Petition to Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel: Don't deport asylum seekers to Rwanda
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, As North American Jews and as friends of Israel, we are deeply concerned about your recent announcement of plans to deport tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers from Israel. We are concerned that while in most of the western world, refugee acceptance rates for Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers average as high as 56-84%, in Israel acceptance rates remain below 1%. We are disturbed by reports from numerous sources that have shown that asylum seekers who have thus far “self-deported” from Israel have not found safety and protection in the countries to which they self-deported, be they their countries of origin - Eritrea or Sudan - or the third-party countries of Uganda and Rwanda. We know that many such individuals are no longer among the living. We are concerned that if you move forward with these plans, the lives of thousands of individuals will be put in jeopardy, and the name of the Jewish State and the Jewish People will be irreparably stained. As a people who were once refugees, and were once strangers in a strange land, we believe we have a special obligation toward refugees, whatever their religion or race. As a leading signatory to the International Convention on the Status of Refugees (1951), and moreover as a Jewish State founded by Jewish refugees, we believe Israel should be a model for the positive treatment of refugees. We therefore call upon you to reconsider your plans to deport tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers. We urge you to respect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees as enshrined in the International Refugee Convention and in Jewish law and values, and to allow those asylum seekers already residing in Israel to live in dignity until it is truly safe for them to return. We further commit ourselves and offer our hand in support in any way that we can help in coping with the challenges of the refugee crisis. Please do not deport these individuals who have sought refuge among the Jewish People, but rather let us work together in addressing the burdens and challenges of our moral obligations. “You shall not hand over to their master a slave who has sought refuge with you from their master. They shall live with you in your midst, in the place which they shall choose in one of your towns where it is good for them; you shall not mistreat them.” (Deuteronomy 23:16-17) Sincerely, (In alphabetical order; affiliations listed for identification purposes only) Jeremy Ben-Ami President J Street Kenneth Bob President AmeinuLauren Fortgang Co-Founder and Policy Director Never Again CoalitionSusan Freudenheim Executive Director Jewish World WatchEitan Goldstein Mazkir Klali Habonim Dror North America איתן גולדשטייןRabbi Seth Goldstein President Reconstructionist Rabbinical AssociationPaul Golin Executive Director Society for Humanistic JudaismRabbi Art Green Rector Rabbinical School of Hebrew CollegeRabbi Jill Jacobs Executive Director T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human RightsMark Hetfield President and CEO HIASAlexis Karpf General Secretary Hashomer Hatzair North AmericaNancy K. Kaufman CEO National Council of Jewish WomenYehuda Kurtzer President Shalom Hartman Institute of North AmericaRabbi Asher Lopatin President Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical SchoolKaren Mock President JSpaceCanadaBen Murane Executive Director New Israel Fund of CanadaRabbi Jonah Pesner Director, Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President Union for Reform JudaismJonathan Rosenblum Executive Director Jewish Labor CommitteeReuben Rotman President & Chief Executive Officer Network of Jewish Human Service AgenciesRabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. President Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities Paul Scham President Partners for Progressive IsraelRabbi Philip Scheim President Rabbinical AssemblyDanny Schild Co-Chair CHAI: Canadians Supporting Asylum Seekers in IsraelStephen Slater Co-Founder and Co-Chair Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in IsraelDaniel Sokatch CEO New Israel FundRabbi Josh Weinberg President ARZARav Shmuly Yanklowitz----Additional notable signatories will be added. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to Scott Mechkowski, Thomas Decker, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
Free Jean Montrevil
Hi, I am Jahsiah. I am 14 years old. I am the son of the 49-year old Haitian immigrant Jean Montrevil. He came to the US from Haiti with his twin sister, Rose Montrevil, in 1986, when he was only 17 years old. On January 3rd, 2018, my dad was detained outside of our house on his way to work. Later that day, he was sent to Essex County jail in New Jersey. He remained there for 2 more days. On Friday, he was flown down to Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida where he currently is. He has been struggling with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since 2005 when he was first detained, 13, years ago. In Febuary of 2002, my parents, Jean Montrevil and Jani Cauthen, met. On November 20th, 2003, 9 days after my dad's birthday and 2 days after my mom's, I was born. Even at a young age, I would protest for my father from Jericho Walks in blazing heat to traveling to Washington D.C. with my family so we could meet with