immigrant rights

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

Stop the Border Wall

We ask our government officials to end the declaration of a national emergency on the border.  We ask that the government order all border wall construction be suspended. The proposed border wall is a colossal waste of money and a monument to hate which will destroy fragile ecosystems created by the river and threaten our only water supply, the Rio Grande—an already endangered river. The federal government has threatened our community with lawsuits, the taking of public and private lands, the suspension of public input, and the waiving of dozens of federal laws–unlike any other region in the United States–to build a destructive wall to satisfy a political promise made to the far right fringes in our country.  They are telling us that our people aren’t worthy enough to be afforded the same statutory protections under federal laws, as any other region in the United States – because we are somehow less important and our voice is less urgent than one man’s presidential aspirations and marketing schemes. The 21 billion dollar price tag could be better spent on hiring more agents and incorporating technology than a wall.  Keep in mind the American taxpayer is footing the bill! Stand with us to oppose the border wall, the desecration of our river, the taking of our lands, the erasure of our history.   Please sign now to show our politicians that we do not need or want a border wall here or anywhere else on our border.  We are not in a state of emergency. The only emergency here is the government destroying what is ours.

No Border Wall Coalition
426 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Beto O'Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Veronica Escobar, Joaquín Castro, Judy Chu, Pete Aguilar, Norma J. Torres, Sylvia R. Garcia, Lori Trahan, Cory A. Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee

Equal Rights for All Workers to Organize- End the Criminalization of Undocumented Workers

LA PETICION EN ESPAÑOL AQUÍ It is clear that Trump's recent calls for raids and deportations is NOT for the purpose of simply controlling immigration in this country. It is for the purpose of scaring immigrant workers to submit to silence, to pit working people against each other so that we do not come together to fight! Trump's calls for ICE raids in our communities and the humanitarian crisis at the border are the latest episodes of the government's long-standing criminalization of undocumented immigrants. For three decades, the federal government has maintained undocumented working families as an underclass in our society with no rights to speak out against their exploitation at work and in their communities. Having an underclass of workers allows employers to keep documented and citizen workers working longer hours, at lower wages, under increasingly unsafe and unhealthy work conditions. It also gives employers a wedge they can use to divide and suppress all workers. The law that criminalizes undocumented workers for working is the employer sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. This law has been key to driving down the working and living conditions of all working people, creating divisions and hate between our communities, and undermining our ability to come together to assert their collective power. It is the foundation of the rash of regressive, anti-immigrant measures we are seeing today.  While we are calling for the end to the  raids and the humanitarian crisis at the border, it is not enough to merely fight against the symptoms of the repressive provisions of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. No immigration or labor reform will be truly comprehensive without ensuring equal rights for ALL workers and  repealing the employer sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. To repeal employer sanctions would signify eradicating the law’s most profound effect- the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and the maintenance of undocumented working families as an underclass, and the perpetuation of hardship for all workers.  We are calling upon our congressmembers and presidential candidates to: 1. End the inhumane detention of immigrant families 2. Legislate equal rights for all workers to organize and unionize by: Protecting the rights of all workers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), regardless of immigration status; protecting all workers from firing due to union/ organizing activities; protecting workers from harassment and retaliation, such as calling for deportation as a result of organizing 3. Fight the criminalization of undocumented workers by repealing the employers’ sanctions provision of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act 4. Initiate a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants working in the U.S. For more information or to join, go to:  Current Organizational Sponsors of the Break the Chains Alliance: El Pueblo Primero Community Workers Organization (TX), Reverend Ronnie Lister (TX), Reverend Edward Gomez of San Pablo Episcopal Church (TX) Asociacion de Trabajadores Fronterizos (TX), Council on American-Islamic Relations (TX), Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association (NY), National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NY), Flushing Workers Center (NY), Working People Lead Tulsa (OK) 

Break the Chains Alliance
81 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, Donald J. Trump

Stop Removal of a 70 year old Yemeni citizen who has lived in the US for 35 years

