Petition to Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services, immigration and customs inforcement, Kurt Schrader, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden
Reunite Detained Immigrant Children with their Parents
As of July 20, 2018 close to 3,000 children were separated from their parents by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) while attempting to cross the Mexico-USA border and the US government doesn't have a definite plan to unite them. Parents and children have been told that they will likely never see one another again. Suicide attempts have been noted among children and parents separated from their loved ones. Immigrant children are forced to stay in cages, completely isolated from the outside world. Many cry themselves to sleep, begging to see their parents. Several hundred cases of sexual abuse by immigration officials have been reported by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). As citizens of the United States of America, we will not tolerate such cruelty on behalf of our government against immigrants, many of who are seeking asylum from violence, war and atrocity in their home country. Limited communication between the Department of Health and Human Services, ICE, and ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) has been to blame for making family reunification practically impossible. We demand that the US government get it's act together, take every step necessary to immediately unite parent and child, and avoid further suffering. For More Information Please Click the Link Below: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border
Petition to Kankakee County Board, Kankakee County Board Chairman Andrew Wheeler, Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey
Stop housing ICE detainees for profit in Kankakee County
Immigrants seeking a better life should not be isolated from family and detained indefinitely simply due to being undocumented. Profiting from housing these ICE detainees is against our values, and solving Kankakee County's fiscal crisis on the backs of these individuals is bad policy that we demand an end to. Stop expansion and end the practice of Kankakee County housing ICE detainees for profit in our detention centers.
Petition to Department of Justice, Houston Immigration Court, Congressman Al Green
Help the Castro Family #stopseparatingfamilies
We are American citizens, and our family is being torn apart. My dad Henry Castro came to this country as a 17-year-old in 1994. He was told that he would receive a notice of his immigration hearing in the mail, but he never did. There is proof that his letter was delivered to someone he didn’t know. Now, almost 25 years later, he is a father of six and an active member of our community, and he is being asked to leave us all behind. My dad has never committed a crime and was a minor when he came to the U.S. To send him back to Guatemala now is unfair. A week ago, my father was given two choices: voluntarily leave the country or to appeal the asylum case that he lost. On Tuesday, August 14 2018, he has to report back to court with his decision. We’re asking the judge to consider a third option: Let him stay in the country with his family. As a daughter and older sister, I don’t want to see my younger siblings grow up without a father. Please join us in urging the judge in my father’s case to offer us another option that doesn’t break my family apart. Your support will show the judge that my father deserves a chance. Sign our petition to help.
Petition to United States Congressperson Emmanuel Cleaver, Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt, Mayor Sly James, Thomas Blank
Bring home unlawfully seized deported. The Irreplaceable Letty Stegall. #BringLettyHome
Leticia Stegall, the woman affectionately known as "Letty" and described as "the face of the River Market." Letty is a mother, a wife, and loved as a sister to many. She may have been Mexican-born. She loved our country despite the hardships it offered her at times. She gave so much to our community and was deeply rooted caring and tireless part of the City Market. She was much more the manager of the Blue Line hockey bar in the River Market. Yet, our nation, her adopted country denied her due process when a Court order was ignored and she was abruptly deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Feb. 26. Her work visa was set to expire at the end of March, according to Stegall’s husband. Stegall said Leticia left their home early Monday morning and an ICE agent arrested her on her way to the gym. He also said they drove her car back and parked it in the driveway, but he wasn’t informed she was arrested. A neighbor called Stegall’s parents and told them what happened. "My parents called me and asked if I had heard the news that Immigration had come and got Letty,” Stegall said. He said the hardest part was telling his wife’s 16-year-old daughter. "She came home telling me she got an A on her test, happy. I was like 'Oh god… Honey, that's great but I have some absolutely horrible news,'” Stegall said. Leticia was held in the Platte County Jail for four days. Stegall’s lawyer contacted a federal judge, who ordered on March 2 for Leticia to stay in the country at the Platte County Jail. She was deported the same day. It’s unknown at this time when Stegall was deported and when the order came down. Leticia’s deportation was part of an operation targeting people here illegally with prior criminal histories. Perhaps the need for stats and figures to pound the drum of division that is now stifling the faint breeze of freedom once known. Meanwhile, her daughter prepares for graduation while her mother is denied the ability to come home. Stegall said he thought they would be allowed to carry out that legal process to try and keep Leticia here. Stegall has started the paperwork to file for a marriage visa. The process can take up to two years. He’s unsure if that would override the 10-year period that Leticia is not allowed to re-enter the country because she was forcefully detained. The throngs of supporters on a Monday night show the community support for Letty and elected leaders should take note of the votes they will lose as this woman and this issue embodies the ideals that many of us will not sacrifice. On Feb. 26, 2018, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Leticia Tadeo-Guzman, a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the U.S., during an operation targeting at-large criminal aliens. Tadeo-Guzman has a prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Overland Park, Kansas, in 2012. She received a final order of removal from a federal immigration judge in 2016. While she was in the process of being removed, the local ICE office received a faxed Writ of Habeas Corpus from the U.S. District Judge of the Western District of Missouri. She had has been removed to Mexico and is no longer in ICE custody, this Writ is no longer applicable or so the authorities suggest. #BringLettyHome
