immigrant rights

299 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States

Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families

To include the United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families as part of the Immigration Reform legislation. Currently, only 42 of 193 nations participate in the UN treaty with many have not ratified it. By joining the treaty, the US can help the UN revive and advance the process to include all states. Obtaining a consensus treaty would be a landmark achievement for the global community and critical and urgent for continuing progress on civil rights, human rights, dignity, and well being in this nation; and for bolstering efforts to support and advance global democracy, liberty, civil rights, peace, harmony, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.   Related petitions:

Vu Nguyen
186 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services

#ReuniteEveryChild Now

Between May 7th and June 20th the Trump Administration separated nearly 3,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, when they instituted a new “zero tolerance” policy. These kids, many of them toddlers who cannot speak for themselves, are concentrated in camps far from their parents, with no plan to reunite them. The government even had the gall to demand that parents agree to “self-deport” in order to get their kids back. On June 26th, a San Diego judge ordered the administration to #ReuniteEveryChild under the age of 5 by July 10th, and the remaining by July 26th. However, as of July 9th, the administration says they can only reunite 54 of the roughly 102 children under the age of 5, that’s less than 2% of the total separated. The administration requested an extension to these dates and on July 9th, a federal judge granted that extension. Our federal government is inflicting harm and trauma upon these children through this mistreatment. Their policies include not allowing staff to touch or hug the imprisoned children to comfort them. Meanwhile, parents who are desperately trying to call their own children can only call a single government hotline – a phone number which has been proven to be mostly ineffective. At Define American, we are asking everyone, especially journalists, demand a plan from the administration to immediately #ReuniteEveryChild with their parents on U.S. soil. Will you sign on and demand that the Trump Administration immediately #ReuniteEveryChild? 

Define American
136,640 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Kate Gallego (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Thelda Williams (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Sal DiCiccio (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Jim Waring (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Michael Nowakowski (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Debra Stark (Councilwoman, City of Phoenix), Laura Pastor (Vice MayorCouncilwoman), Daniel Valenzuela (Councilman, City of Phoenix), Doug Ducey, Kimberly Yee, Greg Stanton, 668 North LLC, Lela Alston, Ken Clark, Katie Hobbs

Save the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center

Please find the latest update at In June 2017, a local Scottsdale based True North Companies’ subsidiary purchased 97 Units of this commercial condominium units, and started its plan to remove all features connected with Chinese culture and history from the exterior of the buildings to create standard "modern" office buildings despite disagreement from another condominium owner. This would destroy an important piece of Arizona's history. We urge you to preserve our Chinese cultural heritage, Phoenix's only Chinatown. The Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center, also known as the COFCO center, was built by COFCO with help from community volunteers and donations from local Chinese immigrants with support from the City of Phoenix government. The Center was created according to the public art requirement by the City 20 years ago.  Special materials and supplies were brought from China, and skilled workers from China spent years making this one of the most beautiful Chinese Cultural Centers in North America. The names of donors are engraved in the Wall of Honor, and it has become a Phoenix landmark, and part of Arizona's history. For the last two decades, the Center has played an important role in the Valley of the Sun. Chinese New Year performances and celebrations have educated both tourists and locals about Chinese culture, and the garden and its artifacts are an important example of Chinese workmanship and cultural significance. While the new owner has recognized the historical importance of the Center, and has offered the garden artifacts, we want to save the entire Chinese Cultural Center. It would be impossible to fully disassemble and restore the center's heritage at another location. Conservation of culture and history encourages building strong relationships with the local community to address its needs; preserving the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center will benefit business and long-term development of the area, and maintain an important piece of Arizona's history. Please sign this petition to share your support for preventing the destruction of the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center.

Jennifer Yang
17,457 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Alex Azar

Demand HHS Cover Transportation Costs for Reuniting Separated Migrant Families

Under the Trump Administration's "Zero Tolerance" policy, over 2300 migrant children were forcibly separated from their parents, over a period of six weeks in May and June 2018 and sent to over 100 facilities scattered across the U.S.  Though family separations have now reportedly stopped, according to the Trump Administration, the majority of separated children have not yet been reunited with their parents. As of July 1, 2018, The New York Times reported that an estimated 2000 children still remain separated from their parents and housed in government facilities. ( On June 26, 2018, Judge Dana M. Sabraw, a Federal judge from California (appointed by George W. Bush) "issued a preliminary and nationwide injunction, a fairly rare and drastic measure, telling the government to stop taking migrant children away from their parents 'unless there is a determination that the parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child.' He also ordered the government to return within 30 days all children who had been taken away, and within 14 days if they were under the age of 5." (The Washington Post, However the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), headed by Alex Azar, and the Office of Refuge Resettlement (which is under the oversight of HHS) have publicly stated that they have no system in place to track parents and children who were separated, and they have not released a plan to address when and how family reunifications will take place. According to Bob Carey, the former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (under President Obama):  "A week later, nothing actionable or concrete is known about the action [plan for family reunification] but there do need to be steps taken to streamline the reunification processes....They are now charging parents for the travel of children who are being reunited. That could be waived. I think it’s also unconscionable that you’re charging a parent to be reunited, when the U.S. government has forcibly separated the parent and child." (PBS Newshour, It is this last point this petition addresses. We, the undersigned demand that the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement cover all transportation costs related to reuniting separated migrant children with their parents, and/or transporting these children to other family sponsors in the U.S.  Again, in the words of Bob Carey, former director of the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, "it's also unconscionable that you're charging a parent to be reunited, when the U.S. Government has forcibly separated the parent and child." The New York Times published an article on Sunday, July 1, "Sponsors of Migrant Children Face Steep Transport Fees and Red Tape" ( detailing the financial distress this cost places upon parents who have had their children taken from them, and other family members who want to sponsor a child to come and live with them while their parent is held in detention (or has been deported).  Parents and sponsors have been forced by the U.S. Government to pay transportation costs ranging anywhere from $500 to $2500 in order to see their children again. In many cases children must be kept in Federal shelters and detention centers for days or weeks longer than necessary, while family members struggle to gather the money to pay for transportation, so the child can be released. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government is paying the shelters who contract with them, and average of $600 PER DAY to house a child. Even from a financial standpoint alone, it makes NO SENSE whatsoever for the U.S. Government to charge families to be reunited with their children. Moreover, we know that every day a child spends separated from his or her family, the trauma of the separation worsens. Alex Azar, please make the right decision, morally, for the well-being of the children concerned, and even from a financial standpoint, and IMMEDIATELY begin covering all transportation costs to reunite separated children with their parents or other family sponsors.

Elaine Gruenke
722 supporters