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Petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

Ending Threat of Deportation: Urge Governor Newsom to Pardon Saman Pho!

Tell Governor Newsom to pardon Cambodian genocide survivor, Saman Pho, so that Saman can remain with his wife and four young children in Oakland, California. The Governor’s pardon could prevent Saman’s order of deportation.  Saman is a beloved father and Cambodian refugee facing deportation due to a conviction from over two decades ago. Before arriving to the U.S. at the age of six, Saman spent three years with his family in concentration camps under the Khmer Rouge. Saman and his family experienced many atrocities, including the loss of his brother who starved to death. Following their captivity, they stayed at several refugee camps before coming to the United States in 1982.  Saman’s family settled in an impoverished neighborhood in Oakland during a time when many cities experienced tough-on-crime laws. Saman’s parents worked multiple jobs, and spent long hours away from home. Saman did his best to focus on school despite an unstable environment and leaned on friends in the neighborhood for support. In 1995, while at a party with the “wrong” crowd, a group of young men attacked Saman and his friend. While under the influence of alcohol, he fired a weapon towards his attackers. Saman was arrested and immediately accepted responsibility for his actions and charged with attempted murder. With full remorse, he accepted a 12 year prison sentence. Though no lives were lost, Saman was ashamed of his actions, and worked to change his life. While in prison, Saman completed his GED, received a painting certificate, attended other educational trainings, and was a member of the Men’s Advisory Committee. After serving 11 years in prison Saman was immediately arrested by immigration officers on prison grounds and spent 4 months in ICE detention fighting deportation. Inexperienced, vulnerable, and without legal representation, Saman signed an immigration document attesting to his removal from the United States. He was released under conditional status. Upon his release, Saman worked multiple jobs, eventually receiving honors through the Cypress Mandela apprenticeship program, which gives job opportunities to disadvantaged men. In 2014, he was offered a position with McGuire and Hester Construction where he continues to work as a respected employee. Shortly after, the Northern California Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program accepted Saman, and he became a member of the OPCMIA International Organization of Local 300.  Today, Saman has built a life with his wife, Maribel, and four children, Zuheili (14), Tonalli (9), Emanuel (8), and Apsara (1). Saman is not fluent in Khmer, and has no ties to family in Cambodia. If Saman were removed from this country, Saman and his family would face immense emotional pain, financial instability, and other severe consequences from being forcibly separated. Join Saman’s family and advocates to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to pardon Saman so that he can find relief from deportation and remain with his family and community.

Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
5,085 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Free SUNY Student Omar Helalat from ICE

Omar Helalat, a Dean's List student of the University at Albany, SUNY, has had his DACA protections revoked and been wrongfully detained by immigration and Customs Enforcement after a faulty court case was brought against him in 2018. He now faces deportation to Jordan, a country he hasn't called home since he was five years old. Governor Andrew Cuomo can pardon Omar, as he has with other immigrants who have, in the governor's own words: "Proved their rehabilitation, but have been unable to gain legal status or fully reenter society due to the stigma of conviction." I went to school with Omar in Rockland County, New York. We grew up just a few blocks from one another, and rode the bus to school together every morning. From the time he joined me in the classroom at age six, I always knew Omar as a warm, friendly, and contributive member to his community. He is a beloved son, brother to three sisters, and friend to countless people. After having difficulties as a student, Omar went to Albany, where he rose to join the ranks of the school's highest academic performers. As his classmate, his neighbor, and a student who knows what it's like to work through difficult personal trials, I am trying to bring my friend home. TO THE HONORABLE GOV. CUOMO: Please help this exceptional young man rejoin the community he has fought so hard to become a part of. We need YOU to pardon Omar so he can go back to being the proud, productive New Yorker he's always been.  Please submit a motion of clemency for Omar Helalat and throw out CASE #: 6:18-cv-06448 immediately.

Noah Daly
24,300 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Grant Jeanette Vizguerra a Stay of Removal to continue waiting for her visa in the U.S.

