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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
24,302 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
7,282 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to People 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 video and red links for related documents and 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 legal 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 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 with a company/person which they have known 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 of the case, 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
4,668 supporters
Update posted 3 months 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

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. 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."

Richard Hujber
136,424 supporters