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Petition to John Katko

Support the Clean Dream Act (Syracuse - Katko)

The fate of two million undocumented youth is at risk if Congress does not pass the Clean Dream Act, House Bill 3440. Please urge New York Congressman John Katko, who is still undecided, to co-sponsor this bill. We currently have 200 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and we only need 18 more. DREAMers are our neighbors and 42,000 live in New York state. If Congress does not protect them, starting March 6, they will begin to fall out of status at a rate of 1,400 a week, every week, for the next two years. The #CleanDreamAct will provide a path to citizenship for immigrant youth who are a vital part of our communities. Tell your congressman to reject any attempts to use immigrant youth as a bargaining chip for more money for Trump’s mass deportation force, which will tear apart our families and communities. HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: 1. You are in Katko’s discrictIf you are a constituent, please sign this petition to urge Congressman John Katko to support a #CleanDreamAct now! You can also share this petition with your friends and family and call his offices. The numbers are below. Just make sure to tell him your name, that you are a constituent, the city where you live, and why he needs to support the #CleanDreamAct. Syracuse: (315) 423-5657D.C.:    (202) 225-3701 2. Not sure if he is your Representative? Just enter your zip code here to check.   3. You are NOT in Katko’s districtCall  (202) 225-3121 and, just by entering your zip code, you will be directed to your congressman’s voicemail. Please leave them a message telling them why they need to support a #CleanDreamAct. Make sure to tell them your name, that you are a constituent and name the city where you live. Regardless of which of these actions you choose, you will be making a difference in a DREAMer’s life. We are stronger together.  

Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
10 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE); and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Release DeJuan Callender from Immigration Detention; and approve his Waiver Application

DeJuan Callender is a loving father and husband who has lived in the United States for 38 years.  On July 1st, 2015 ICE agents took DeJuan into custody as he sat in a car in his driveway with his then 5 year old US citizen son.  DeJuan came to the United States from Barbados as a Legal Permanent Resident with his family when he himself was 5 years old.  He remains detained in Orange County Jail in upstate NY despite receiving an unconditional Executive Pardon from Governor Cuomo in December 2016.  “DeJuan’s story” has been covered extensively by News12 Westchester Hudson Valley. DeJuan’s Story: DeJuan experienced severe depression when his mother passed away suddenly when he was 18, and he spent several years going down the wrong path, ultimately being convicted of selling counterfeit credit cards in 1999, and shoplifting personal care items from a drugstore in 2002.  As a result, DeJuan was placed into deportation proceedings in 2005; however, the final deportation order was never executed by the Government.  DeJuan had been working and paying taxes the entire time before he was detained by ICE. At no time was he a fugitive, or in hiding. DeJuan turned his life around and lived without incident for the past 15 years.  His US citizen son is now 7 years old. DeJuan and his son were inseparable before he was cruelly snatched away – right in front of him.  They miss each other desperately.   DeJuan is also happily married to a US citizen.  We met in 2013 and have been in a stable loving relationship ever since.  DeJuan has always worked hard to support his family.   Most recently, since 2007 he was a doorman at a property in Westchester where he remains a beloved employee by his residents.  They have written letters of support for his petition for a Stay of Removal, for his Pardon application, for his Request for Release from Detention, and for his Waiver application. DeJuan's rehabilitation was recognized, and rewarded when DeJuan was issued an unconditional Pardon from Governor Cuomo on December 30, 2016 for his 2002 conviction in order to provide immigration relief, yet ICE refuses to release DeJuan from Immigration Detention. In a letter dated July 11th , 2017, DHS denied DeJuan’s application for a Waiver that would have allowed him to obtain a new Green Card.  The denial stated that he had not shown proof that he was ‘rehabilitated from criminal activity’.  Evidence submitted with his Waiver application included his Pardon from the Governor.  We also included many letters of support from friends, family and residents of the property he worked at. These letters detailed what a good person he is; honest, trustworthy and kind.  Finally, we also submitted a report from a noted forensic psychiatrist who upon examination of DeJuan determined that he was ‘fully rehabilitated.’  This evidence seems to have been ignored. Please sign this petition today to help secure DeJuan’s immediate release from Immigration Detention and the approval of the Appeal we have submitted for his Waiver application Sincerely, Dina Briggs

