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Petition to United States Customs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Border Patrol, Donald Trump

Keep This Man From Being Deported To a Country He Doesn't Know, Away From His Loved Ones

Chhoy Noun was detained April 18th after years of living in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. He responded to a phone call from ICE to come into their office in Saint Paul, MN, and at this moment, he and his family's world turned upside down. He was detained with the intent of deportation back to Cambodia; a country he has no ties to — a country he doesn't even know. Chhoy was born in a refugee camp where he lived a life of poverty until he was 4 years old. His family fled Cambodia with the intent of creating a better life. More than two decades ago, he committed a crime and served his time. But thanks to Immigration reform from 1996, he is being stripped of his status for having been convicted of a crime two decades ago. He is being punished a second time, this time with deportation. Today, Chhoy is a gracious man who loves unconditionally. He is a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, neighbor and friend. All who know him, know he is a caring, passionate father. He is a family man, who brings a smile to the faces of people he encounters because he cares and wants to bring happiness to every person he meets! He cares for his high-achieving daughters Skye and Alaysia, his parents and people in the neighborhood and community. He does not hesitate to volunteer and makes himself available to people when they ask for his help. He is a good citizen that contributes to his community and should remain here with his family. Separating families is wrong and needs to be stopped! Chhoy has made strides to change his life around for the better. Please sign this petition to keep his family together.  

Cole Dazell
1,025 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Veterans Affairs, Alabama State Senate, Alabama State House, Alabama Governor, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Florida Governor, Georgia State Senate, Georgia State House, Georgia Governor, California State Senate, California State House, California Governor, Connecticut State Senate, Connecticut State House, Connecticut Governor, Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, Wisconsin Governor, New York State Senate, New York State House, New York Governor, New Hampshire State Senate, New Hampshire State House, New Hampshire Governor, Maine State Senate, Maine State House, Maine Governor, West Virginia State Senate, West Virginia State House, West Virginia Governor, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, Arkansas Governor, Nebraska State Senate, Nebraska State House, Nebraska Governor, New Mexico State Senate, New Mexico State House, New Mexico Governor, Utah State Senate, Utah State House, Utah Governor, Ohio State Senate, Ohio State House, Ohio Governor, Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House, Missouri Governor, Mississippi State Senate, Mississippi State House, Mississippi Governor, Delaware State Senate, Delaware State House, Delaware Governor, Rhode Island State Senate, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island Governor, New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey State House, New Jersey Governor, Arizona State Senate, Arizona State House, Arizona Governor, Oklahoma State Senate, Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma Governor, North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina State House, North Carolina Governor, South Carolina State Senate, South Carolina State House, South Carolina Governor, Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, Illinois Governor, Tennessee State Senate, Tennessee State House, Tennessee Governor, Virginia State Senate, Virginia State House, Virginia Governor, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts Governor, Kansas State Senate, Kansas State House, Kansas Governor, Texas State Senate, Texas State House, Texas Governor, Michigan State Senate, Michigan State House, Michigan Governor, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania State House, Pennsylvania Governor, Nevada State Senate, Nevada State House, Nevada Governor, Minnesota State Senate, Minnesota State House, Minnesota Governor, Colorado State Senate, Colorado State House, Colorado Governor, Oregon State Senate, Oregon State House, Oregon Governor, Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House, Kentucky Governor, Washington State Senate, Washington State House, Washington Governor, Indiana State Senate, Indiana State House, Indiana Governor, Maryland State Senate, Maryland State House, Maryland Governor, Vermont State Senate, Vermont State House, Vermont Governor, Idaho State Senate, Idaho State House, Idaho Governor, Alaska State Senate, Alaska State House, Alaska Governor, Louisiana State Senate, Louisiana State House, Louisiana Governor, Hawaii State Senate, Hawaii State House, Hawaii Governor, Puerto Rico State Senate, Puerto Rico State House, Puerto Rico Governor, District Of Columbia State Senate, District Of Columbia State House, District Of Columbia Governor, North Dakota State Senate, North Dakota State House, North Dakota Governor, South Dakota State Senate, South Dakota State House, South Dakota Governor

Congress: Let all children of U.S. military service members unite with their families!

