Petition to South Orange Board of Trustees
Make South Orange a Sanctuary City!
Stand Up for Immigrants!
Dear South Orange Board of Trustees: Protect ALL Immigrants and Declare South Orange a Sanctuary City! #SouthOrangeSanctuary Immigrants, especially those who are Muslim and those who are undocumented, are under attack. It is time to declare America’s cities, towns and villages sanctuaries of safety. Our local government and police force should not do the work of carrying out immoral and unconstitutional federal policies. State and local governments may not be commandeered by federal agencies for unlawful purposes. We stand in solidarity with our immigrant communities - both documented and undocumented - and urge the South Orange Board of Trustees to DECLARE the Township of South Orange Village, New Jersey a SANCTUARY CITY. We encourage our Village leadership to commit to doing everything in their power to create and maintain sanctuary status and protect our residents, both documented and undocumented. Donald Trump has stated that he will begin deporting millions of immigrants. He stated that in the first 100 days in office he would cancel DACA, a program that provides undocumented youth with work permits and protection from deportation. Executive orders now ban many immigrants, including refugees, from travelling to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim nations. Additionally, the federal government threatened to pull out of NAFTA, which leaves numerous community members here on TN visas unsure of whether they will be able to renew their current visas. These actions and statements combine to create a climate of fear where the forces of hatred, ignorance, and Islamophobia gain ground. We can help to change the tide and ensure the safety and security of our immigrant communities by making a strong statement at a local level. As a Sanctuary City**, South Orange will commit to restricting local police from turning immigrants over to federal immigration agents and will declare in no uncertain terms that IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE. South Orange will also ensure that no benefit or service (including but not limited to the use of parks, libraries, and other recreational facilities) will ever be denied on the basis of citizenship status, immigration status, race, religion, or national origin. Without these protections, immigrants are left vulnerable to racial profiling, detention and deportation. Law enforcement itself is grossly impeded when persons are afraid to turn to their government for help. We salute the mayors of cities like Newark, Maplewood, East Orange, Jersey City, Princeton, New York City, and hundreds more who have been quick to stand in solidarity with their immigrant communities and pass similar legislation. We have the power to make our town safe and secure and welcoming for all! No Hate! No Fear! Immigrants are Welcome Here! ---------------- SOMA ACTION (www.SOMAAction.org is a group of friends and neighbors in South Orange and Maplewood who share an interest in resistance to the Trump Agenda and the broader right-wing agenda for the United States. We have grown quickly to over 550 members. We are committed to working together at a local level to mobilize rapidly against the threats that the Trump administration poses to our democracy. ---------------- **Sanctuary cities and towns serve as safe havens by protecting both documented and undocumented immigrants from unwarranted police interrogation and deportation by federal agents. The sanctuary movement began in the 1980s, gaining popularity when unfair federal immigration policies began targeting and deporting immigrants arrested for minor, nonviolent crimes. By limiting the interaction between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and local law enforcement, sanctuary cities prevent thousands of people from being removed from their homes and deported each year. The policies also effectively improve community safety by encouraging communication between undocumented immigrants and local law enforcement. Providing security enables undocumented immigrants to report crime and serve as witnesses in court. Notably, sanctuary cities do not prevent ICE officials from deporting violent offenders. https://www.change.org/p/defend-new-haven-s-status-as-a-sanctuary-city
Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Secrurity, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Urgent: Stop Deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, husband & father of 3 U.S. citizens
We have less than two weeks to stop the deportation of Francisco Javier Gonzalez, the father and SOLE breadwinner for 3 U.S. citizen children and his U.S. citizen wife – who desperately need him to stay in the United States. Sign this petition to stop Francisco from being taken away from his family on October 3rd. Francisco Javier Gonzalez could be deported back to Mexico as soon as October 3, 2017. Francisco came to the United States when he was only 15 in February of 1997. He was alone in this country and worked hard to get an education, graduating from high school and continuing his education in college. Francisco was unable to graduate from college because at the time they required a valid state identification which Francisco was unable to obtain due to his lack of legal status in the United States. Despite this setback, he worked hard and succeeded in the United States. Francisco speaks perfect English and has NO CRIMINAL HISTORY IN THE US or any other country in the world. He obtained his education, works