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 President of the United States, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Save Isabel Told that she would die by the age of 7 due to a rare medical condition, Isabel moved to the U.S. to access life-saving medication and care not available in her home country. Now she is being deported, with just 33 days notice, despite 16 years of living in the U.S. a legal resident. Help keep Isabel in the U.S. so she can continue to access life-saving medical care. Tweet the President About Isabel Isabel is an inspiration to everyone who meets her. She is smart, lively, lovely and full of plans. Despite being told that she would die by the age of 7, Isabel has defied the odds through life-saving medication and care. She recently graduated from college with honors and is an active member of her community. In 2016, Isabel was featured on the popular TV series, My Last Days. To see her episode and learn more about her story, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87q8HvGmTes. Isabel is severely disabled - wheelchair bound with a tracheotomy. She suffers from a rare, life-threatening disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI (MPS-6). She receives weekly day-long treatments at UCSF Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which is paid for through her private medical insurance. About Her Situation In 2003, Isabel and her family moved to the United States to participate in a clinical trial to treat her rare condition. Upon FDA approval of the treatment, the family stayed in the U.S., legally, in accordance with a medical deferred action status, so that Isabel could continue receiving treatment and additional medical care crucial to her health. The treatment is not available in Guatemala. Isabel and her family have lived in the U.S. legally for 16 years. Isabel’s mother is her primary caregiver, while her father works and provides for the family. They own a home, pay taxes, are active in their community, and have complied with all legal requirements of their visa. On August 13, USCIS denied extension of their Deferred Action Status, ordering Isabel and her family to return to Guatemala. If the family does not leave within 33 days, deportation proceedings will be initiated. Immigration attorneys are reporting similar denials across the U.S., except to U.S. military families. Lack of notice prevents the family from making any accommodation for Isabel’s care. According to Martin Lawler, Isabel’s San Francisco immigration attorney, “Isabel and her family have followed all the immigration rules. She is not a burden to the government and has private medical insurance. It is outrageous to deport a young person with a serious illness that can only be treated in the U.S. Where has our compassion gone? USCIS should extend Isabel and her family’s deferred action status.”
Petition to Upstate NY ICE Field Office Director Tom Feeley
Don't let a Father be Deported
ICE is targeting immigrants for detention and deportation even while they are in the middle of a legal process to receive permission to stay. That's what happened to long-time Syracuse community member, father, husband, employee, and friend to many, Justino Vixtha-Nopal. Justino was detained by ICE in May on a 20-year old deportation order that Justino was already working to have dismissed. Instead of allowing the legal process to take its course, ICE spied on him and his family, followed him to work and continues to hold him in detention. His request for bond was denied without explanation. We call for Justino Vixtha-Nopal (A: 076-495-178) to be released as soon as possible while his legal case to stay in the US proceeds in court. Justino has lived over 20 years in the US, residing with his wife in the same Syracuse apartment for 15 years. He had legally obtained a drivers license, was working with a legal Social Security number, and he had contracted an attorney in 2017 to resolve an outstanding deportation order from 1999 in order to pursue an application for more permanent status. Justino should be released from detention while his legal case works its way through the court system. His US-citizen wife and 3 children are suffering enormous financial and emotional strain with his absence. Detaining Justino while his case proceeds also undermines his ability to communicate with his lawyer and most effectively pursue his case. It is negatively impacting his employer, a well-respected small business in our community, and does not serve the interests of justice. Free Justino now!