Jeanette Vizguerra is a Colorado community activist and leader who is facing deportation and removal back to Mexico. Jeanette has led the fight against her own deportation now since 2009. She previously sought refuge at a Denver church rather than expose her family to the dangers of Trump’s immigration agents. In 2017, Jeanette was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people for standing up against the oppressive immigration system that sought to separate her from her children. Mother of four children, and grandmother of three, Jeanette has taken her fight as visible and vocal as her resistance for herself and others. She is the pillar of the family; her children and grandchildren are the motivation in her life. She provides security and confidence in their young lives and wants to continue to protect them. Jeanette has given a large part of her time to advocate for her community. She has worked for SEIU as a labor organizer and volunteered with her children’s schools, the Aurora Neighborhood Watch Program, Rights for All People, the American Friends Service Committee, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Domestic Worker’s Association, We Belong together, as well as founded several organizations like Dreamer’s Mothers in Action-Colorado, Abolish ICE Denver, Denver County Sanctuary Coalition, and more. Jeanette has worked tirelessly to build her community in Colorado and has inspired many with her courage, passion and compassion. Jeanette exemplifies the brutality of our immigration system that is unjustly separating families and denying many the ability to live with dignity. Although Jeanette has received support from many of Colorado’s political leaders like Representative Michael Bennet, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Councilman Paul Lopez, Mayor Michael Hancock, and many more, Immigration continues to target her for speaking out against them. Currently Jeanette is seeking deportation relief through a special visa for being the victim of certain violent crimes. Although she meets the merits to receive the visa, she is currently on the waitlist amongst 140,000 petitions; all while only 10,000 visas are awarded each year. Jeanette continues to seek her community’s support to show the oppressive Immigration system that we are all people and deserve respect and dignity. Please consider signing this petition for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant her Stay of Removal and approve her visa petition.

Bernabe Soto Ramirez
7,324 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Stop harassing US citizens/legal immigrants "DO YOU HAVE A GREEN CARD?"

or threatening with "DEPORTATION" because of their color or accent. Click the above video and red link for the exact questions asked by Hallmark's lawyer and recorded by Court reporter. Race and immigration have always been major issues in this country. As a lucky immigrant from Taiwan in 1982 and later becoming a US citizen in 1989, I have a decent business, and live happily in an ocean front house in Long Island, NY with my wife and 86-year-old mom, and my granddaughter is 2 years old now. All the people in my town are so nice and friendly to us, and I told everybody that although I could not choose to be born here, I choose to die here. My company is a publisher and distributor of greeting cards, and my invented sound card are 6 time winners of the Louie Award,  the most prestigious award in the industry, and sold in more than 15,000 stores one time. Comparing to Hallmark, I am a gnat, but we have been competing against each other in the market for the past 30 years.  In 2017, my company became tangled in a civil case with Hallmark. In a 6-hour video recorded deposition in the presence of two court reporters and three lawyers after I rejected their offer for settlement, I was repeatedly grilled questions such as “DO YOU HAVE A GREEN CARD?” and threatened with "DEPORTATION".  As a US citizen for 30 years, I do not mind that some people still call me “Chink” and ask me to “go back to China” without knowing the difference between China and Taiwan; I have also heard that many criminals target immigrants to rob and rape, and their lawyers helped them get away easily by attacking the victims’ immigration status, but I was extremely surprised and upset when it was directed by a company named "Hallmark" with more than 20,000 employees and a law firm named “Fox Rothschild” with 800 lawyers.  As one of the luckiest immigrants and US citizens, I have owed so much to this country and its people, and how can I keep silent? Why did Hallmark have to ask my immigration status in a civil dispute after knowing me and my company for 30 years? Big companies can bully small competitors and copy their ideas, but legally are they allowed to enter their competitors' facility by false pretense and take pictures and video? This nation has already been divided by issues such as immigration and border walls, and we will not have easy answers shortly, but can we at least agree that ALL THE US CITIZENS AND LEGAL IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY REGARDLESS OF THEIR COLOR OR ACCENT? Part of  the comments from can be download from this link. For more details and updates of this modern David vs Goliath story, please follow our page on Facebook or check Hall vs Chou.  LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL BY ASKING CONGRESS TO PASS A LAW THAT QUESTIONS ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS SHOULD BE BANNED IN A CIVIL CASE.   p.s. My son is the founder of "transparentcity".  He was born here and lives at upper west side next to Hudson River with his lovely wife and daughter. I hope that they will not have to face the same problems as I had with Hallmark.      

James Chou
5,948 supporters