I’m Jenifer B, a U.S. Navy veteran, who served for 10 years, one-third in the Asia-Pacific region. It was due to my travel between ports in countries like Japan and Thailand that I first encountered amerasian children, and descendants, of U.S. service members and civilian contractors previously stationed overseas. Filipino Amerasians are abandoned and neglected biracial children of Filipino mothers and American fathers (mostly members of the US armed forces). In the Philippines alone, more than 52,000-plus children were born and left behind after the U.S. Navy withdrew the last of its military personnel in 1992. Right now, the U.S. government won’t legally recognize them as U.S. citizens, despite having been born to an American parent. The Philippine Embassy won't help them either. As a former US colony between 1898 and 1946, the Philippines was home to millions of US soldiers and their dependents, even after its independence. Until 1992, the country hosted two of the largest US military facilities outside the US – Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base, which played major roles during the Vietnam and first Gulf wars. In 1982 US Public Law 97-359, or the Amerasian Act of 1982, allowed children from Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, or Thailand to move to the US and eventually become American citizens, but those who were from the Philippines were excluded from the law, an exclusion which was upheld by the US Senate on the basis that many Filipino Amerasians were “conceived from illicit affairs and prostitution”, and were born during peacetime. Today, there are estimated to be more than 250,000-plus children. Many amerasians are caught in a no-man’s land of discrimination and poverty -- most left behind by U.S. service members who are unaware that they’ve fathered children overseas. My friend John H is one of these sailors. In 2011, John discovered he was the father of a half-Filipino daughter, Jannette. He attempted to unite with her through the American Homecoming Act -- but was frustrated to learn that the Act did not apply to Filipino children of U.S. service members. Today, all John wants is to be united with his daughter and grandchildren. He, like so many other veterans are living with a “hole in their hearts” as they search for ways to unite with their children. There is hope. The Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, creates a specialized visa allowing military veterans and eligible civilian contractors to sponsor their children and grandchildren for U.S. citizenship. Currently, blood relationship must be proven by DNA test and the total number of visas granted will be capped at 5,000 each year. The issue takes on more urgency as so many of our veterans from our wars in Southeast Asia are getting older and dying each day -- without the chance to connect, or in some cases, reconnect with their own children. John’s daughter Jannette has already undertaken the DNA testing process, conclusively proving her relationship to her American father. All she’s waiting for is the opportunity to permanently unite with her father. There is a PBS documentary, "Left by the Ship" (2010), documenting a day in the life and the personal struggles as a Filipino amerasian on the never ending search for identity and their struggles to connect to their American military families. Please sign this petition to tell Congress that these families cannot wait another day. Pass the Uniting Families Act of 2018, HR 1520, now!

Jenifer Bass
33,346 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to United States Attorney for Northern District of California Alex G. Tse, District Attorney for San Francisco County George Gascon, Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom

Drop the Immigration Charges Against Marco Senghor, Community Leader and Bay Area Icon

We need to reach out to those in power to protect our immigrant community and send a clear message to Washington that the Bay Area stands behind its beloved community members such as Mr. Senghor. From missionlocal.org, by Julian Mark: The owner of Bissap Baobab, a beloved Senegalese restaurant and dance club at 19th and Mission, was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly “illegally obtaining” his United States citizenship, according to a Facebook post the owner, Marco Senghor, wrote Tuesday.“I am going to plead not guilty and fight these charges,” wrote Senghor, who is from Senegal. “I’ve hired a top defense attorney to represent me and I look forward to my day in court.”He said the future of Bissap Baobab is uncertain. For two decades, the club and restaurant has served as a local cult favorite of sorts, known for its dancing scene and, more recently, its unique Senegalese food menu. “… but I am dedicated to preserving it,” he wrote. “I will keep you informed as my case moves forward.” On Wednesday morning, Senghor declined to answer questions, citing his unclear legal situation. The Acting United States Attorney for Northern District of California, Alex G. Tse — a former San Francisco deputy city attorney — is charging Senghor with “Procurement of Citizenship Contrary to Law” and “Procurement of Citizenship for a Person Not Entitled to Citizenship,” according to federal court filings. Senghor is being represented by defense attorney Jeffrey L. Bornstein of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP The charges are a somewhat tragic setback for Senghor, who only last October purchased the restaurant’s building at 3372 19th St. from Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million, ensuring the restaurant could stay there for good. “I’m excited to feel like I’m at home,” he told Mission Local following the purchase.  Bissap Baobab “is a gathering place for lots of different types of groups with great music and great food,” said Gwyneth Borden, director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. “It’s shocking and unprecedented that the president would target such an upstanding citizen of the community.” She said Senghor’s news has been making its way through the local restaurant community. She said she knew little of Senghor’s case — mentioning only that it appeared to be a process-related issue — “but what was presented to me doesn’t make sense.” Borden noted that her organization has been talking about contacting Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office to see if the Congresswoman can help, as she done in the past with visa-related issues in the local restaurant community.  “It’s been a really trying time for the industry, an industry that’s been dominated by immigrants,” Borden said. “The reason why San Francisco’s restaurant industry is so diverse is that people come from all over the world.” “This example sends a chilling message to all immigrants around here,” she said.

Matt Haze Kaftor
808 supporters