seeking Congolese Mother and 7yo Daughter

The Washington Post editorial board asks, "WHAT, EXACTLY, did a 7-year-old Congolese girl do to the United States to deserve the trauma that has been visited upon her — including forcible separation from her mother — by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her immigration agents?" We, the undersigned, want to know, as well. We demand they be reunited. We demand that all parents and children detained during the immigration and asylum and refugee processes remain together as a matter of indisputable policy.  Although the family has been determined as having a good chance for being granted asylum, the 7-year-old daughter, identified as "S.S.," was wrenched from her mother ("Ms. L") as they arrived in the US, while frantically screaming and wailing for her. The mother could hear her daughter's heartbreaking calls to be with her from the next room, and was denied staying with her.Now the Department of Homeland Security has placed them in facilities more than 2,000 miles apart. The child has only been able to speak to her mother six times in four months on the phone, and observed her 7th birthday with no family at all. This cruel and heartless action by DHS needs to be remedied immediately. For the health of both the child and her mother, we insist you reunite them in a family center before more damage has been done. Traumatizing children and families is not an American ideal. Inflicting psychological torture to those "yearning to breathe free" is not an American standard. Setting this cruel behavior as standard policy to create a "chilling effect" to other asylum-seekers is horrific and contrary to the spirit of our Constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded. Remedy this traumatizing situation by permanently reuniting Ms. L and S.S., as well as the other children separated from their parents during these processes. It is the right thing to do. Use a colored pencil or colored text to write Senators in California and Illinois, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen). Please see March 4, 2018 Washington Post editorial "Gratuitous cruelty by Homeland Security: Separating a 7-year-old from her mother." Related lawsuit by ACLU: DHS contact info:  

Sedda W.
264 supporters