D. Briggs
679 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House

Petition to Act - Protect Missouri DACA Recipients

Dear State Senators and Missouri Representatives: We, the students of the University of Missouri, Columbia, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of their immigration status. We particularly ask that you express commitment to the protection of all students, especially those who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has been rescinded, making students once again vulnerable. This includes the risk of deportation, loss of their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall University of Missouri System. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Through months of dedication, we gained hundreds of signatures to protect the current 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall UM System. Students at universities and colleges statewide who have DACA should not have to fear about losing their education or about their safety on campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are a community that supports them and that they’ll always be welcome here. We emphasize that this will not only affect students in the UM system but also their families. People’s lives are at stake and we can not stand by and watch them suffer. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps to be taken: We request that you publicly give a statement speaking on your stance about DACA. We request that you advocate for Missouri and all DACA recipients by meeting with other representatives, senators, and congress members to discuss ways in which DACA can be protected. We strongly urge you to take action to ensure that Missouri supports to keep DACA in place in the upcoming vote in March. We emphasize again that this affects our community deeply and we hope that you are on board to keep this community safe. Sincerely, The Association of Latin@ American Students

Define American
147 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP

Ask the UK Home Office to end the inhumane treatment of the Kelton family by the UKVI

They hold a UK visa- so why is this British/American married couple still forced to remain on separate continents? Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) says: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”Charles' rights to his family life, as a law-abiding British citisen, are again being tampered with-- and this is AFTER his wife was granter leave to enter the UK.Charles and Leah Kelton applied for a UK settlement visa in November 2016, and were finally granted the visa in May 2017 after an arduous journey fraught with hold-ups by the UKVI. But when the visa vignette was affixed to Leah's passport with the wrong date stamped by the UKVI, they swiftly contacted the UKVI's telephone service to alert them to their mistake so that it might be rectified before the couple were obligated to be in the UK for the start of Charles' MSc course in mid-Sept. However, despite having been granted her visa, Leah is still unable to enter the UK due to UKVI's lack of response. It has now been 12 weeks since reaching out to UKVI to rectify their mistake, and the couple are STILL waiting for any word on moving forward. Meanwhile, Charles had to return to the UK without his wife in mid-Sept. On top of being prevented from living in marriage together, or for this devoted couple to even see one another, the situation further prevents Leah from adequately working her business, or indeed making any plans toward anything, as they have no indication of when UKVI will finish their case so she can be reunited with her husband. Due to making arrangements for their move when they started the visa journey last year, she is effectively left homeless as well as husband-less, relying on the good graces of family and friends as they wait indefinitely for UKVI to rectify her vignette so that they might finally be reunited and carry on with their lives. They have lived in this especially suspended state for nearly 3 months now, with a further 9 months of suspense awaiting the visa process prior to this.The couple are put in extreme distress as the hold up to their entire lives stretches on and they are parted without end, to the point of resulting health issues from the anxiety, effects on Charles' important coursework, and the resulting financial trauma of having to stand up under separate expenses on separate continents while gainful employment must be put on hold. And they still have been given no timeline for when the UKVI might fix their mistake and finish this nearly year-long visa journey. The UKVI's practices are causing severe mental torture, and emotional and financial trauma for this couple. All the more as they continue to make no assurances that they even know they have put this family in such a position by their negligence. The smallest bit of personal contact would go a LONG way for people embroiled in such uncertainty brought on by UKVI's tardy practices.And this is not the first time in this process that a UKVI mistake has cost the Kelton family dearly.  