13 petitions

Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Neal Dunn, Halsey Beshears, Bill Nelson, Donald Trump, Bill Montford, Mike Pence, Carlos Curbelo, David Silvers

The United States are the only country my husband knows. Pardon him so he can stay.

My husband Rudy came to Florida from Cuba with his family in the Mariel boatlift as a 7 year-old boy. He did a stupid thing in 1997 when he was 24 years-old that led to a plea deal for a non-violent drug offense. If we knew then what we know now, Rudy wouldn’t have taken the deal and put his chance at becoming a citizen at risk. When my husband began the process to obtain his citizenship in 2003, his application was flagged because of his involvement in the 1997 incident. Instead of progressing along the citizenship track, the very next year, my husband found himself on the deportation track. He received a deportation order in 2004. We immediately appealed that decision and lost. My husband was placed under ICE supervision -- which required him to to check in with the nearest ICE office on a scheduled basis. And that’s what we did. For the next 13 years, Rudy faithfully checked in with ICE officials per his agreement. In the meantime, we started a construction business and raised a family in a quiet, North Florida town. Our daughter grew up and decided to serve our country in the U.S. Coast Guard. Our son decided to follow his father’s footsteps in our family business. Life went on. Until just last month. Rudy and I reported to the ICE office for his regular, scheduled check-in. Then, in an instant, three armed men appeared and he was taken into custody. I’ll never forget the expression on my husband’s face as he peered through the plexiglass window that divided us. Our worst nightmare was coming true. Rudy has been locked up at the Wakulla County Detention Center -- an hour away from our home -- ever since. We’ve hired an immigration lawyer, but we still have no information about how long he will be detained or even if he’ll be released. If we knew then what we know now, my husband would’ve never accepted the plea deal that he took back in 1997. Instead, our business is suffering. We have construction projects that have come to a halt just as our state is entering hurricane season. Our 19-year old son is trying to take the reigns. But it’s hard. We miss my husband so much. Please sign and share this petition asking Governor Rick Scott to grant my husband Rudy a pardon. It’s the only way to remove the roadblock that stands between my husband, his freedom and a pathway to citizenship in the only country he’s known since he was a small boy. Help us show the world that the U.S. is still the place where dreams are possible and freedom reigns supreme.

Shelly Blanco
7,657 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Lynda Hopkins, Jerry Threet, San Francisco ICE Field Office, Shirlee Zane, Susan Gorin, David Rabbitt, James Gore, Rosa Mengesha

Sonoma County---Enact an ICE oversight board to protect our students!

We are educators and school staff from across Sonoma county. We are writing to request that Sonoma County officially create an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) subcommittee of the existing county IOLERO (Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach). This ICE subcommittee would have the mission of engaging with and monitoring the local San Francisco ICE field offices in order to help protect our students, our community, our values, and our community social capital. The SF ICE field office, as a branch of a federal agency, may not have any legal requirement to follow advice or requests of our local law enforcement review board, but it would be in SF ICE's self-interest to at least meet with, listen to, and provide information to such a county-sanctioned review board. We believe there should be some border enforcement and that some violent criminals should be deported. However, it is clear to us that recent Executive Orders expanding categories of immigrants to be prioritized for deportation is not in line with the values of our community, our county, and the state of California. Like nearly all California educators, we have students whose families may have very similar stories and circumstances to those of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos (in Arizona). We have students who may be DACA dreamers or who may have older siblings who are DACA dreamers. (In Seattle, a non-criminal DACA dreamer with a 3-year old American child was just arrested by ICE agents who plan to deport him.) We now have a reasonable fear that one or more families of our students will be torn apart by the agents of the SF ICE field office. This unnecessary act would create fear and trauma for our students and our school community. It would be the forceful imposition of foreign values on our community, county, and state. However, the current federal administration and ICE have made it clear that such actions are in line with both their authority and with their intentions. Our hope is that if we, in Sonoma, speak up on this issue, we can prevent cases like that of Guadalupe Rayos from occurring in our school communities. It will be a tragedy if it happens, even if it happens only once. But, to be clear---the evidence suggests that there are already plans, authority, personnel, and resources collecting in SF ICE field office to inflict just such a tragedy upon us. The default is that such a tragedy or tragedies will likely occur. We should to take strong, immediate action to prevent such tragedies by setting up a county ICE review board. We believe in respectful dialogue and engagement with SF ICE. SF ICE agents have tremendous power to both help protect and to inflict great harm on our community. We believe that their intentions are to protect our community. We do not believe they have a complete understanding of our community, the impact their actions may have on our community, nor a clear understanding of the kind of support we want or need from them. Our expectation is that SF ICE would welcome formal channels of communication and engagement with any community in which they operate.  

Park Guthrie
117 supporters