Petition to Department of Homeland Security
Stop tearing families apart
The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.
Petition to Commissioners of St. Louis County, MN
The St. Louis County, MN commissioners must vote "NO" to refugee placements our county!
ST. LOUIS COUNTY....VOTING "NO" IS THE KINDEST THING TO DO FOR REFUGEES AND RESIDENTS. HERE'S WHY... Imagine living in a frozen climate where there are very limited job opportunities, limited public transportation options, and high taxes.... Now imagine that you are new to America and they send you to a frozen climate where there are very limited job opportunities, limited public transportation options, and high taxes.... Accepting refugees into northern Minnesota isn't fair for anyone involved. It's not fair for refugees, and it's not fair to residents. Life here in northern Minnesota is hard. We don't deny it. We take the good with the bad and have adapted over generations. Our families were used to life in a northern climate and they taught us the same. We survive, but don't really thrive, as many of our area decisions are made by politicians who only visit our area when they walk in Gilbert 4th of July Parade. They don't stop to talk, but flash a toothy grin as they hand us a flyer asking for our vote. It's frankly sad to think that while some refugees are going to be resettled in other areas of the country with great economic opportunities, lots of cultural and social supports and milder climates (more similar to their own lands) -- our state leadership wants a few of these stressed families to spin the wheel of misfortune and wind up disadvantaged right here in the frosty Northland. No doubt, we love northern Minnesota...but people aren't exactly clamoring to come live here. It's only common sense to see that other parts of the nation make far better choices for arriving new immigrants and refugees. Unlike St. Louis County, other areas in the country have far more money and resources to support people starting a new life in America. Other parts of the country offer an array of thriving industries which offer perfect employment opportunities to people with little or no specialized skills. They also offer social and cultural supports lacking here that are helpful to a new arrival to our nation. Our area is dominated by Scandinavians who settled northern Minnesota for one simple reason: Because Minnesota felt like home. There was free land to be settled. This opportunity is no more. Instead, now our taxes are nearly as high as people living in metro areas. Our local homeless shelters are full to bursting. The waiting lists for public housing are full. Yes, it's happening right here in St. Louis County. Why would it be fair to ask an already struggling group of residents to foster refugees, who would unfortunately, be forced to suffer along with us? Why should we be asked to support this measure when it harms every single person involved...except the politicians who shout from their ivory towers down in the Twin Cities? Why should we allow House Leader Representative Winkler to threaten us into compliance, saying that if we are thoughtful to everyone in our decision-making processes, including being frugal with assets in our counties, that he will withhold state funding from our areas? Why should St. Louis County residents and leaders accept being bullied into a bad decision by someone who doesn't even live here? It's time to take a stand and do what's right.....and tell our MN House Leader: #WinklerMindYourBobber VOTE "NO" ON THE ST. LOUIS COUNTY REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT MEASURE!!!
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.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, 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 Government of Canada, Government of India
Kindly revoke Canadian transit visa requirement for Indians urgently
My name is Chinmay Ujjwal Vanjare. I am a master's student studying at Syracuse University of the United States of America. In August 2019, I booked my air ticket to Mumbai via Toronto through an Air Canada flight. I thought everything will go well and it will be a pleasurable experience but I was proved wrong. My friend's roommate told me about the possibility of a Candian transit visa when I booked my flight which I initially ignored considering the assumption that I would not require a visa just to transit through any country. One and half months before my actual trip, I casually searched on the internet about the Canadian transit Visa requirement for Indians and I was shocked to notice that there was a requirement of transit visas to transit through Canada. I had my academic obligations at that time. I had to apply for a Canadian transit visa at the expense of academics. I had a deadline in two days for one of my assignments and I lost those two days as I had to complete the procedure of applying for the Canadian transit visa. It took a toll on my academic performance. Furthermore, It took 21 business days for my Canadian transit visa to arrive in my inbox. During the whole process, I underwent a lot of mental stress and agony. Additionally, I had to bear for the Canadian visa processing charges. The story doesn't end here. On 15th December 2019, when I reached Newark airport in New Jersey in the United States, I saw my junior Ms. Manisha Galani at the Air Canada counter. I went to her with curiosity as I knew her and I talked with her. After talking to her, I came to know that she had the Air Canada ticket of the same flight which I was about to board but she didn't have a Canadian transit visa. Despite knowing the fact that she couldn't board the flight, I decided to make some efforts. I talked with the Air Canada representative at the counter and he told that he couldn't do anything about it. I asked him to call his supervisor. When the supervisor came, I told him about the scenario and requested him to allow Manisha to board the flight. The supervisor called up his higher authorities and told them about the issue. The higher authorities conveyed the representative that they couldn't allow Manisha to board the flight. Manisha tried to call the Canadian consulate in New York but the consulate was closed as it was Sunday. I was in no mood to give up so I went to the US immigration officer at the Newark airport with Manisha and requested him to allow her to board the flight. The Visa officer refused by saying that it is an internal matter of Canada and he couldn't do anything about it. Ultimately Manisha had to cancel her flight and stay nearby for a day. She had to book a new flight for the next day. She had to undergo a lot of mental stress. Additionally, she had to bear the expenses of the hotel stay and air ticket. The airline people and the Canadian immigration officials together could have collaborated to give her an on-arrival Canadian Visa by making an exception to their immigration policies. I was disheartened by the whole incident but I couldn't do anything. I completely empathize with Manisha and her pain. The same incident could have happened with me or anyone else if I or anyone else wouldn't have known about the Canadian transit visa requirement for Indians. As per the statistics of 2016, there were 1,374,710 people of Indian origin in Canada which was 4 percent of the total Canadian population. I have seen many Indians working at Toronto airport which confirms this fact. Furthermore, The requirement for the Canadian transit visa is taxing and obsolete. Additionally, countries like the United States, Germany, France, and many other countries do not have Canadain transit visa requirements for their Citizens. Due to the above reasons, I have decided to start a petition so that in future no other Indian citizen has to undergo similar circumstances. I would like to request all Indians in India as well as abroad to sign this petition. Jai Hind.