We need your help. Fathi Saleh Alyafai is a 70 year old man of Yemeni citizenship. He has been living in America since March of 1985. He has never left the United States in 35 years. He has repeatedly been denied status or a green card, due to having overstayed his F-1 visa, due to fear of returning back to Yemen a country that was embroiled in a war. He was granted temporary 2 year TPS (temporary protected status). When he went for a green card interview, yet again he was denied, for what reason we do not know. Mr. Alyafai is a family man and has been a law-abiding citizen for all 35 years.  Mr. Alyafai has type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, all of which are exacerbated by his ongoing INS dilemma and repeated denials. He is  being treated with medications that he most certainly would not be able to get in a country like Yemen. He also has had two umbilical hernial repairs for a strangulated hernia. We are asking you to please help us ask the ICE/INS to grant this 70 year old gentleman *political asylum* so that he may continue to live in a country where he has worked and contributed as a tax payer. Sending him back to Yemen will result in a certain death. Not only for lack of proper medical care, but also due to his age and the suspicion of having lived in the United States for so long. Mr. Alyafai loves America and all it stands for. He considers America his country and beloved home, and would protect it in any way. Yemen is embroiled in a devastating civil war and sending a 70 year old elderly man back to a country with no sound infrastructure and more than half of its residents under the age of 30 not only would be complete culture shock but would amount to sending him to a certain death, from warring factions, particularly now with all the unrest with the current destabilization in the Middle East. Please help him. Sign this petition so he may remain a part of the American dream, a country he loves deeply.  Thank you.

Christine Love
1,239 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Massachusetts State House, Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Senate

Massachusetts In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

This past year, I have been given the opportunity to serve as an intern in a suburban Massachusetts High School Guidance Department. Many of the students I have had the privilege of working with, happen to be undocumented and have ended up in their current situation by way of being brought to this country at a young age. Fortunately, due to current legislation these students are able to receive a free public school K-12 education. Until the time they graduate high school, these students are given the same opportunity to succeed as any other student is. However, once these students graduate, the access to higher education is limited due to financial barriers.  On a federal level, these students are not eligible for financial aid. However, states have the freedom to help provide financial assistance to help create the access to the opportunity of a higher education to these students. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia currently have legislation that grants unauthorized immigrant students in-state tuition. The stipulations of much of this legislation is that the student have attended a school in the state in which they reside for a certain number of years (typically at least 2-3 years), have graduated from high school, and have agreed to apply for citizenship when eligible. Currently in Massachusetts, these students are not eligible for any state-based or in-state tuition access at state funded institutions of higher education and community colleges. Instead, they are considered international students. The reality, many of these students have resided in this state for much of their lives, have been educated in our schools, and have graduated from our high schools. However, because of their immigration status, they are not eligible to pay what a US born student who has lived in this state for the exact same amount of time would pay.  As a point of reference, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (a state funded institution) charges Massachusetts students $14,358 in tuition. However, an undocumented student that is considered an international student would pay $30,623 in tuition. That is a difference of $16,265 per academic year. For Middlesex Community College, the in-state cost per credit is $252, while the international rate for undocumented students is $505 per credit. Typically a full credit load is 12 credits, meaning in-state would cost a student $3,024 and international $6,060. Resulting in a difference of $3,036. So, undocumented students that have lived in the state of Massachusetts for a majority of their lives and have been educated in our public school systems are expected to pay more than double what most other students would have to pay to access higher education.  The states that have currently enacted tuition equity legislation have reported that the cost to implement such plans is minimal. It is important for us to consider that in-state tuition is not free tuition. Yes, it is a discounted tuition, but it provides the opportunity for more students to achieve a higher education while simultaneously generating more revenue into our Massachusetts public higher education institutions and community colleges. According to The Migration Policy Institute, there are about 173,000 undocumented individuals in Massachusetts. Lets say 0.5% (approximately 865 people) of those individuals decided to attend Salem State and were given the access to the in-state tuition rate of $11,284, that would be an additional $9,760,660 in revenue being generated into Salem State.  Currently, federal law does not prohibit states from providing in-state tuition to undocumented students. Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996 actually states that undocumented students "shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State for any post-secondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident." Since Massachusetts currently allows US born students in-state tuition, there is no law preventing the state from allowing undocumented immigrants in-state tuition. Therefore, I believe Massachusetts needs to follow suit with the sixteen other states and the District of Columbia to invest in our students and to invest in the future of this state. I believe that ensuring our youth are educated greatly intersects with many facets of our future as a state, including our economic future. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the number of retirees will continue to rise. We not only will need to fill these positions with educated individuals, but these individual's tax contributions can help bring in employees to the state of Massachusetts.   The bottom line is, I never want to have to tell another student that is high achieving, has lived in Massachusetts for much of their life, who considers this state to be their home, and who has graduated from high school with high honors, that they do not have the access to a higher education simply because of their immigration status. If you are with me, I hope that you consider signing this petition to let the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Government know that we can do better for all of us. 

Dylan Scott
139 supporters