hard, pays his taxes and lives an exemplary life abiding by all US laws. Francisco has never been back to his native country Mexico since his last arrival in January of 2002. He has made the United States of America his home and is now a loving husband and father to three beautiful daughters in Florida. Sign this petition now to stop Francisco’s from being deported on October 3rd. Francisco met his wife in 2005 while both were working in a restaurant in Palm Beach, Florida. They fell in love and were married in 2006. Eleven years later, their love continues to grow. They have three amazing daughters together, ages 10, 7, and 5. The girls’ futures will be seriously compromised if he is removed. Were they to remain in the U.S. without their father, the girls would suffer extreme emotional and psychological damage from the breakup of their solid family dynamic and the absence of their hero—their father. Francisco has been and continues to be a key player in the success of his employer. He manages a prestigious restaurant in Palm Beach, FL. Through his hard work and dedication, the business has grown to three times its size from when Francisco took over. Francisco is loved and respected by everyone, he has made many friends and many of the usual customers have formed bonds and relationships with Francisco and his family. Francisco is a person of good moral character who deserves a chance to present his immigration case before Immigration Court with a council. He attends church every Sunday and is very involved in his community. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Sign the petition to respectfully request that Mr. Francisco Javier Gonzalez’s deportation be stopped, according to the new guidelines for prosecutorial discretion. Then, please take a few minutes to call: Vladimir Diaz, DHS/ICE Public Affairs Officer: (954) 236-4909. Honorable Representative Lois Frankel: Toll Free (866) 264-0957 Frankel’s Washington, DC Office – (202) 225-9890 Frankel’s Boca Raton, FL Office – (561) 998-9045/Fax: (561) 998-9048 Bill Nelson, FL Senator - (202) 224-5274 Say: "I am calling to ask that Francisco Javier Gonzalez deportation be stopped, and that he be granted discretion and a stay of deportation. His A number is 078-994-383. Thank you."
Petition to University of Delaware, President Dennis Assanis
No Blue Hen Is Illegal
In light of recent executive orders that have put millions of undocumented immigrants at risk, and in light of the recent spike in hate speech and crimes on college campuses targeting immigrants, it is clearly imperative that the University of Delaware meaningfully address the specific challenges faced by, undocumented/DACA students and other vulnerable immigrant students. Thus, we students, faculty, staff, retirees, community members, and alumni urge you to review this petition and provide a public written response that specifically addresses each of the ten requests enumerated below. Here are our ten requests: 1. Hire an Undocumented Student Coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent, and protect undocumented/DACA students. The University of Maryland has recently announced the establishment of such a position, and the University of Delaware would do well to follow UM’s example so that someone with expertise can, on an ongoing basis, work within the University of Delaware administration to help provide security and equal educational opportunities for undocumented/DACA students. Undocumented/DACA students at UD often don’t know who to turn to, and an Undocumented Student Coordinator would solve that problem. 2. Establish and encourage local police policies that will ensure that: (a) all immigrant members of the community receive the same level of police protection that others receive, and (b) there exists a formal procedure for working with Undocumented/DACA students when they have been the victims of a crime and are filing a U Nonimmigrant Visa. In order for police to be effective, they need to have the cooperation of members of the community — regardless of immigration status. Where people are fearful of deportation, they are less likely to report crimes and cooperate with police. The New Castle County Police Department works closely with Victim Services to facilitate the U-Visa application process between law enforcement officials and the legal advocates of Undocumented victims of crime, which has created a sense of support within the undocumented communities interacting with law enforcement. Thus, for the sake of the safety of its undocumented/DACA students, the University should formally establish and announce the following policy (or a similar one) for the University of Delaware campus police, and consult with Newark city officials to encourage the establishment of the same policy for the Newark Police Department: All community members are encouraged to seek and obtain police assistance and protection, regardless of their specific immigration and/or documentation status. The enforcement of the nation’s civil immigration laws are the primary responsibility of the federal government and the University of Delaware Campus Police/Newark Police Department does not undertake immigration-related investigations and does not inquire into the specific immigration status of any person encountered during police operations.add citation 3. Provide sensitivity/diversity training to faculty and staff pertaining to undocumented/DACA students. Currently, diversity training at the University of Delaware does not specifically address the unique circumstances of undocumented/DACA students. Often, staff and faculty do not even know what being a DACA student means, which hinders the extent to which students can communicate with their professors about their needs in class. 