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immigrant rights

365 petitions

Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Grant Jeanette Vizguerra a Stay of Removal to continue waiting for her visa in the U.S.

Jeanette Vizguerra is a Colorado community activist and leader who is facing deportation and removal back to Mexico. Jeanette has led the fight against her own deportation now since 2009. She previously sought refuge at a Denver church rather than expose her family to the dangers of Trump’s immigration agents. In 2017, Jeanette was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people for standing up against the oppressive immigration system that sought to separate her from her children. Mother of four children, and grandmother of three, Jeanette has taken her fight as visible and vocal as her resistance for herself and others. She is the pillar of the family; her children and grandchildren are the motivation in her life. She provides security and confidence in their young lives and wants to continue to protect them. Jeanette has given a large part of her time to advocate for her community. She has worked for SEIU as a labor organizer and volunteered with her children’s schools, the Aurora Neighborhood Watch Program, Rights for All People, the American Friends Service Committee, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, National Domestic Worker’s Association, We Belong together, as well as founded several organizations like Dreamer’s Mothers in Action-Colorado, Abolish ICE Denver, Denver County Sanctuary Coalition, and more. Jeanette has worked tirelessly to build her community in Colorado and has inspired many with her courage, passion and compassion. Jeanette exemplifies the brutality of our immigration system that is unjustly separating families and denying many the ability to live with dignity. Although Jeanette has received support from many of Colorado’s political leaders like Representative Michael Bennet, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Councilman Paul Lopez, Mayor Michael Hancock, and many more, Immigration continues to target her for speaking out against them. Currently Jeanette is seeking deportation relief through a special visa for being the victim of certain violent crimes. Although she meets the merits to receive the visa, she is currently on the waitlist amongst 140,000 petitions; all while only 10,000 visas are awarded each year. Jeanette continues to seek her community’s support to show the oppressive Immigration system that we are all people and deserve respect and dignity. Please consider signing this petition for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to grant her Stay of Removal and approve her visa petition.

Bernabe Soto Ramirez
7,095 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Bill Haslam, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pete King, Norma J. Torres, Albio Sires, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Bernie Sanders

Operation Release Miguel Castro Alvarez, from Immigration Detention

Miguel Angel Castro is a loyal, caring husband and the stepfather to his four stepchildren. He lives in East Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains, where they call there home, two cats and there dog sandy.  He is a committed hard working man that is full of pride and love for his family, and also his friends. Miguel is a partner of a small contracting company that him and his wife Christina run in East Tennessee.  Miguel came to the United States from Bolivia in 1996  with his passport on a student visa, and then he applied for his Immigrant petition. The Application for Citizenship had been a long processing and had fell through the cracks of United States Immigration Services, although his I-130 had been approved.   Miguel has a love for music and is something he is very passionate about, he was traveling around the U.S as a musician while being in school in New York City, studying Music and English as his Major and also taking classes in Web Design.  Just over Mothers Day weekend Miguel had been taken by United States Customs and Border Control. While traveling home on a greyhound bus with his wife Christina. She just had a successful surgery in hopes that they could have children. Christina had the surgery on Thursday May 9th, 2019. Miguel was taken away on Sunday May 12th, 2019. It was a horrifying tragic shock to them both, he had proof of his valid passport and valid photo ID. Border control wanted documentation that was in there home in Tennessee. Miguel expressed to the border control he did not know he needed proof riding on a bus home from California from his wife's surgery. Miguel was then detained in an Immigration holding center in Serra Blanca, Texas.  Miguel Castro is a husband, stepdad, and great friend to many living here in the United States. He has lived here since he was 21 years old. Miguel is 43 years old now. Miguel has never been in any trouble in the United States, just working hard to take care of his family and making memories with his friends and his family that he loves. Miguel is seeking to remain in the United States with his loving wife and his step children. To continue with the hopes and dreams with his wife in the United States and raise there family.  We respectfully, ask DHS/ICE to please release Miguel Angel Castro on his own recognizance or on bond for the remainder of his immigration proceedings. Christina just had surgery, and is trying run there contracting company. Christina is also employed with a hotel in Knoxville,Tennessee. It is taking everything to make ends meet for there family.  Christina is also enrolled full time in a university and raising her children. She desperately needs Miguel's support at home.  This is the letter from his wife from her go fund me page,  https://www.facebook.com/donate/428801217951534/?fundraiser_source=external_url  Hello, I am kindly asking that you take the time to read or story. My husband, Miguel Castro, and I traveled to California so that I could have surgery that could not be performed in Knoxville Tennessee where I live. Due to the surgery I was not able to fly back home to Knoxville, TN, to prevent complications we had no other choice than to take Grey hound bus services as our transportation. We on our way home near El Paso, Texas my husband Miguel was taken away from me. Miguel then was detained by United States Border Patrol. After a week of being locked in a very small holding room with several other men in extremely bad conditions, he was transferred to West Texas Detention Facility. that is still where he is. Now he is placed with around 90 men, sadly only one bathroom and there is no privacy for anyone. The inmates there suffer greatly because the conditions of the facility. The water there is very bad and contaminated. They receive harsh treatment from the Ice Officers. Miguel is currently waiting for his documents from the U.S government. ( He was taken away from me because of his Indigenous features under suspicion that he was illegally in this country.) The border control did not care about any specifics of his identity or proof that we have in Tennessee. Miguel has never been in any trouble on the United States or in any other country. I was forced to leave him in the middle of Texas, border control would not even let me tell him goodbye. For those of you who know my husband Miguel he is the most kind heart, gentle and caring person who would do anything for anyone. He is my best friend and I simply adore the man he is. Miguel is also an amazing father figure to my children. He is always wanting them to become everything they can be, while being there friend as well. I am a survivor of domestic violence and since the termination of that relationship Miguel has helped me to understand life in a way no one else has. I am kindly and humbly asking for the support of our friends, family or compassionate strangers to help me bring my husband back home as soon as possible! No person or human being deserves to be locked in an Ice Facility. Being in United States Immigration Detention we are required to pay alot of fees. There is the cost of the immigration lawyers $2,000 - $5000. The cost to send Miguel money so he can make phone calls to his lawyer and to get small essential things he needs while being incarcerated. Then there is the upcoming cost of Miguel getting a bond for release that is going to cost an additional $15,000 Then there is additional court fees and cost that we will have to pay to the Immigration Services for Miguel's case and we already know he is going to have to pay a large fine. I'm asking for help for Miguel. Even a small donation will help to bring Miguel back and your generosity will always be deeply appreciated.    