government officials. One of my oldest memories is of when news reporters came to interview us at our house and when they asked me how I felt, since I was only 4, I didn't know to feel because I was too young to understand how bad it was. I remember times when our community would come together to prepare for a rally and I would make posters trying my best to do all I could to show how bad everything was. He had to go to annual check-ins with ICE before every check-in I always try to spend as much time as possible with him and try not to think about the fact that it may be the last time I see him. My main goal in life is to do everything he wants me to do and make him proud. That's the main reason I try so hard to get into the best schools possible because he pushes me so hard. he has a community that loves him and a family that NEEDS him. Being deported back to Haiti would mean him losing everything he has worked for. His family, job, and whole life is in the US. If he got deported, he would have to go through a process in which you must be interviewed by the Haitian government and a family member must come and sign you off. Since he has no family in Haiti, he would have to serve jail time in Haiti unless he could somehow pay them. It's sad how they try to make money off of deportees in Haiti. Haitian jails are dangerous and many people have died inside Haitian jails. So please help to release my father from detainment before it is too late because no one should have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one to deportation. I am asking you to help as a son and an immigrant rights activist. If you were me and I was you, wouldn't you want me to help? FREE JEAN NOW! Make sure that families aren't split up due to unfair deportation. Raise awareness to problems with the lack immigrant rights. Reunite a father to his family and his son, me, who wants to let his father watch him as he walks down the stage at graduation after working hard so he can provide his parents everything the could never have as children.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States, United States Department of Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
United States TPS Extension for Salvadorans
On January 8, President Donald Trump blocked the temporary protected status (TPS) of 250,000+ Salvadoran immigrants who LEGALLY live and work in the United States. Now, despite many living in the U.S. for 15-20 years, these fingerprinted, documented, tax paying individuals are given ONLY 18 MONTHS (Sept. 2019) to get permanent resident status (which can take years to accomplish, if at all) otherwise be forced to leave the country. Now, the U.S. is considered their home--a country that's allowed them to build a better, safer life. These people aren't just grandparents, parents, in-laws, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. They are also our friends, neighbors and community leaders who are intertwined in our workplaces, schools and neighborhoods. They are our loved ones. And now President Trump is saying that their contributions don't matter and that they don't belong.WATCH: "Their Status is Temporary. But to Salvadorans, the U.S. is Home"https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005611803/tps-el-salvador-immigration.html?playlistId=100000002500298"These innocent people fled their home country after a disastrous earthquake, and while living conditions may have slightly improved, El Salvador now faces a significant problem with drug trafficking, gangs and crime. Since 2001, these people have established themselves in the United States, making countless contributions to our society and our local communities. It would be devastating to send them home after they have created a humble living for themselves and their families." - Rep. Diaz-Balart PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE the petition to help Salvadorans get their TPS extended, as well as pass legislation to help them find a path to permanent residency and/or citizenship.
Petition to Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
#FreeEmilio: Do Not Deport Award-Winning Journalist Emilio Gutierrez to Mexico
As supporters of press freedom and human rights, we are asking that Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who is currently being held in the Federal Detention Center in Sierra Blanca, Texas, not be deported to Mexico. Mr. Gutierrez, who is the recipient of the National Press Club’s 2017 John Aubuchon Award for Press Freedom, has been living in the United States for nine years since fleeing Mexico. His reports on abuses by the Mexican military in his hometown forced him to flee for his life. He sought asylum in the U.S., but his request was recently denied. Mr. Gutierrez and much of the journalism community believe that he will be killed upon return to Mexico if he is deported. We urge the U.S. government to find a place for him here in the States or allow him to transit to a third country where he will be safe. Mr. Gutierrez has no criminal record. He and his son Oscar have supported themselves in the food service industry while living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. They willingly surrendered in El Paso on December 7 and were handcuffed and taken to the facility at Sierra Blanca 90 miles away from their attorney in El Paso. Mr. Gutierrez and Oscar were moved back to the detention facility in El Paso on December 12. Please sign this petition to prevent Emilio's deportation before it's too late. #freeemilio