4. Ensure that undocumented/DACA students have the same opportunities for admission and financial aid that other students have and that their access to academic programs within the University is not unreasonably limited by their citizenship status. The University should formally establish admission and financial aid policies that do not discriminate against undocumented/DACA students, and commit to ensuring that any financial awards given to such students are not withdrawn (e.g. by continuing to provide in-state resident tuition to DACA students who have qualified previously even if their DACA status is cancelled). The University should seek to provide greater equality for undocumented/DACA students by effectively communicating and establishing procedures to help them apply for, and understand the process of applying for, financial aid. This is necessary due to the difficulties and unique barriers undocumented/DACA students currently face when they seek financial aid. (For example, the policy requiring students to show proof of rejection is flawed and should be eliminated.) Certain academic programs and majors require the completion of internships or research, however, many of these programs ask for citizenship in order to apply. A thorough review of such policies is needed in order to determine what citizenship requirements are fundamental and which are unfounded and able to be amended. 5. Ensure an adequate process exists for directing undocumented/DACA students to on campus emergency housing, and allowing them to remain within campus boundaries, during situations of heightened threats of immigration enforcement. This includes providing undocumented/DACA students with the opportunity to use interim housing options in case of a heightened threat or potentially hostile situation. 6. Establish transparent campus-wide policies that define how the University would respond should U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) request information or assistance from the University, or should ICE officers appear at the University. 7. Provide culturally competent psychological counseling services for undocumented/DACA students and communicate the availability of such services to students. Fund a cluster diversity hire of counselors that can meet the needs of undocumented students, immigrant students, students of color, and LGBTQ identified students. 8. Reaffirm the University’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing hate speech, violence, or threats of violence directed at immigrant, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ students, and by informing the campus of existing resources for reporting and responding to identity-based hate incidents. 9. Give undocumented/DACA students the ability to opt out of attending the International Student Orientation and the choice to attend the orientation for domestic students instead. 10. Establish transparent policies that ensure that the University would provide help, such as legal services or emergency funds, should an immigrant student face detention or deportation proceedings. ************** In alignment with University of Delaware’s Statement of Responsibility to “respect every human being,” we the undersigned students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Delaware call upon you, President Assanis, and the University of Delaware, to fulfill these ten requests. We do so as an expression of our commitment to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of undocumented/DACA students and their families. By moving to serve the immediate and long-term needs of our undocumented and DACA community members, we can foster a welcoming community for all of its members, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexuality, ability, or immigration status, and in accordance with the University of Delaware’s mission.
Petition to Gwen Keyes Fleming
Bring Kenault Home!
Kenault Lawrence is the husband of a Virginia-born U.S. citizen named Melissa and father to their three year old boy, Devario. Kenault came to the United States as a green card holder when he was only 11 years old. He was the undefeated wrestling champion of the high school where he and Melissa became sweethearts. Melissa describes Kenault as “the best man” she knows. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Kenault to Jamaica in 2013 on the basis of non-violent marijuana-related criminal convictions, leaving Melissa as a single mother forced to rely for the first time in her life on government subsidies. Several months after Kenault was deported, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision strictly limiting the type of marijuana-related offenses that may be considered “aggravated felonies.” We know now that Kenault’s convictions were wrongly classified, denying him the opportunity to ask for a second chance to stay in the United States. Kenault has filed a motion asking for his case to be reopened, which would give him the limited opportunity to return to the United States and present his case to an Immigration Judge. ICE has vigorously opposed this request. Read about Kenault's unjust deportation in USA Today. We believe Devario should have a chance to grow up with the father who loves him. Join us in urging ICE to withdraw its opposition to Kenault's motion to reopen his removal proceedings. Urge ICE to bring Kenault home!