Petition to inmigration
Help Pedro coming back to USA ��
My name is Pedro I was born in azores Portugal my family was poor we didn't have money to eat so that's why I move to America to work amd have a better life but I didn't know you would need a green card to stay legally in US I get deported from USA �� almost 2 years ago now iam trying to come back to see all my family I get there I love USA ��
Petition to Department of Homeland Security
No child should die from the flu
For most of us, the flu season is inconvenient, but for people confined to immigrant detention centers it’s scary. Children held in detention are 9 times more likely to die from the flu than the general pediatric population. With flu season well underway, we urgently need your help to get flu vaccinations to the people who need it most. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is blocking a group of doctors from offering the flu vaccine to children and families in detention. Immigrant detention camps function like prisons: physically and emotionally stressed migrants are held in these overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, often for months on end. Without the flu vaccine, it’s almost guaranteed that we’ll see more outbreaks, putting more lives at risk. No one in 2019 should be dying from the flu in these camps. Carlos' death could have been prevented. Send a message to DHS before the disease spreads even further. This is a heartless way to punish people who are seeking safety in the United States. Let’s be clear: our government put these people in camps simply because they are seeking asylum; they have not committed crimes. It doesn’t have to be this way. Our organization, Doctors for Camp Closure, wants to offer the vaccine to people in a detention center in California at no cost to the government. All we need is permission to enter. Join us in requesting permission to offer the flu vaccine to vulnerable children and families in migrant detention. P.S. – If you’re a physician, medical professional or medical student, please leave a comment indicating that when you sign.
Petition to US Department of Justice: Board of Appeals, US Department of Homeland Security, irwin county detention center
Free Pauline!!!! Do it for Samiyah...
Hi, My name is Millie Mpay Binam and my little sister, Pauline Binam, has been held in an ICE Detention Center in Irwin County, GA for the past two years; It's going on three now. She's been there since Oct. 13, 2017, and they refuse to let her out. A little background: Pauline started off a well-behaved child, who loved kids, friends and having a good time with loved ones. This allowed Pauline to turn into a very generous, caring and fun-loving adult. While not all her mannerisms stayed the same, the caring, fun-loving, generous part of her remained. Growing up, from High School to College, Pauline turned her ways to the wrong associations and wrong crowds. This eventually led to Pauline getting into a lot of trouble. Most of this was caused by the hardship my family had to endure growing up as foreign household without any help or support, other than my Father, who struggled and scrimped, to raise 5 kids all alone. The most recent event took place when Pauline was caught "shoplifting" with a group of people, in SC, that she barely knew. The reason I put quotation marks (" ") around the word shoplifting is because Pauline was not one of the people who put her hand, or had any involvement, in stealing the damaged goods. While all this was happening, Pauline said she was just trying to get a ride to SC to see my family before she headed home. I believe Pauline, in this instance, not because she's my sister, but because I was actually with my parents that day, at their house, and I remember hearing from Pauline, saying she was on her way there (meaning my Parents' house), and that she had a ride. No one thought to question it because Pauline was a very likable person and had many friends. We, also, not having cars, had no way of getting her ourselves. So, we did not think anything of it. The people she was riding with went into a gas station, telling her they were going to pay for gas, and instead came running out with cases of beer in tow, leaving Pauline an innocent bystander, sitting in a car with people committing a crime that she didn't even know. Anyone who knows Pauline knows that she cannot drive and that she does not know how to operate a motor vehicle (Pauline does not know how to drive). She also does not know much about the law. This pretty much left Pauline an innocent bystander, "guilty" of a crime she was not aware of. This was literally a crime of Guilt by Association. Pauline was literally in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if that isn't enough, Immigration Court is trying to use her charges against her, ones she got from 2007 when she was just a child (17 years old), just because they are similar to the crimes she's dealing with now. The crazy thing is, the State of South Carolina and the SC Immigration Court let her go, dropping all the charges. It was the NC Immigration Court that did not want to let her go, due to all the charges she was dealing with in NC. Pauline is currently facing deportation due to the Judge in Irwin County not wanting to let her go. At this point, it is up to the US Dept. of Justice: Board of Immigration Appeals, Clerks Office, in Falls Church, VA (5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041) to grant her appeal and authorize her release. I am not a lawyer, and I am not asking for money, but I am concerned sister who wants to see her sister again and does not to see her sent back home to a country she does not know. Pauline came to the US, LEGALLY, at the age of 2 and lost her good standing in the US when faulty/shady Immigration lawyers stole my Parents' money and did not file our Immigration paperwork by the time the documents would have been accepted. Pauline will know NO ONE if she is sent back home. Pauline deserves a fair shot; ESP. when the Immigration System and US Gov't are failing her by not giving her a fair shot, regardless of all the people AND the US entities that are trying to help her. I ask that you sign this petition.... That's All. Maybe this will shed some light on the inaccuracies and fallacies that the US Gov't tries to place on people who don't have a voice in America and do not have the right to speak up, and/or receive help. Pauline has a daughter, Samiyah, who is 11 years old and who she has not seen her mother in 3 years. That's 3 birthdays, two gradutions, 3 Christmases and so many more that Pauline has not gotten to see or be with her daughter. We are her relatives and we love her and miss her very much. We don't need money. We just need you to get the word out. We love her and we miss her, and we cannot do this without you. Your help is so vital. Please help. Thank you. GOD bless you.