Petition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)
On Sunday, November 12th, 2017, José Demar Fuentes, a 30 year old El Salvadoran asylum seeker, marched through the streets of Tijuana, Mexico carrying his infant son Dylan Mateo Fuentes Acevedo (‘Mateo’) alongside 35 companions who, like he and Mateo, were on their way to present themselves at the U.S. border to ask for asylum. The group had just been through 10 days of legal orientation, and they knew that confronting the U.S. asylum system would be a challenge. But José had no idea of the pain and hardship that he and his 1-year-old son would soon face. After days in detention, including several nights in the infamous ‘hielera’ (icebox) at the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facility, José sat alongside 6 other fathers and their children at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) San Diego Field Office waiting to be interviewed. José believed they would be released on parole to their relative in Los Angeles. To his surprise, and to the surprise of three other fathers, an immigration official came and told them that they would have to be separated from their children. The fathers were shocked and at a loss for words. But they bonded together and decided they would resist, which they did on three separate occasions when ICE and CBP attempted to intimidate and coerce them into giving in. However, when ICE turned to physical force, not even one father’s desperate grip on his crying, 3-year-old son was enough to stop ICE’s mission to separate the families. Sign this petition to #GiveMateoBack to his father José, after being forcefully and unlawfully taken from him by U.S. immigration officials. The four fathers currently sit in desperation at the Otay Mesa Detention Center. Officers have provided them with no information on the whereabouts of their children, and only recently have the children begun to be located by family members. Our initial visit to Otay Mesa the day after they were separated from their children was an emotionally challenging one, as we sat listening to a group of distressed men – ones that had cared for their children along an incredibly dangerous and challenging journey – sobbing over the stark reality that they had finally made it to their hopeful place of refuge only to receive the welcome of having their kids ripped from their arms. José must be reunited with his infant son, Mateo, and will not stop fighting until he is back in his arms. “However long it takes, I cannot be separated from my son. I need to see him.” - José Demar Fuentes.
Petition to Brian Acuna
Jonathan's bro. missing in MX after a shooting. Deportation will leave daughter w/o a dad
Jonathan Mendoza is 18 years old. He was brought to the United States when he was just 8 months old. He has spent the majority of his life as a United States resident. Two years ago, Jonathan welcomed a baby girl into this world, Isabella. At that point, Jonathan dropped out of High School to work full time with his father as a painter to provide for her. Dropping out of high school made Jonathan ineligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Jonathan was okay with that because his daughter needed food, diapers, clothes, and shelter. His plan was to save up enough money and eventually go back to school for his GED. Jonathan's brother, Fernando, was deported in 2016 to Mexico. Four months ago, Fernando was involved in a cartel shooting and has not been seen since, nor has his family heard from him. A report has been filed in Mexico and Jonathan's attorney is working on filing protection paperwork for him. It is evident that if Jonathan is deported, he will have an instant target on his back due to his brother's involvement with the cartels. Out of fear of being deported, Jonathan, a young teen freaked out when he saw police lights behind the vehicle he was driving without a license (unable to get one due to lack of status). The fear of being separated from his daughter made him act irrationally like most American teens. He ran from the police and was eventually caught. Now, Jonathan has been denied bail and is being held by immigration. We understand that people that break laws need to be held accountable. However, the Trump administration's lack of compassion and incompetency to act on a resolution for DREAMers has all of these youth on edge. Jonathan is prepared to pay for this typical teenage behavior but, we ask ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna to allow him to be released on bail so his lawyer can properly file paperwork that will show a deportation will result in death. Jonathan acted as a typical American teenager. His actions do not need to result in the end of his life and the loss of a father of a two-year-old little girl. Please call ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna at (504) 599-7868 and ask him to release Jonathan on bail. Sample Script: "Mr. Acuna, My name is ____________, and I’m calling in regards to the case of Jonathan Mendoza. You have denied bail to this 18-year-old who needs to be released to take care of his two-year-old daughter. His daughter is the reason he dropped out of school and is not currently eligible for DACA. Jonathan's brother was deported and has been missing in Mexico for four months. If you deport Jonathan you are signing his death warrant. Please grant Jonathan's bail so he can work with his attorney to file paperwork to ask for discretion."
