Petition to Scott Mechkowski, Thomas Decker, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Free Jean Montrevil
Hi, I am Jahsiah. I am 14 years old. I am the son of the 49-year old Haitian immigrant Jean Montrevil. He came to the US from Haiti with his twin sister, Rose Montrevil, in 1986, when he was only 17 years old. On January 3rd, 2018, my dad was detained outside of our house on his way to work. Later that day, he was sent to Essex County jail in New Jersey. He remained there for 2 more days. On Friday, he was flown down to Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida where he currently is. He has been struggling with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since 2005 when he was first detained, 13, years ago. In Febuary of 2002, my parents, Jean Montrevil and Jani Cauthen, met. On November 20th, 2003, 9 days after my dad's birthday and 2 days after my mom's, I was born. Even at a young age, I would protest for my father from Jericho Walks in blazing heat to traveling to Washington D.C. with my family so we could meet with government officials. One of my oldest memories is of when news reporters came to interview us at our house and when they asked me how I felt, since I was only 4, I didn't know to feel because I was too young to understand how bad it was. I remember times when our community would come together to prepare for a rally and I would make posters trying my best to do all I could to show how bad everything was. He had to go to annual check-ins with ICE before every check-in I always try to spend as much time as possible with him and try not to think about the fact that it may be the last time I see him. My main goal in life is to do everything he wants me to do and make him proud. That's the main reason I try so hard to get into the best schools possible because he pushes me so hard. he has a community that loves him and a family that NEEDS him. Being deported back to Haiti would mean him losing everything he has worked for. His family, job, and whole life is in the US. If he got deported, he would have to go through a process in which you must be interviewed by the Haitian government and a family member must come and sign you off. Since he has no family in Haiti, he would have to serve jail time in Haiti unless he could somehow pay them. It's sad how they try to make money off of deportees in Haiti. Haitian jails are dangerous and many people have died inside Haitian jails. So please help to release my father from detainment before it is too late because no one should have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one to deportation. I am asking you to help as a son and an immigrant rights activist. If you were me and I was you, wouldn't you want me to help? FREE JEAN NOW! Make sure that families aren't split up due to unfair deportation. Raise awareness to problems with the lack immigrant rights. Reunite a father to his family and his son, me, who wants to let his father watch him as he walks down the stage at graduation after working hard so he can provide his parents everything the could never have as children.
Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States
Help me keep my father from getting deported
This past year has been very hard for my family and I. We have gone through many obstacles that have challenged us and have left us vulnerable. About a week ago, my father was informed that he is at high risk for deportation. With new immigration policies and changes under the Trump administration, he may not be able to renew his work visa. In efforts to prove to the Immigration Court that my father is worthy of staying in this country I have created this petition and I am asking for your help. Here is a little bit of information about my father, Juan Ochoa arrived to the United States from a very poor life in Mexico at the age of seventeen in hopes of creating a better life for his family and for his future. For eighteen years Juan has been a productive member of society. He has worked and contributed to the community in many ways like every other U.S. citizen. Every year he has paid his taxes and he has no sort of criminal record. After a long day of work, Juan always looks forward to spending time with his family and catching up with them at the dinner table. As a U.S. citizen myself, I can assure you that my father is very proud to be a part of this country. At times I feel as if he is more patriotic than I will ever be. This is his country just as much as ours and for years all he has ever wanted is to officially become the U.S. citizen that he has always been. Without my father my family will suffer. Juan has two children with diagnosed and documented disabilities that require medical help and medication. If he were to get deported, his children will not be able to receive not only the proper medical help but also the proper education. Deporting him to Mexico would only leave more people suffering and in poverty. There is no future for our family in Mexico. I am asking you to please take a second of your day and to sign this petition if you agree in hopes of keeping my family together and to prove to the court that my father is worthy. We are not just numbers, we are people too.
Petition to Susan Collins
Encourage Susan Collins to stand behind the DACA kids
The lives of the DACA kids, and the lives of their families, are in danger. The DACA kids are facing possible deportation to a foreign land they've never known as home. Trump's decision to dismantle this program puts 800,000 lives into limbo. DACA allows people who were brought to America as children by their parents to stay in this country on conditions. This opportunity is only available to individuals with no criminal background, and currently either in school, graduated, in the military, a veteran, or working. Around 100 Mainers are DACA recipients, and Senator Susan Collins should feel obligated to protect them. Our class at USM has created this petition to urge her to support a clean DREAM Act that would allow these upstanding Americans to stay in the US.
Petition to Paul LePage
GOVERNOR LEPAGE: PLEASE HELP THE SAINT MARTIN'S STAY TOGETHER.