Petition to Gregg Harper, Bennie Thompson, Steven Palazzo, Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran
Dawgs for DREAMers
We, Mississippi State University students, urge our senators and representatives to work on a bipartisan immigration reform bill that offers protections for former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. If lawmakers do not act quickly, nearly 900,000 immigrants will be at immediate risk of deportation. We stand with those who have come to the United States seeking safety, education, and a bright future.
Petition to Kyle Riggs, Bryce Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Ken Richarson, Cheryl A. Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner, Christine Larsen, Andrea Valderrama, Frieda Christopher
Demand the resignation of Bryce Anderson from the David Douglas School Board
Links to Bryce Anderson's anti-immigrant comment and full audio from the Inclusion Resolution vote at the David Douglas School Board meeting 3.9.2017:Clip of Bryce Anderson's statement with transcript Full Audio Demand Bryce Anderson's immediate resignation and the board's formal denouncement of his comment. His comment likening undocumented immigrants to murderers is clear evidence of discrimination toward immigrant students and is a direct affront to the David Douglas mission statement and the Inclusion Resolution.At the February school board meeting, school board member Andrea Valderrama presented to the board a draft Inclusion resolution. The resolution was similar to that of other school districts and cities, responding to increased fear to ICE, registries and hate crimes in our schools. It stated the existing polices protecting students and added that school funds will not be used to aid ICE and that staff and faculty will be trained in how to respond to federal immigration, how they will support kids whose parents are taken and so on. Really, a no-brainer. The inclusion resolution was met with apathy and significant pushback and some outright hostility from the other board members. Thankfully, knowing that people had attended specifically for this issue, the chair Kyle Riggs opened up the floor for input. A handful of concerned parents, staff and community members offered strong support for the resolution and countered the anti-immigrant comments from board member Donn Gardner. Following that, the board agreed to work with Andrea over the next month to develop a resolution they could all support and the final vote was scheduled for the March school board meeting. The conference room was overflowing at the March 9th school board meeting. It's been estimated that 100 people were in attendance whereas these meetings usually draw 5-10. Approximately, 40 people testified, only 1 not fully in support. Community members, staff, teachers, parents and students talked about why this resolution is so important. Because of the format, the vote did not happen until near the end of this meeting at 11:30 pm - which meant that few people were still around to hear the outcome. It was immediately clear that the vote would not be unanimous and that no amount of editing was going to change the 3 dissenting member's votes (Cheryl Scarcelli Ancheta, Donn Gardner & Bryce Anderson). All three talked about respecting the constitution and that fears of ICE were unfounded - pretty typical of the comments from last meeting.The 3 dissenting Board members used "process" as an excuse throughout the discussion yet were clearly opposed to putting any kind of resolution forward from the beginning, and really threw Andrea Valderrama under the bus that night. Then, at the end of the debate and pretty much out of no where, Bryce Anderson added something unrelated to education, likening undocumented immigrants to murderers. At that, the room when into audible outrage and visible shock. Chairman, Kyle Riggs, then slammed his gavel, shushing and admonishing the audience. No one on the entire board challenged Bryce's bigoted comments. The vote was then taken passing 4 to 3. A bitter, hard fought victory for the community. The following morning a request was made and promptly fulfilled by Superintendent Ken Richardson's office for the audio recording. Since then, I have filed a formal AC-AR discrimination compliant form against Bryce Anderson - directly with the board chair and have begun petitioning the board to ask Anderson for his resignation AND that they formally denounce his comment. It is my opinion that the Board members who made personal statements about undocumented immigrant children and their parents are not working for everyone in our district and are violating local, state, and federal law in protecting all kids. I need help in elevating this story. I need people to know what's going on out here in David Douglas School District. When we cannot count on our school board to support ALL children, they need to go. We cannot make progress with leaders like Bryce Anderson. Leaders who make no effort to hide their racism and anti-immigrant bigotry. Please sign and share and attend the next meeting board meeting April 13th @ 7pm in the David Douglas High School conference room 1500 SE 130th ave Portland, Oregon 97233
Petition to Blake Farenthold, Will Hurd, Kevin Brady, Greg Abbott, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator John Cornyn
Suspend Immigration Checkpoints during Hurricane Harvey and its Aftermath!
