58 petitions

Started 7 hours ago

Petition to President of the United States

Children don't belong in cages

The Trump administration is trying to indefinitely imprison immigrant families and children in cages. If he is successful, we’re going to see babies celebrating birthday after birthday from behind a chain link fence – all because their families tried to escape unspeakable violence in their home countries. Join our campaign to end long-term, indefinite detention of immigrant children. Earlier this year, the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy, prosecuting and detaining immigrant adults for the “crime” of crossing the U.S. border. Because of a 1997 settlement called Flores, children are not allowed to be detained in prison-like environments such as adult detention facilities for more than 20 days. But now Trump’s new Executive Order would allow for immigrant children to be held in detention indefinitely. The separation of families fleeing violence is cruel and inhumane – but keeping babies in cages indefinitely is much worse. Immigrant detention centers are unsafe for any human being. In the past few years several allegations have surfaced of abuse and sexual assault against detention center guards and we know that people in detention are denied access to basic healthcare services. Already adults are held in these facilities for months on end; it is unimaginable that children would find themselves growing up in these prison-like facilities. If we want to keep families together we should stop prosecuting their parents for making the same decision we would all make: fleeing to the U.S. border to keep our children safe from violence at home. Children don’t belong in cages. Sign our petition to keep them out of long-term detention.

Kids In Need of Defense
7,986 supporters
Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to John F. Bash

Prosecute Sessions (and others) for Separating Children At The Border (18 U.S.C. § 2441)

On October 1st, 2017, elements of the Justice Department, and the Department of Homeland Security (ICE, Border Patrol, etc.) began separating children from their parents at the border, as a matter of policy.   Thousands of parents are being split from their children; the children are falsely labeled “unaccompanied minors” and sent to government custody, or internment camps, and the parents labeled criminals and sent to jail.  These children are being kept as hostages, to encourage undocumented parents and asylum seekers to withdraw their claims of asylum, and leave the United States. Separated children are crying themselves to sleep because they don’t know where their parents are; one Honduran man killed himself in a detention cell after his child was taken from him. An American Civil Liberties Union report released in May 2018 documented hundreds of claims of “verbal, physical, and sexual abuse” of unaccompanied children by Border Patrol.  The government is sending very mixed signals about if the Trump administration is even trying to reunite families at all.  It has also been denounced by the UN. Doctors have stated, "By separating parents and children, we are doing irreparable harm to these children." This policy was put into place by Donald Trump (POTUS) and Stephen Miller (Sr. Policy Advisor), and is being executed by Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Kirstjen Nielsen (DHS Secretary), and Manuel Padilla Jr. (Border Patrol chief for the Rio Grande Valley) as well as others. However, this policy is also illegal. Under 18 U.S.C. § 2441, a United States Citizen, or member of the Armed Forces, may be found guilty of committing war crimes under certain conditions.  2 of those conditions include Cruel Treatment, and the Taking of Hostages.   Under U.S. law, it falls to the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Texas to prosecute such actions.  While President Trump cannot be prosecuted because he is a sitting President, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Manuel Padilla Jr., and others are open to prosecution. Sign this petition to demand the prosecution of anyone who executes, or engages in this cruel separation of children at the borders.  We must send a message that Americans will hold those accountable to Justice, and that no person is above the law.

Ben Adams
309 supporters
Started 16 hours ago

Petition to Donald Trump

Immigration Reform -Remove Permanent Bar on spouses of US Citizens for waiver i212

