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. http://www.childrensrights.org/
Petition to Donald J. Trump
STOP the Deportation of Joe Giudice
My father, Joe Giudice, came to the United States when he was an infant, one year after his birth, he has resided in New Jersey his entire life. He is a businessman, a husband, father to four young women all under the age of 19, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was found guilty of NON Violent offenses and served his time complying with all prison guidelines and procedures. My mother and father have fought tirelessly to pay back every single penny of restitution to court deemed they owe. They have made a mistake but rectified it through serving time and by finically satisfying all that was owed. He is currently still in a detention center while fighting the deportation; that's right he's still incarcerated months after completing his prison sentence in an effort to stand by his family. After completing his sentence he could've left the country and gone to Italy but he chose to stay in prison, hirer additional counsel and make several more appeals to try to stay in the United States because he knows how much his family needs him. He and my mother are willing to spend funds and additional time in an immigration prison for the chance he gets to hold his children again. He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land. My father is not a danger to society, he is a warm loving man and I beg you sign our petition to give my father a second chance at being part of our lives and giving back to the community we live in once a again. My father is there for us in every possible way a father could be. He has always been our handyman, our confidont, our cheerleader, our challenger and most importantly our protector. This would rob us of my father screaming from the stands at our graduations, meeting our future husbands for the first time, of walking us down the aisle, of being there when his grandchildren come into the world. Please use your voice, your power and your signature to help keep my family together. We request that our President, Donald J Trump review our petition and pardon my father to relieve him of this life sentence the courts are bestowing on him, yes in Italy he will no longer be incarcerated but will he ever be free if kept from his family and be able to be a productive member of society? Love, Gia,Gabriella, Milania, Audriana and my mom Teresa.
Petition to Daniel Bible, Norma Lacy, Norma Lacy, ERO Public Advocate
Keep Hipolito Home!
Hipolito Galan Mancillas – or "Papi" to his young grandkids – is a longtime Texan employer, active church member, loving father and grandparent, and sole breadwinner for our family. I am a DACA student recipient, my 3 brothers are U.S. citizens, and our father is the glue that holds our family together. We along with my mother and my children desperately need him to stay home with us in the beautiful life we have here. On January 8th, Hipolito is scheduled to meet with ICE – at which point he has the opportunity to turn in paperwork for a Cancellation of Removal and prove public support for keeping him here with his family. Sign this petition to help Hipolito defend his case to remain in the U.S.! Hipolito came to the United States in March 1997, at the age of 26 in search of a better, safer future for himself and his family. He was alone in this country and worked hard to obtain a stable job and safe home. He provided for me and my mother, whom he remorsefully had to leave back in Mexico. Once Hipolito gained employment and secured housing however, our little family was reunited as he brought us to live with him in the USA, in the fall of 1999. Hipolito has since worked hard for us and created the life we dreamed of, thanks be to God. He co-owns a business where he employs over 50 workers; he provides his children a safe home and the opportunity to advance our education, and gives us his endless love and support. Hipolito lives an exemplary life, giving to his community and ensuring his family is well taken care of. Please, sign this petition to keep my father in the United States with our family! Hipolito was not able to go back to school to continue his education but he used every resource at his reach to obtain higher education. Whatever we learned he learned with us, he read our books, helped with our homework, spent countless hours studying and researching and following lesson plans – not only to help us with school work, but also to increase his own knowledge. He works hard, pays taxes, owns his home and vehicles, and is a regular volunteer alongside his wife at our church in Waco, TX. Despite a setback in 2001, when he was arrested for a DUI and successfully completed probation, Hipolito has become heavily involved in his church and community. It has been 17 years since he has even visited his native country. But because of a 17-year-old nonviolent offense, my dad Hipolito could be deported back to Mexico after all the hard work he’s invested in our family and community. If we do not act NOW, our family will be ripped apart. I cannot fathom the pain my brothers, my mom, my dad, my children, and I would endure if that were to happen. We have so many hopes and dreams rooted here in Waco. Everyone deserves a second chance. Sign and share this petition now to support our family and #KeepHipolitoHome. Thank you for your support!! To donate ANY amount to support the Galan family in their legal battle, click here! - Mely Galan, Hipolito's daughter
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, Charles D. Baker
End Southeast Asian Deportations: Keep Saray Im Home!