Petition to European Union, United Nations, Turkish Airlines, Justin Trudeau, Donald trump, UN REFUGEE AGENCY
*URGENT PETITION TO #SAVEHAMO
Hamo Azhari has been trapped in Istanbul airport custody since September 28th and is due to be deported to Sudan this Wednesday October 30th due to a transit visa issue. We make a fervent plea to the countries of the world who believe in freedom of thought to grant him the safety of asylum. 21 year old Hamo’s life is in danger because he has renounced his religion. He is an "apostate" from Islam, and therefore subject to incarceration, and a sentence of capital punishment according to Article 126 of the Sudan Criminal Act of 1991. Hamo’s Sudanese passport restricts his options for safe destinations greatly. It is a human right to be allowed to have freedom of religion, but also the right NOT to practise religion. A distinction should be made between criticising ideas and violating human rights, as this is the only way forward. Despite outcries from Hamo and his supporters to organizations such as the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR); Canada's refugee crises to which Justin Trudeau had initially been open arms for; the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE); President Donald J. Trump's limited Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees, and other so-called welcoming agencies and countries, there has hardly been any outcry in mass media attention for people such as Hamo. Hamo is wanting to seek a future many of us take for granted. But the media is silent on it. SILENCE IS COMPLICIT! In the words of Albert Einstein - “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil; it will be destroyed by those who watch and do nothing.” To the EU, UN, UNHCR, and more within the western world who supposedly stand up for basic human rights, #SAVEHAMO! Here is the info: **Hamo's GoFundMe has been set back up!* https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-hamo-who-is-still-running-for-his-life His Twitter: https://twitter.com/7amoo101TAKE ACTION, PLEASE!
Petition to Gisell Cortez
Would you like your kids in a Cage ??
During 2019 more than 69,550 migrant children are held in U.S. government custody over the past year including infants, children, and preschoolers.That’s more children detained away from their parents than any other country, according to United Nations researchers.The conditions that are being given to these children are inhumane. According to Cynthia Pompa, Advocacy Manager ACLU Border Rights Center, about 7 children have died in Federal Immigration Agencies or after being detained by them. Also, Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris said, "I was standing on a ladder outside the Homestead juvenile immigrant detention center outside Miami, looking over the fence, and I saw children lined up like prisoners. They had been separated from their families and put in this private detention facility. It was horrible." If we see this happening why don’t we try to change it . This shows us how children are being mistreated and uncared for . They are in the detention center for days in the same soiled clothes.CBP also appears to be holding children for extended periods of time . Not only are they inhumane but they are also violating the U.S. Law and International Human rights law which give protections to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers – no matter their country of origin. According to aclu.action.org kids have been threatened with rape and death . CBP depriving children from food and water , shooting children with taser gun . Patrols have ran over two 17 year olds with patrol vehicle . They have hidden all this! Gross: Subjecting a 16-year-old girl to a search in which they forcefully spread her legs and touched her genitals. I do not think this is right !! We need to protect the children !!!!! Instead of mistreating them we should get them the help they deserve during this traumatic event . We should get them real food , a change of clothes , a therapist or a helpful person they can talk to . Instead of being in cages like animals we should have them playing outside and give them real beds and blankets . How is it that we have racist people taking care of hundreds of immigrant children and not expecting these actions .We need to change the way these innocent kids are being treated . This is not their fault so why should they be punished when their parents who came to the U.S. looking for asylum or a better opportunity for their kids . This is not my America , is it yours ?