Petition to USCIS , Jeanne Shaheen, US State Department, Tim Kaine, John McCain, Elaine Duke, David Perdue, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jack Reed, Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Richard Blumenthal, Joe Donnelly, Mazie Hirono, Angus King, Martin Heinrich, Elizabeth Warren, Gary Peters, Donald Trump, James Inhofe, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Tom Cotton, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Benjamin Sasse, Luther Strange, Jerry Brown, Tom McClintock, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Jeff Denham, Mac Thornberry, Adam Smith, Walter Jones, Robert Brady, Joe Wilson, Susan Davis, Frank LoBiondo, James Lankford, James Langevin, Rob Bishop, Mike Lee, Rick Larsen, Michael Turner, Michelle Obama, Jim Cooper, Mike Rogers, Madeleine Bordallo, Trent Franks, Trey Gowdy, Joe Courtney, Bill Shuster, Niki Tsongas, Mike Conaway, John Garamendi, Doug Lamborn, Jackie Speier, Rob Wittman, Marc Veasey, Duncan Hunter, Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Coffman, Beto O'Rourke, Vicky Hartzler, Donald Norcross, Austin Scott, Ruben Gallego, Mo Brooks, Seth Moulton, Paul Cook, Colleen Hanabusa, Jim Bridenstine, Carol Shea-Porter, Brad Wenstrup, Jacky Rosen, Bradley Byrne, A. Donald McEachin, Sam Graves, Salud Carbajal, Elise Stefanik, Anthony Brown, Martha McSally, Stephanie Murphy, Steven Knight, Ro Khanna, Steve Russell, Tom O'Halleran, Scott DesJarlais, Thomas Suozzi, Ralph Abraham, Jimmy Panetta, Trent Kelly, Michael Gallagher, Matt Gaetz, Don Bacon, Jim Banks, Liz Cheney, Jamie Raskin, Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, John Bird
Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed
Aysha's father Muhammad Kamran is a heroic interpreter who worked with the US military for 9 years in Afghanistan. His military supervisors praised his work ethic, dedication, and trustworthiness, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking six languages made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. He once saved an American soldier by dashing into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. But the Taliban considers his faithful service to the US military a capital crime and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad and his wife and his four young daughters. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently denied Muhammad and his entire family for humanitarian parole because they don't care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. Tell the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch at USCIS, John Bird, to re-open and approve Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. He has been living in hiding for three years with his wife and four young daughters. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban and are unable to leave their house. There is no heating in the house, and leaks in the roof have made his young daughters sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight a few months ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban, thinking that after the Taliban tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives. Please help me keep my promise to Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. When our lawyer pleaded with USCIS to at least let Muhammad's young daughters come live with their aunt and uncle in the US, the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch of USCIS, John Bird, refused to approve any of the family's cases and made the absurd claim that the entire family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, are a threat to national security. Because of USCIS's policy and Muhammad's service to the US military, Muhammad's children were literally born with a death sentence. Mr. Bird acknowledges that Muhammad and his family meet all the criteria for humanitarian parole, and he does not question that they will be killed if left in their current situation. He just does not care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. Worse yet, two months ago USCIS granted humanitarian parole to family members of Las Zetas drug cartel members who murdered US ICE agents in Mexico, so that the family members of the murderers could attend a trial in Washington, D.C. Thus, USCIS is literally treating Muhammad and his family worse than criminals. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453519/operation-fast-and-furious-victor-avila-betrayed-obama-administration Sign the petition to tell USCIS to re-open and approve Muhammad's and his family's cases quickly. Muhammad is a hero who faithfully served the US military for over 9 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his daughters to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not re-open and approve his case, he will be left behind to be killed by the same terrorists that he risked his life to fight for so many years. The Sacramento Bee recently wrote a story about my family's efforts to help Muhammad and his family. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article187680333.html No One Left Behind, the non-profit fighting to save Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, also recently published a blog post highlighting Muhammad's case http://nooneleft.org/2017/12/12/4221/ For more background information, The Ithaca Voice wrote a story about Muhammad and his career with the US military: https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/former-afghan-interpreter-hopes-find-sanctuary-u-s-help-cornell-student/ Please call your Congressional representatives and ask them to tell USCIS to approve this case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ Email me at email@example.com for more information on Muhammad's case. Please also email me if you know Muhammad personally or if you know any government officials or reporters who may be able to help raise public awareness of Muhammad's case.
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