My name is Mindy Saint Martin, born and raised in the state of Maine. My husband Lexius and I live in Waterville, Maine. In our quiet community, we are raising our two small boys and are happily expecting our third child this spring. Since we were married in 2014, we have build our home and family to uphold the true American values of family, abiding by the law and hardworking. A week after last Christmas, On January 2, 2018 an officer from Immigration and Custom Enforcement took my husband into custody and started a procedure to deport him back to Haiti where he was born. Lexius came to the US with his parents in 1994 at the young age of 11 when his family fled political turmoil in Haiti. 24 years later, Lexius never went back to Haiti and has no immediate relative in that country that had become a foreign land to him. He embraced America as his country and grew up like any of us, making some mistake along the way. Growing up in a impoverished city in South Florida and being raised by new immigrants migrant workers, Lexius got in trouble with the law and eventually was sentenced as a young adult to a prison term for being involved in drug trafficking. The man that was arrested in 2007 is not the same person I fell in love with and married after I met him. He had grown past his troubled years, got a job, complied with all the terms of his probation and kept in contact with immigration. We settled, bought a house and follow the law. Lexius is also the breadwinner of our family. He is a decent family oriented loving husband and God loving man. As our political leaders are trying to reform immigration, this is the tragic story of my family being broken apart as my children are being punished for their father’s past mistakes. Lexius has followed a path that many troubled America’s youth have followed and he came to this country as a child who never understood the full implications of his actions. He did eventually embraced the full American values and turned his life around. Being sent back to Haiti is not a punishment to Lexius. It is a punishment to our family and our young children including our unborn. Lexius is currently being detained without by being any threat to society or a flight risk. My only option to save my family and not ending up on public assistance is for Lexius to be pardoned by our governor. I plea that everyone who has value family and believe in second chances, joins me in petitioning governor LePage for a pardon. Thank you
Petition to Brian Acuna
Jonathan's bro. missing in MX after a shooting. Deportation will leave daughter w/o a dad
Jonathan Mendoza is 18 years old. He was brought to the United States when he was just 8 months old. He has spent the majority of his life as a United States resident. Two years ago, Jonathan welcomed a baby girl into this world, Isabella. At that point, Jonathan dropped out of High School to work full time with his father as a painter to provide for her. Dropping out of high school made Jonathan ineligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Jonathan was okay with that because his daughter needed food, diapers, clothes, and shelter. His plan was to save up enough money and eventually go back to school for his GED. Jonathan's brother, Fernando, was deported in 2016 to Mexico. Four months ago, Fernando was involved in a cartel shooting and has not been seen since, nor has his family heard from him. A report has been filed in Mexico and Jonathan's attorney is working on filing protection paperwork for him. It is evident that if Jonathan is deported, he will have an instant target on his back due to his brother's involvement with the cartels. Out of fear of being deported, Jonathan, a young teen freaked out when he saw police lights behind the vehicle he was driving without a license (unable to get one due to lack of status). The fear of being separated from his daughter made him act irrationally like most American teens. He ran from the police and was eventually caught. Now, Jonathan has been denied bail and is being held by immigration. We understand that people that break laws need to be held accountable. However, the Trump administration's lack of compassion and incompetency to act on a resolution for DREAMers has all of these youth on edge. Jonathan is prepared to pay for this typical teenage behavior but, we ask ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna to allow him to be released on bail so his lawyer can properly file paperwork that will show a deportation will result in death. Jonathan acted as a typical American teenager. His actions do not need to result in the end of his life and the loss of a father of a two-year-old little girl. Please call ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna at (504) 599-7868 and ask him to release Jonathan on bail. Sample Script: "Mr. Acuna, My name is ____________, and I’m calling in regards to the case of Jonathan Mendoza. You have denied bail to this 18-year-old who needs to be released to take care of his two-year-old daughter. His daughter is the reason he dropped out of school and is not currently eligible for DACA. Jonathan's brother was deported and has been missing in Mexico for four months. If you deport Jonathan you are signing his death warrant. Please grant Jonathan's bail so he can work with his attorney to file paperwork to ask for discretion."
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Barbara Lee, Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Libby Schaaf
Urge congress to return ICE deported oncology nurse Maria Mendoza Sanchez to U.S. (S.1763)
Maria Mendoza Sanchez started as a nursing home housekeeper and became a respected oncology nurse serving underprivileged patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. She and her husband have lived in the U.S. over 20 years, raised their 4 children here, bought a house and had been good members of the community with no criminal records. After 15 years of attempting to achieve permanent resident status, on August 17, 2017, ICE deported Maria to Mexico with her husband, Eusebio, a truck driver. Maria was forced to break up her family, leaving her 16-year-old daughter in the U.S. to finish high school in the care of her 23-year-old daughter. Too young to not be in the care of his parents, her 12-year-old son, who is a U.S. citizen and has only ever known California as his home, had to move to Mexico with Maria. 12/21/17 UPDATE: Maria’s 12-year-old son returned to Oakland, CA as he was unable to adjust to life in rural Mexico. He has returned to his family home and the care of his sisters. Heartbreaking. This is a travesty of justice and should never happen in the United States of America. What happened to only deporting criminals? Dianne Feinstein has introduced a Senate Bill, S.1763 and Barbara Lee has introduced a House Bill, H.R.3818, to grant Maria, her husband and oldest daughter permanent residency. Signing this petition shows your support for these bills Maria’s family is very proud and reluctant to ask for help, but these heartless immigration policies have broken up their family and decimated their ability to support this once thriving family of 6. If you can help with a donation to their GoFundMe account, it is desperately needed. Thank you.https://www.gofundme.com/supportmariarn Facebook page (please like): https://www.facebook.com/mariabackhome/
Petition to City of Philadelphia
'Illegal Tacos': Philly welcomes Immigrants, NOT your hate (or your food)
No human being is illegal. Please sign this petition to demonstrate your disapproval with this new restaurant, 'Illegal Tacos' on Broad St and Lombard. The name is offensive to members of our local immigrant community in Philadelphia and demonstrates a moral disregard for decency. A recent article detailed the opening and some remarks from the owner: [“I wanted to come up with a name that’s catchy,” said Furxhiu, 32, who emigrated from Albania in 2000. “Some people may be offended, but really, I’m an immigrant, too.” He paused and added: “I know it’s risky.” Alternatively, Furxhiu also extends the meaning to the food — “so authentic, it’s illegal.” Furxhiu, who dabbles in real estate and owns a South Philadelphia coffee shop/social club frequented primarily by Albanian emigres, said he was going to open a cheesesteak eatery at the location “but the Mexican idea popped into my head because there are none” in the immediate area.]
Petition to Jim McGovern
Renew TPS for El Salvadoran Immigrants
El Salvadoran immigrants that are here legally don't deserve to get deported just because they aren't citizens. Please sign my petition to help them stay here legally. To be sent to a representative.