Christina Castro
1,943 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kyle McCarter, U.S. Department of State, Carl Risch

Grant a Visa to Pastor Michael

Since November 2017, Kenyan pastor Michael Omondi has been stuck in the Department of State's "Administrative Processing" for a visa to come to the US.  As the spouse and soon-to-be-father of American citizens, he wants to be able to visit the US with his family! Ndoto (www.ndoto.org) is a faith-based mission organization whose mission is to Educate, Disciple, and Develop at-risk people in western Kenya.  Founder and Executive Director Allison Schlack has been working in Kenya since 2003 and living there since 2011.  In that time, Ndoto has sponsored more than 450 students to schools from kindergarten through university, launched a thriving church, and started several businesses to create jobs.  Michael Omondi has been part of the ministry for more than a decade, as a student in Bible college, as a staff member, and as the lead pastor of Ndoto Community Church. In April 2018, after a long relationship, Allison and Michael were married in Kenya and nearly two dozen people traveled to be with them on their big day.  They are expecting their first child in May 2019. In 2017, they started the process with the US Embassy in Nairobi to apply for a B1/B2 "tourist" visa so that Michael would be able to visit the United States with Allison.  He has never been to the US, although he has been to several other countries with Allison.  This visa would allow him to meet the rest of Allison's family, see her home, and be part of Ndoto's ministry and fundraising in the US.  Perhaps most importantly, it would allow them to be legally married in the US and for him to travel with Allison and their child when they come to the US. Neither Allison nor Michael want to permanently move to the US.  Michael could apply for a green card to immigrate as the spouse of an American citizen, but he is the sole pastor of a thriving church and Allison directs the Kenyan operations of Ndoto's work.  Michael only wants to be able to visit. On November 13, 2017, Michael had his visa appointment in Nairobi and received approval.  However, within days, his application was moved to "Administrative Processing" which is supposed to take 60-90 days.  It has now been well over a year.  Michael has no criminal history, has a bachelor's degree, and is gainfully employed.  He has purchased land for his mother, takes care of his grandmother, and supports his sister and nephew. Everyone from employees at the State Department in DC to various Embassies' employees to the staff of a US Senator have said that this case is highly unusual but there is nothing that they can do.  Only the staff at the State Department in Washington D.C. can finally issue this visa. We are asking for Pastor Michael to receive his visa!

John Seale
1,460 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Thomas Giles

ALLOW YESENIA AND OMAR’S FAMILY ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES!

ALLOW THE FAMILY OF YESENIA AND OMAR CAMACHO TO STAY IN THE UNITED STATES! NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION! Teachers, parents, students, and the community of Santa Ana, California demand that the ICE Field Director of the Los Angeles Office, Thomas Giles, allow the family of Yesenia and Omar Camacho asylum in the United States.  Their mother, Irma Alvarez Torres, fled their hometown in Michoacan, Mexico in 2016 with her children because they were threatened with violence by a drug cartel who asked them to pay for “protection.” I know their mother was hesitant to leave at first, for she would be leaving her home and everything she had worked for. But one day, two armed men in a car followed 15-year-old Yesenia to school and threatened her for the second time, and that was when Yesenia’s mom, a single parent, decided she could not wait around and see what came of these threats.  Yesenia and Omar are without a doubt two of the most outstanding young people I have ever known. As their AP Spanish teacher, I had the opportunity to work with them for the past two years.  Many teachers at our high school in Santa Ana know the Camachos as students of integrity with a drive to succeed academically. When Omar started at our school, he was forced to wear an ankle bracelet in my class sanctioned by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  At this time, he helped his mother by working night shifts to make ends meet at home. Because of this, he would come to my room at lunchtime to finish his homework. Yesenia, his younger sister, would join him. She also had little time to socialize with friends in order to excel in her education. For the past two years, I have been a witness to Omar and Yesenia’s discipline and dedication, who both had to learn English to succeed academically.  It paid off; this year, both of them are graduating high school, and Yesenia was accepted to UC Santa Barbara. She wants to study accounting in the future.  Omar has worked all through high school, and he wants to continue his studies at a local community college so that he can achieve the dream that this country has provided for so long: a good career, a stable home, and for his siblings to grow up in a safe environment. This is why we are calling on the Field Office Director of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Los Angeles, Thomas Giles, to grant Yesenia and Omar’s family asylum in the United States.  If this agency really wants to make America great, they will allow these young, talented and hard-working people to stay in the United States with their family to achieve the dream that this country offers.   ALLOW YESENIA AND OMAR’S FAMILY ASYLUM IN THE UNITED STATES!! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION FAR AND WIDE!

Elizabeth Guerrero
49,042 supporters