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Immigration

499 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to US State Department, Consul General Meghan Gregonis, Consul Richard J. Faillace, Ambassador Richard A. Grenell, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Consulate General Munich

US Visa for Marwa’s medical treatment!

This is the story of Marwa, a beautiful 16-year-old Syrian girl, who suffered extensive third-degree burns and was left severely disfigured when a kerosene heater exploded in her home during a bombing nearby.  Marwa has had multiple emergency operations to her face, arms and chest. The picture above helps to understand the extent of Marwa's injuries and how devastating this experience has been for Marwa and her entire family, including her twin sister Safa, pictured alongside Marwa above.  Marwa was encouraged by doctors in Germany, where her family has resettled since leaving Syria, to seek further, essential treatment in the U.S. This life-changing medical treatment is being offered by the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston, a world-renowned centre for children with acute burn injuries. Shriner’s has offered to treat Marwa at no cost and free accommodation has been found for her father, who would accompany her. But in December 2018, Marwa was refused a visa to enter the U.S. as a direct result of President Trump's travel ban! Despite the fact that Marwa's entire family, including her twin sister, other siblings, parents, grandparents and uncle are now happily settled in Germany, the US Consulate in Munich stated "there was not enough evidence to prove she would return to Germany." (See Guardian article). Marwa escaped the humanitarian crisis in Syria to find refuge in Germany! Free state-of-the-art medical treatment has been offered in the USA! Doctors, charities, and politicians have wholeheartedly supported her! Yet the U.S. government and President Trump's travel ban are denying her the access to this vital treatment! I am starting this petition because Marwa represents an opportunity for us to show compassion and to support a young woman as she embarks on her journey of recovery. The House of Peace, kindly offering free accommodation for her and her father, said the following: Marwa has taken on a great burden in this hour of destiny that would deprive a child of her internationally recognized human rights. Her wounds become her strength. Her unspeakable injuries become a resounding voice for justice. The House of Peace waits with open arms to welcome her when that voice is finally heard. Let's share her story, spread the word and draw attention to her cause - whether through social media, twitter, your friends, your family, your neighbours or the person next in line as you wait at the checkout. SHARE Marwa's story as widely as you can and PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!  If she is to have any hope of being granted a U.S. visa to access the medical treatment she so desperately needs, this petition might be the answer.

liz nicholson
2,187 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Jared Polis, Julie Gonzales

Pardon and Stop the Unfair Deportation of a Husband and GrandFather

On September 12, 2018, my Stepdad, Henry Javier Cruz-Moreno was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was one of the worst days of our lives.  No family should be ripped apart solely because of a person's place of birth, but our family is very small and Henry or "Dappy" as my daughters (pictured with my Mom and Henry) call their grandpa, has become the staple in our little family and in our community for that matter. My Mom, Priscilla Cruz-Moreno and Henry have been married for almost 20 years. In 2000, still considered "Newlyweds," my parents had an argument in which the police had been called and charges were filed by the DA. Because my stepdad took an ill-advised plea by the courts and our attorney at the time, our lives would be forever unknowingly and unfairly haunted because of the fact that Henry is a native of Honduras.  Since that night, 19 years ago my parents have grown a loving marriage that most people dream of.  They began counseling and started going to church, Henry building a food pantry for the needy in their front yard. They have built a successful (tax paying) carpet cleaning business, which has 5 star ratings across the internet, it was solely run by Henry. We've had to close down the business since Henry has been detained by ICE.  At the age of 19, I became a single mother to my daughter, Cilla.  I was in college and working, so I was living with my parents. They helped me raise my daughter (now 16); Cilla growing an especially strong bond with her grandpa (calling him Dappy). I later became involved with a man, who would become the father of my second daughter 7 years later.  It was ultimately a long-term, abusive relationship.  We left on Christmas day 2009, after he destroyed our house that day and hit me several times in front of my daughters - leaving me with a concussion, bruises and partially blind in my left eye.  My girls and I would not have got out safely if it hadn't been for Henry and my mom. 10 years later I have earned my Graduate Degree, and bought a house 10 minutes away from them, which I would not have been able to do without the love and support from Henry and my Mom helping me with my girls. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed with PTSD.  In 2017 she attempted suicide, in which she spent a week in Intensive Care. When she began to come into a coherent state, she found comfort in being near her Dappy. Her therapist has written letters to the courts, detailing the harm that would be done to her mental state if he is to be deported, but all pleas have been ignored. My mom is not in well health, suffering from Congestive Heart Failure and possible uterine cancer. Henry was taking care of her before he was detained by ICE.  I have also recently been diagnosed with Auto-Immune deficiency and two pituitary tumors, causing severe migraines. Without Henry being here we have struggled, physically, emotionally and financially since he has been gone.  I am putting the house I've worked so hard for up for sale because we can no longer afford all of our medical, legal and living expenses. I grew up as the only child of a single mother who worked 3 jobs to take care of me. When she met Henry I saw her become happier than she'd ever been before. Their love and happiness has only grown stronger over the last 20 years; not many people can say that about their marriages. My parents should not lose the love of their lives because of a mistake and bad attorney's advice from 19 years ago.  We need Henry home, our lives have been shattered since he was taken from us.  My 9 year old said to me "Mama, if I had known the Sunday before Dappy was taken by ICE was going to be our last hug, I would have hugged him harder. Why won't my eyes stop crying mama?" Please sign our petition in support of a pardon from Governor Jared Polis and to STOP the deportation of our beloved Dappy. We have had many kind people ask to help with legal and medical bills. We have created a  GoFundMe account to help with our many bills.  We appreciate any help, but your signature on our petition is also more appreciated than you know. 

Farah Broomandi
3,982 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Demand DHS bring back FBI background checks for staff working with immigrant kids

Not only are these kids being separated from their families, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just waived FBI background checks for caregivers working at the Tornillo detention center. Right now, there are over 2,000 teens being held in Tornillo - apart from their families. With no guardian, these kids are left in the hands of DHS staff who could possibly have a colored past, that could even involve child endangerment or abuse. If it’s not ok for American children in public schools, it’s not ok for kids being held against their will by DHS. Tell DHS to reinstate background checks for all staff at Tornillo. The 2,100 staff at Tornillo haven’t had to undergo FBI background checks or fingerprinting, something anyone working at a daycare would have to do. Instead, DHS is outsourcing background screening to private contractors who have limited access to criminal records. Tell DHS to reinstate FBI background checks for Tornillo staff. Tornillo started holding children in June. As a ‘temporary facility’, it started holding 360 kids separated from their families. Now it looks like this facility will become permanent. Over 1,300 teens were sent to Tornillo since the end of October alone. Now it holds 2,324 13-17 year olds in tents. For comparison, more people are detained in Tornillo than in all but one of America’s 204 federal prisons. In terms of economic price, Tornillo will cost taxpayers $430 million this year. It’s bad enough that DHS has torn these kids from their families, the least they can do is ensure that kids in detention centers like Tornillo are not put into contact with criminals. If DHS gets away with waiving FBI background checks for staff dealing with minors, countless kids could be put at risk. Tell DHS to bring back FBI background checks for all staff at Tornillo.

Janine Tangney
2,945 supporters