Sign-on to the petition to demand the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allow Saray Im to stay in the United States with his family. Saray fled the Cambodian genocide with his parents and siblings as a child, found safety in the United States as a refugee in the 1980s, and has been living in Massachusetts with his U.S. citizen wife and children for nearly the past two decades. Saray has a stable job, coaches his kids’ flag football teams on the weekends, and is “the rock” that holds his family together. But the Trump administration is targeting people like Saray to deport. The Trump administration has driven a sharp rise in Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and deportations in the Southeast Asian community. In the Cambodian community, 1,900 people with final orders of removal are vulnerable for deportation. Last year, 150 Cambodian Americans were deported. This month, ICE is conducting raids in the Cambodian community and planning to arrest 100 more Cambodian community members, including Saray Im. Cambodian and Vietnamese communities have been hit hard, but we have organized to fight back. We have organized against the largest deportation flight (to date) scheduled to Cambodia and we have protested against the Trump administration’s pressure on Vietnam to renegotiate a repatriation agreement that has protected thousands of refugees from being torn apart from their families. Saray is a devoted father of five, husband, and community leader, who like many other Cambodian Americans, is facing deportation to a country he fled from due to war and genocide. Saray fled Cambodia with his family to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide where his mom died shortly after he was born. He spent a few years in a refugee camp in Thailand before his family and him resettled in Stockton, California when he was 9 years old. In 1996, Im and his family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts. When Saray was 21 years old, he was involved in a crime involving a firearm exchange. The crime did not result in any injuries. He was arrested and incarcerated for three years and then held for two years in ICE detention. Saray made a serious mistake and he has worked hard to transform his life. When he was in prison, Saray studied diligently to obtain his GED and tutored others. After he was released, Saray held a steady job for the past 17 years and has worked his way up as an inventory analyst and now coordinator in a manufacturing company, where he is not only well-respected but also well-loved. For Saray, the love and commitment for his family is the biggest priority. Through working 50 to 55 hours per week, he has been able to support his wife’s passion to continue her education as a nurse in pursuit of her Bachelors in Science and Nursing, as well as support and show-up for his children in their extracurricular activities. For the past six years, Saray has been actively involved in the community as a coach for the North Shore Flag Football League, where many of the youth on his team have gone on to play nationally, and he has been a respected coach and community member amongst the team and parents. He teaches young people team building, camaraderie, respect, and how to win and lose graciously through this sport. Saray also comes from a close-knit family, in part as a result of having to rely only on each other during their escape and resettlement in the United States as refugees. Saray’s U.S. citizen siblings and their families have lived within blocks of his family for years and they regularly gather for meals and karaoke. Saray’s conviction should not define him for the rest of his life. Two decades ago, Saray made a mistake as a 21-year old and served his time. He has changed. Deporting Saray to a country he originally fled due to genocide is an inhumane and unjust form of punishment. Saray has dedicated his life to supporting his family and community. Deporting him will have a rippling impact on the youth he mentors, his co-workers, his siblings, his wife, and his five children. Our communities become weaker with each of these deportations. So we urge our community members, community groups and organizations, and allies and supporters, to sign-onto this petition to: Demand that DHS and ICE allow Saray to stay in the United States with his family and community. Support Saray’s request to the Massachusetts Parole Board and Governor Baker to grant a pardon for his crime, which would also allow Saray to remain with his family. In Love & Power,Asian American Resource Workshop - Boston, MA
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
First and foremost, Javier and his family (and I) want to THANK EVERYONE who appeared at our rally Monday at Pizza Al Fresco. In these difficult times, I know this meant A LOT to Javier and his family. It also meant a lot to me because these ARE difficult times with so many people facing deportation and separation from their loved ones and family members. The turnout and support was AMAZING and we could not be happier with the support from the Palm Beach community - and people from ALL over the world! I am editing this petition to make sure it is up to date. We have filed our PFR (Petition for Review) with the Eleventh (11th) Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. We are also seeking a stay and injunction from the Court, so that Javier is not forced to leave the U.S. while our federal court case is pending. Rebeca Sanchez-Roig, Esq. has joined our legal team and has been invaluable in her work with the federal court case. http://sanchezroiglaw.com/ We continue to seek an extension from DHS/ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Miramar, Florida, and we continue to ask that everyone support our efforts in seeking such an extension from that DHS/ICE Office. We will continue to keep this petition updated as this compelling case continues. Please Sign this petition to stop Francisco from being taken away from his beautiful family. 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. 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 case before a federal court with counsel. 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. Then, please share this petition online - on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al. Please feel free to message, tweet, and contact the following individuals on social media. OR, 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 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 Marco Rubio - 202-224-3041 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."