Petition to Marinos Vourderis, Italian Ice Justice
Marinos Justice for Aaron
Everyone loves Marinos Famous Italian Ices. Some people like Cherry, others like Lemon. I happen to prefer Rainbow, the ultimate ices flavor. With Rainbow, you not only get the sweetness of Cherry and the sourness of Lemon but the Blueberry too. For as long as I can remember, I have been a Marinos ices aficionado. During those hot summer days of my childhood, I would walk over to the nearby Stop and Shop and pick up a sweet pack of Rainbow flavored Marinos ices. For years I had gotten used to and expected a level of quality. When I ripped open that box and pulled out a container, I felt a sense of security. As I peeled open the top and was greeted by an equal distribution of flavors, I felt the greatness of living in America. One day, however, my world was shaken. It was a normal afternoon and I opened the fridge to grab a Marinos Ice, but my day took a dark turn when I peeled back the frosty top. I was appalled when I saw that my beloved Cherry flavor was all but missing. Instead of getting an equal third, the red colored flavor was all but a smidge at the edge of the cup (https://imgur.com/a/3XBrGrT). My heart broke as I realized the red on our nation's flag was not being represented. My Marinos fantasy came crashing down. At that moment, it felt like my childhood had been tainted. After seeing such an abomination, I felt it was my duty to stand up for the reds in the world, the ones who are marginalized by those who seek the overtake them. I sent an email to my friends at the Marinos factory asking for just compensation. I asked for a Marinos shirt to help me dream on. I was offended when my supposed "friend" Frank ridiculed me and insulted me and my loyalty to Mr. Marino Vourderis with a mere $3 rebate. So I ask you to stand with me and help me seek justice for my tragedy. Help me reinstate my dream with a Marinos Shirt. Let my Marinos fantasy live on. #MarinosForAaron #RainbowJustice #RedDiscrimination View the emails: https://imgur.com/a/HCN93qZ
Petition to Alicia Ferra
#FreeChin from ICE Detention
The undersigned members of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) organizations across the U.S. are writing to demand that you grant Yuen Tsui request for parole. Yuen Tsui, or Chin, is part of our community and we are ready to love and support him when he is free. Chin has been in solitary for over 8 months because of his gender identity. You are claiming that Chin needs to be in solitary for his own safety. Solitary is never safe. You have no way to safely detain transpeople so we are demanding that you release Chin. He has a community of people who are ready to house him, support him to get to court dates, and find him work. Our QTPOC community can keep Chin safe. You have the power to grant Chin parole. Release Chin to us
Petition to Jim Kenney
Mayor Kenney: End the PARS/ICE Contract
Today we ask you to stand with immigrant communities in Philadelphia by helping to remove a crucial weapon in ICE's deportation machine. Since 2010 the City of Philadelphia has shared PARS (the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System), a real-time legal information sharing database, with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement.) This has led to a ballooning of deportations inside of our city and has facilitated the local Philadelphia ICE office to become the most aggressive in the country. On August 31, 2018 we have the opportunity to end ICE's access to PARS by not renewing their contract. PARS is a local database used by our legal system. It collects personal information, including social security number, date of birth, country of origin and address. Although it does not collect immigration status, ICE uses the information in the PARS database to racially profile our community through proxy searches. Because of this access ICE conducts dangerous raids across our city, in our homes, at our jobs, and across our legal system. This puts anyone who has been touched by the database and their families and loved ones in jeopardy of a deportation and family separation. If we truly would like to be a sanctuary city we must close all the loopholes ICE uses to target our community and expand our definition of sanctuary. The city of Philadelphia's contract with ICE is up for renewal on August 31st. In order to continue the contract needs to be signed by the office of the District Attorney, the Mayor and the First Judicial District (the courts) D.A Krasner has already publicly made his commitment to discontinue this contract. Therefore, we urgently ask Mayor Jim Kenney to not renew the PARS/ICE contract as well. If you would like to sign on to this demand. Please sign and share this petition. En La Lucha,Juntos
Petition to Eric Holcomb, Rick Niemeyer, Douglas Gutwein, Joe Donnelly, U.S. Department of State, Todd Young, Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House
No ICE Detention Facility in Newton County
It has recently been revealed through the press that Geo Group is considering building a for-profit private ICE Detention Facility in Newton County Indiana. Local citizens are concerned and many have no desire for such an entity to be established in the community, having seen the recent events if other nearby communities rejecting similar plans, and sharing the same concerns. Many are especially concerned by recent zoning decision by the county commissioners to zone a large plot of land in Lincoln Township PGD. The petition was brought forth by El Dardo llc, otherwise known as Matt Anderson, a private citizens and owner of the property, who sought the rezoning in order to make it "shovel ready," citing that he couldn't sell the property if the entity had to go to the trouble of seeking the zoning on its own. The Newton County Planning Commission (which Commisioner Drenth is a part of), voted unanimously against the petition, however the county commissioners disregarded all concerns and unanimously accepted it less than a week later. This makes it possible for Geo Group to build this facility and the local community to have no say in the matter. Lincoln Township is the largest residential community in Newton County. This facility would be surrounded by homes and just minutes from Lincoln Elementary School if it were to be placed at this site. Local residents want to know if this is the site Geo Group is looking into, and if so what will the elected leaders do to represent the best interests of the community.