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Better Conditions At Immigration Detention Centers
Throughout these several years, We have witnessed many immigrant families being detained at detention facilities, for crossing the border to find a better life in the United States. Some families have been at these facilities for years now, without any proper nutrition or education. Especially this year there have been many migrant caravans heading to the United states, departing from El Salvador, Honduras,and Mexico; all coming in to have a better life. These facilities are being treated as prisons, people are issued Jumpsuit uniforms and are even guarded by officers if they were criminals, also being transported by handcuffs or even shackles. Most of their personal belongings are removed, while detained, They are stripped from there name and are given a number to refer to them, their privacy/freedom is stripped away. Also having to follow a strict mandatory schedule, required to be next to their assigned bed just for a daily count that is issued by the guards besides that they aren't allowed to roam freely because they are being guarded by uniformed officers at all times. Another issue being held is their nutrition. Sometimes food isn’t provided, and if it is provided, they are served pieces of bread and not much food. Many immigrants are malnourished, and many have lost a significant amount of weight during a short period of time. This is very unhealthy and many immigrant’s lives are at risk. It’s possible that many can starve to death. Another issue is that there are many immigrant children in the detention facilities without proper education. Education is important for the youth, and would benefit the families that are in the detention facilities. Having a child or an adolescent is difficult, it is damn near impossible to raise a child without the proper necessities like clean bottles, diapers and even just proper beds there even subjected to extreme cold or hot temperatures with lights on 24 hours a day, with adolescents as well,there have been cases where young girls have been molested or treated unfairly by officers. It's just very unfair that a child has to grow up in these unbelievable facilities and can't go home because they don't have a place to come home. This petition is very important because many immigrant families are treated as if they were to be criminals. we want to fight for change in these so called “Detention Centers” it is unfair and just sad to hear the way men, women and children are being treated and are currently living. We want to spread awareness to show what is going on in these facilities and just fight for a better lifestyle for them. It's just unfair that immigrants that come from places like Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, etc.These families have not committed a crime, they only want to enter the United States to find a better life, they are given a bad reputation because they weren't born here or want to steal Americans so called jobs but in reality we don't know their story or their situation. They come to the U.S because they were just trying to outrun gang wars, violence, and have hope for a better life. This is important to us as a Latino community coming from immigrant parents, we might not be there physically but it affects us emotionally. We are here to give them a voice and hopefully change the system. Many might not know, but people even stand for days because of the lack of space. Sometimes soap, toothpaste, and places even to shower aren’t available. Please sign our petition and help make a change. Alanis Salazar & Emily Maradiaga
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Department of Homeland Security
IMMIGRANT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE TREATED LIKE PRISONERS. BRING THEM HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES
This issue we have now where immigrant children are being detained and taken away from their families is just cruel and inhumane. Children are being locked up like animals and are treated horribly. According to Vox.com, at this moment, Trump has detained about 75,400 kids at the border due to his “no tolerance policy” which states that any immigrant coming into the US should be detained until their legal problems are resolved. Kids are being starved, unsupervised, mistreated, abused and raped. Legally the border patrol can’t keep them detained for more than 72 hours but they don’t care about these innocent children. Many celebrities have spoken out about this issue and they are certainly unhappy. Artist Niki Minaj tweeted: "I came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old. I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me. Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now?" Trump simply does not care what happens to these kids and it’s time to take a stand and do something about it now. All these children are being humiliated and treated like animals, living in unsanitary cages where they barely get any food to eat and they are just lying around other kid’s excrement and urine unable to go anywhere else not even to use the restroom. Mothers with their newborns aren’t even given diapers or milk to feed their kids, instead, they’re just laughed at by officers while the helpless toddlers cry. They’re kept in cold cages sometimes they sleep with their wet clothes and only have a small blanket to cover themselves. No pillows, no mattress, just cold concrete. There are lots of stories about how sad this situation is. One of the stories I found is about a mom, 17 years old that had her toddler who had soiled himself. She pleaded the officers to give her diapers and some clean clothes to change her son but all they did was ignore her. Sad and frustrated she kept begging and after 3 days of non-stop asking all they gave her was 1 diaper, just 1 diaper. imagine how unjust and humiliating that situation was for the mother. This needs to stop and it needs to stop NOW. People are barely looking into this situation, we need more help and more signatures to make this change happen. Only we can stop it because for sure the government isn’t doing anything to fix it. Trump started this and how do we know he’s going to end it? What if he never does? How many more kids have to get locked up for people to understand? Kids have died already because of diseases and malnutrition. How many deaths is it going to take for the government to realize this problem? We need to take action now and it all starts by signing this petition. Every vote counts and please help us bring these kids back to their families!! BY: WILLY SORIANO, JOSAFAT LOZANO