Petition to President Janet L. Steinmayer, Dean Nathaniel Mays
Stop ICE from deporting international students at Lesley University
On July 6th, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced modifications for non-immigrant students taking online classes in the United States. The modifications would not allow international students to remain in the United States if their college offers online-only classes. International students affected by this would be forced to transfer to another college for in-person classes or to leave the country or risk deportation. The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a racist, discriminatory, and inhumane attack on our international student body. The repercussions of this new rule are devastating. It puts our international students directly in harm’s way. It is dangerous to force international students to travel during a global pandemic. Furthermore, some are not even able to travel due to travel restrictions and bans, which would result in them being stuck in between countries. Students from some countries may face physical danger, censorship, surveillance, and persecution if they are forced to return to their home countries, which would make it extremely difficult to continue their remote learning. We urge Lesley University to take immediate action to protect our vulnerable international student population and to alleviate the threat of deportation and denial of entry. This may include but is not limited to : • Prioritizing and reopening registration of existing hybrid and in-person courses for international students • Creating and designating in-person independent study courses relevant to their program for international students • Restructuring online courses to a flexible hybrid model to accommodate students who need in-person, remote, and asynchronous learning • Dedicating resources to create a safe physical learning space with proper COVID-19 protocols • Joining the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT and publically condemning the new ICE policy
Petition to Governor Phil Murphy, Andrew M. Cuomo, Ned Lamont, ICE , Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
Allow International Students To Stay In America If Universities Transition Online
International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on July 6th, 2020. This will affect thousands of foreign students who come to the United States to attend universities or participate in training programs, as well as non-academic or vocational studies. Universities nationwide are beginning to make the decision to transition to online courses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With everything going on in the country and amidst a global pandemic, students seeking an education should not fear deportation. International students overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to come to America and receive a quality education. These students are our classmates and deserve the right to be full-time students, if desired, regardless of the circumstances. ICE said that students who fall under certain visas "may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States," adding, "The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States." The agency suggested that students currently enrolled in the U.S. consider other measures, like transferring to schools with in-person instruction. There's an exception for universities using a hybrid model, such as a mix of online and in-person classes. This petition is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to work with universities, law schools, and all educational institutions to create a system that would allow our International students to continue pursuing their education in America. This includes but is not limited to approving hybrid academic plans in the Fall that would allow international students to stay. All international students should be allowed to stay in America without the fear of being deported.
Petition to Cal Poly Pomona Provost, Dr. Soraya M. Coley
Cal Poly Pomona: Provide Hybrid Classes to Protect International Students
ICE recently made a modification to the conditions of student visas that will make it so that many students enrolled in schools that have gone online for Fall 2020 will not be covered by their student visas any longer. This will force many students to leave the country (https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during). Because Cal Poly Pomona has chosen to stay entirely online for the Fall term, many international CPP students could be forced out of the country. This can all change if only CPP provides hybrid courses rather than only online ones. The concern for everyone's safety during the COVID-19 pandemic is entirely valid and should not be overlooked. However, the students who will be displaced due to ICE's recent decision will be subjected to much more danger than they would be from hybrid courses. The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential international travel, so forcing potentially thousands of students to board international flights will not only be a great risk to them, but to anyone else on the flights. Furthermore, hybrids are a safer option than fully in-person courses and if CPP can provide even just a minimum of hybrid courses (and keep the others online), it will help keep international students safe. Please sign this petition and contact the Cal Poly Pomona Provost in order to provide hybrid courses for the Fall 2020 semester and protect our international students.