There are many U.S. citizens like my self that are suffering immensely because our spouse has been deported. The 10 year permanent bar is applied to those who have been deported more than once or have more than one illegal entry. For whatever the reason these cases should not be treated with an automatic 10 year ban. But what happens when they already have a U.S. spouse and/or children? What is the purpose? The only thing it does is separate U.S. Citizen families. They are not only punishing the person who has been deported but also their families who are U.S. citizens spouses and children. Most of the time we are forced to leave our own country (U.S.)due to the economic hardship we are left with and face dangers in the same country our spouses we're fleeing. And realistically it is impossible and we have to come back and In return we have to end up applying for government assistance and the government is left replacing our spouses income.  We need to petition for an immigration reform to remove the 10 year permanent bar and allow immigrants outside of the United States who have a U.S. citizen spouse or children to apply for an i212 waiver for permission to reapply.  If the 10 year permanent bar is removed U.S. citizens will not be forced to depend on Government Assistance or be forced to move to other countries, the same countries millions are trying to flee from.  U.S. citizens should have priority when dealing with immigration issues. Hundreds of Central Americans are granted asylum at the border yet many of U.S. citizens are forced to move to those countries because their spouses don't have a way of applying to get here legally after a deportation.  I met my husband when I was 19 and he was 23. Young and naive I had no idea how much his illegal status would have a negative impact in my life. He was brought here as a child and deported for the first time at the age of 17. He grew up in a troubled home and like many teenagers he ended up hanging out with the wrong crowd and getting in trouble. A month after he was deported he was brought back by his parents illegally. He had no family in his country (Honduras) so it was the only option they thought they had. Years later he was deported again due to a traffic stop and evading arrest. Of course he was scared of getting deported again. His last deportation was in 2016. We are married and have 3 kids together. Before he was deported we seeked legal advice to try and fix his legal status but since he had been deported we we're always told there was nothing we could do. Well after his last deportation I did some research and stumbled upon the i212 waiver. I was hopeful that he could finally come back the right way. I submitted an i-130 to pettition for him and 1 1/2 years later it has finally been approved. Of course I'm struggling financially and have been doing all this on my own. And after more thorough research I found out that yes he is eligible for an i212 waiver permission to reapply but only after 10 years of his deportation! Due to the 10 year permanent bar there is nothing we can do to try and get him here legally until 2026. � Since he was last deported I have gone to Honduras twice and I completely understand why everyone is fleeing and seeking asylum. I would put my kids and myself in danger by moving over there for the next 8 1/2 years. My only option is to stay here and keep working and going to school and struggling having to ask for food stamps and daycare assistance at least until I graduate from University and I can make enough to stop relying on it.  There are many of us stuck in the same situation. If we can make ourselves heard we can make a change. If the permanent bar is removed we can open a pathway for U.S. citizens to have their families reunited. The government will also benefit because we will not have to rely on government assistance.  We are U.S. citizens requesting for our spouses to be able to reapply for the i212 waiver permission to reapply while outside of the United States. We will still have to go through the application process and prove extreme hardship. But banning our spouses for 10 years without the possibility of a waiver is cruel and extreme punishment just due to more than one deportation. Many like my husband we're brought as children and came back illegally because that is all they knew. And after learning the proper way to get here they are shut down and not given a chance to be with their families who are already U.S. citizens.    From under i212 instructions: "Returning unlawfully to the United States without inspection and admission or parole, or without obtaining consent to reapply for admission after having been excluded, deported, or removed, OR after having accrued, in the aggregate, more than one year of unlawful presence in the United States may make you permanently inadmissible to the United States under INA section 212(a)(9)(C).Additionally, returning to the United States without obtaining consent to reapply when needed or returning unlawfully (such as returning without being inspected and admitted, or by fraud, or any other unlawful means after you have been excluded, deported, or removed) may have significant consequences, including:1. Reinstatement of your removal order under INA section 241(a)(5);2. Prosecution in criminal court under INA section 276; and3. A permanent bar from admission to the United States under INA section 212(a)(9)(C).Returning to the United States with a visa may not protect you from these consequences if you are required to obtain consent to reapply, but did not get that consent.  1. If you are inadmissible under INA section 212(a)(9)(C)(i), you are permanently inadmissible and will always need to request for consent to reapply for admission BEFORE you return to the United States.2. You cannot file an application for consent to reapply until you have left the United States and have remained outside the country for at least 10 years since your last departure. After 10 years, you must request consent to reapply before you seek admission to the United States."  

Sandra Roman
58 supporters