After spending the first 3 years of their marriage living in the US. Charles and Leah Kelton decided to move to the UK to be closer to Charles' chronically unwell and aging mother when he was accepted onto an MSc degree course in Oxford. The couple carefully saved up to meet the financial requirements for Leah's visa while Charles is studying, and submitted their application while obligated to be parted from each other by an ocean for what was supposed to take 12 weeks only. They have now been forced to spend about 5 of the last 12 months apart- and still counting.UK Visas & Immigration refused Leah's application in February 2017, despite the couple meeting all of the outlined requirements. At this time, Charles was deep into the first year of his master's course in the UK, and Leah had their life in the US packed up and was poised ready to join her husband for their new life. UKVI not only did not thoroughly investigate their application before making the refusal, but they sent the official decision letter to the Keltons in ACTUAL tatters. Ripped in two, crumpled and blackened so that the reasons for the negative decision couldn't even be read. The envelope it arrived in containing all of the other documents, however, was perfectly intact. So someone chose to put the decision letter into the return envelope in that condition. The Keltons were scandalized that this service they had paid so much to receive was rendered to them in this way, and still with no explanation or apology for the additional distress caused them.UKVI provides no way to communicate with its caseworkers to work out such mistakes, so the Keltons' only recourse was to appeal this original decision- a process which it is rumored can take upwards of nine months. They knew they met all of the requirements outlined by UKVI for this visa, and their fee could not be returned to them even when UKVI were clearly mistaken. So, they were forced to be separated longer, with no sense for what was going to happen, or when they might know, and no one to speak to about the appalling service they had received. Thankfully, upon re-evaluation, and some advocacy from Charles' local MP in Buckinghamshire, the Rt Hon John Bercow, the UKVI overturned their original decision and granted Leah her visa in May 2017. By this time, Charles finished his first year of his studies and returned to the states to be with his wife where they waited out the processing with members of her family and friends, and found short-term work for the summer, including Leah continuing to conduct her business with a definite timeline to book work in.The Keltons sent Leah's passport to the UK for the visa vignette to be affixed to it, and explained to the caseworker emailing them that they had to return to the UK between the end of Aug-middle of Sept, due to having found work in the US for the summer, but needing to be back for Charles' course to start up again mid-Sept. After a long 10 week wait for UKVI to place the visa vignette in Leah's passport, a passport UKVI misplaced for nearly a month, they finally stamped it on 17 July 2017. They then sat on her passport for 11 days, finally putting it in the post to her on 28 July 2017. The post then took 10 days to arrive to the Keltons, putting it in their hands 7 Aug 2017. At this point they discovered that the vignette expiration would be 16 Aug 2017- two weeks before the time they could leave their summer work commitments and only 7 days from the day they finally received it back. UKVI made no warning to them that they would only have a week, instead of the 30 days promised, to tie up every loose end in their US lives and make their international move. And they had many work commitments in those last two weeks of August. So, on the very day they received the passport back with the unusable vignette due to UKVI's tardiness and lack of communication, they contacted UKVI's answering service, incurring MORE personal fees because there is no way to talk with anyone to whom you have paid a large fee to render this visa service without paying for the privilege, and they applied for a vignette transfer, incurring another few hundred dollars despite the mistake being the UKVI's. However, when they heard back from the answer services, they were told to cancel the vignette transfer and that their case would be escalated to the home office. 12 weeks later (as of 30 Oct 2017), nothing has yet been done. UKVI makes no contact and communicates NO timelines for the couple to be able to make plans by. This husband and wife, who were granted their visa 5 months ago, still have no idea when they will see one another again, let alone be able to start their life together once more. There is no one held accountable for the mistakes made, no compensation for the damage done. This is inhumane treatment and the UKVI's inefficient work practices are causing untold distress to many more families than just the Keltons as they try to hold their lives together in the uncertainty. While we understand that UKVI must have a very heavy workload, we the people feel it it is unacceptable to conduct this service in such a way that causes families so much grief.We believe the Keltons are experiencing a breach of their human rights by being kept apart by the Home Office's negligence, and we petition the UK home office to rectify this mistake on Leah Kelton's vignette stamp as a matter of priority. We ask Home Secretary Amber Rudd to see to it that UKVI prioritizes fixing their mistake to finish their visa process by the end of October, so that this couple can finally be reunited and try to rebuild their lives.We also petition the home office to implement better practices for communication between the UKVI and their clients in future cases to spare anyone else from facing this mental torture, health-threatening anxiety, damage to marriages, trauma to families, and ridiculous financial burden to honest, hard-working, everyday people just trying to take care of their families...How ridiculous for a family to have come through such a trial, only to finally be granted the visa, but due to an unresponsive UKVI, unable to use it!Thank you so much for your attention this matter.

Leah Kelton
1,337 supporters