Please demand that Border Patrol and ICE suspend immigration checkpoints in South Texas during Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. With 130 mile-per-hour winds and ten-foot storm surges, a category 4 hurricane can kill people. Catastrophic flooding will leave tens of thousands of people stranded without shelter. Everyone in the storm's shadow should be able to flee to safety. Undocumented immigrants should not have to chose between arrest and drowning, between deportation and death. In the history of America, the Border Control has never before kept checkpoints open during natural disasters. Let us preserve our humanity in the face of this storm and all the storms faced by our nation. Checkpoints and immigration enforcement operations in South Texas must be suspended. Don't allow Harvey to take even one life that could have been saved by your compassion.
Petition to To the free and democratic governments of the world
Request for annulling PR of Iranian Refugees Who Travel to Iran
Request for annulling PR of Iranian Refugees Who Travel to Iran To the free and democratic governments of the world We, undersigned, are a group of Iranian people who had sought asylum and reside in your country because of our lives being threatened by Islamic Republic regime of Iran and also the suppressed people inside the country, while supporting the decision of Canadian government to annul permanent resident of former refugees who were granted asylum in Canada and later returned to the country where they claimed face persecution, we ask you to take the same decision for those Iranian fake refugees who travel to Iran after being citizen of your country. The governments of the world must be aware those kind of refugees who enter their country with lie and are able to travel to Iran again with no problem, could be Iranian regime's elements who act against your national security by spying and doing subversive actions in your country and also against other real Iranian refugees whose lives are threatened by Iranian regime. Or they are opportunists, using your free services for real refugees and making economical loss. They also damage your culture by bringing the fraud and lie into your country. Sincerely,Undersigned در خواست لغو پناهندگی ایرانی هایی که به ایران سفر می کنند به دولتهای آزاد و دموکراتیک جهان ما گروهی از ایرانیان که بخاطر در خطربودن جانمان توسط دولت جمهوری اسلامی ایران به کشورهای شما پناه آورده ایم و همچنین ایرانیان درون مرز که تحت ستم جمهوری اسلامی ایران هستیم ضمن حمایت از "دولت کانادا " در باب باطل نمودن اقامت پناهندگان تقلبی از شما ، از دولت های دنیا نیز می خواهیم که تصمیم مشابه برای ایرانیان پناهنده دروغین که پس از گرفتن اقامت در کشور شما، مجددا به ایران سفر می کنند، اتخاذ نمایید. دولتهای جهان باید آگاه باشند که افرادی که این چنین به دروغ وارد کشورهای دموکرات دنیا شده و مجددا قادر هستند به ایران سفر کنند، یا از عوامل جمهوری اسلامی هستند که امنیت ملی شما را به خطر می اندازند و اقدام به کارهای جاسوسی و خرابکارانه علیه کشور شما و ایرانیان که واقعا جانشان در خطر است می کنند و یا افرادی فرصت طلب هستند که از خدمات رایگان برای پناهندگان واقعی سو استفاده کرده و موجب ضرر و زیان های اقتصادی و فرهنگی در کشور شما شده و اصل تقلب و دروغ را به کشورهای شما وارد می کنند. با احترام،امضاء کنندگان ذیل