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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

D. L.
1,385 supporters
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Petition to Field Office Director Robert Guadian, ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE Chicago Field Office, Lori LIghtfoot, J.B. Pritzker

Stop ICE’s Racist Citizen's Academy

In July 2020, the Chicago Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced their blatant state-sponsored domestic terrorism program: the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Citizens Academy. They are yet again creating and encouraging a racist community based on violence and hatred.  In the invitation letter from Field Office Director Robert Guadian, he states that "attendees will participate in scenario-based training and exercises ... including, but not limited to defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests." This program attempts to turn citizens into agents of systemic racism and nationalism, and further normalizes hate crimes against immigrants.  We must protect the immigrant community: they are our neighbors, friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. As the IFCLA stated, "this blatant endorsement of white supremacy coded in a false display of patriotism seeks to excuse racial profiling".  The six-week program is set to begin September 15, 2020. Join us in ensuring that ICE cancels this program immediately! We can not allow this increased violence, hatred and xenophobia in our communities. For further action, please visit The St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA). This link allows you to email ICE in Chicago and send a tweet to stop the Citizens Academy!  PLEASE help us get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms!  This is only one of the many reasons for why we must Abolish ICE. Please support that petition as well, it has not gained enough traction!! 

Nicole Domingo
4,432 supporters
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Petition to University of Massachusetts Boston

Create a hybrid or on campus course for international students at UMass Boston

International students make up approximately 12.5% of UMass Boston’s population. UMass Boston is currently slated to be remote in the fall, which forces all F-1 visa holders to leave the country. Many F-1 visa holders not only attend school here but have families, lives, and homes here, too. To kick them out in a pandemic is not only cruel but also dangerous.  International students contribute so much to our culture (and if you need more reasons to support them, they contribute to our economy, too). They’re valued community members. Many of these wonderful students are unable to even get home because their borders are closed due to COVID-19. They ultimately can’t get home and they’d be stuck here, illegally. UMass Boston’s statements to international students has been lackadaisical, at best. They noted they were against it and stated they’re following the lawsuits and seeking an injunction but that’s just not enough. They told students to sit tight. Unfortunately, many can’t sit tight as they need to know whether they should transfer or give up their life here if the lawsuits don’t pan out UMB NEEDS to have a contingency plan. It’s not right to let these students, who are already away from their families, suffer from anxiety while they wait for the institution to help them and communicate with them. Please support all UMass Boston students and urge the administration to do what is right and stand by their students by offering a hybrid or in person course for international students who wish to maintain their legal status and remain in the country. 

Samantha Bruno
668 supporters