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Immigration

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Petition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

#GiveMateoBack

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.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras
26,178 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Devin Nunes, Jim Patterson, Andy Vidak, Jean Fuller, Bill Monning, Kevin de Leon, Tom Berryhill, Anthony Cannella, Cathleen Galgiani, Kevin McCarthy, Tom McClintock, Jeff Denham, Jim Costa, David Valadao

We Stand United - Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Would it surprise you to learn that illegal immigrants have the potential to ruin our country – if they leave? In fact, mass deportation would abruptly collapse our agriculture, construction and hospitality industries leading to a downward spiral of our economy. Our government’s failure to address the needs of our economy through legal immigration has led to this issue. The refusal to create legal pathways to citizenship is driven primarily by fear, emotional reaction and misinformation.  So how do we address our immigration problems?  More on that later. I’d like to share a few facts about illegal immigrants. Currently, America’s population includes 11.5 million illegal immigrants, or 3.5% of our population. The Migration Policy Institute has estimated that 2.5 million live in California, which, at 6.3% of the state’s population, is the highest percentage of illegal immigrants in the country. A large part of our state’s economy is generated through agriculture, construction and tourism –three industries that rely heavily on the labor of unauthorized workers. Those who point to the economic burden brought on by illegal immigrants tend to overlook the daily costs, such as higher prices for homes, groceries and basic services, that each of us would incur without their everyday contributions. As an example of the economic impact of cracking down on illegal immigration in California, we need look no further than the neighboring state of Arizona. The legislative drive to aggressively target illegal immigrants in Arizona in recent years, including E-Verify laws and the controversial SB 1070, which allows profiling of those who raise “reasonable suspicion,” resulted in a 40% decline in their population of undocumented workers within five years of implementation. Some of these programs are especially difficult and expensive to implement, placing unnecessary burdens on small business owners. Moody’s Analytics found that despite the new openings in the job market, less than 10% of jobs formerly held by illegal immigrants were taken over by American workers. Likewise, Moody’s reports that the legislation has not altered the unemployment issues in the state; the overall rate remains higher than those of its neighbors. Some commentators tend to paint illegal immigrants as “takers”: people who come to our country with their hands extended, looking for taxpayer-funded social benefits. I believe the opposite is true; the vast majority of unauthorized workers come here looking for work, not handouts. It is estimated by the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (ITEP) that illegal immigrants pay approximately $11 billion in taxes. These taxes directly fund programs like Social Security. Since many of these workers must use fabricated or illegally-purchased social security numbers in order to qualify for work, they will never be able to collect on these benefits. Are most illegal immigrants in this country criminals? In reality, most illegal immigrants avoid criminal activity because of the fear of deportation. Nationwide, illegal immigrants make up less than 5% of the prison population, and of those 5%, many were incarcerated due to immigration violations rather than violent crimes. By creating a pathway to citizenship, we would actually be able to combat crime more effectively by focusing our law enforcement resources on targeting dangerous, violent criminals rather than undocumented families. We cannot afford for our country to follow the path of countries like Japan and Germany, who suffer from stagnation and population decline. Immigration drives the growth of our working-age population as our native-born population is aging and shrinking due to a decline in birth rates. As a result, we are reliant on immigration to support our entitlement programs; without immigrants, the already murky future of Social Security and Medicare would be far bleaker. It is important to note, that the net migration from Mexico to the U.S. has declined in recent years, meaning more people are returning to Mexico than coming to our country. Our solution must be three-fold; first we protect our borders.  we have to recognize that building a $25 billion-dollar wall will partially stop the illegal flow of goods and people. Increasing the use of drones, satellite and other surveillance methods, should be considered if we are to get serious about illegal crossings .we need to humanely address those who are currently here illegally, while modifying our immigration system to better benefit our economic needs. second, we must allow for a process that allows illegal immigrants the chance to move out of the shadows. If apprehended, current law requires deportation of those here illegally and denies them re-entry for 10 years. Deport those who have violent criminal histories, and allow those who remain to become citizens. Third, our immigration program must be updated to reflect the current needs of our country. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, yet is responsible for 25% of the global economy. To maintain this edge for decades to come, we must regularly evaluate our needs, determine if our workforce needs investors, manual laborers, or innovators, and adjust our immigration policy accordingly.  We must also team up with Canada and Mexico to maintain our economic force against the rising powers across the Pacific, noting that Mexico is currently California’s largest trading partner. What is clear to me, is that our current immigration system is broken.  This week, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told an audience at George Washington University the following, “If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws.  Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.” It is necessary that our Countries leaders step over the division of party lines and work together to bring a solution that is in the best interest of our Country and the people who desire to contribute to the U.S.  As an immigrant from Iran, I have first-hand experience navigating the immigration system nearly 40 years ago with my family. The laborious process was one that I was happy to undertake in order to become a proud U.S. citizen. I cherish this country and community along with all that it has afforded my family and I.    For my family, and for much of the world, America represents opportunity, hope and equality. These are the values that continue to attract the world’s best minds. These are the values that have allowed our relatively young country to become one of the most powerful and desirable to live in. Ronald Reagan understood this when he said “In America our origins matter less than our destination, and that is what democracy is all about.” Unfortunately, in today’s climate I am frequently reminded that if we were attempting to immigrate to America today, it would be far more challenging for my family and I to pursue a path to citizenship especially considering our country of origin.  Ultimately, we will be judged as a society not on how we have treated the powerful and privileged, but the poor and the hopeless. Our visions of success and happiness should coexist with the values of human dignity, compassion and justice. God has blessed this country with so much abundance and security-- it would be a shame to disallow those with the means and brain power to stimulate our economy, create jobs, and add to our competitive edge within the global market.  In a world where the movement of goods, money and information is fluid, the movement and migration of people is ultimately inevitable. Many members of congress recognize that bringing the 12 million undocumented out of the shadows of unlawfulness is not only good for our economy, it’s also good for our souls. we should support their efforts in fixing this broken system.   Darius Assemi of Fresno is a builder, farmer and philanthropist.

Darius Assemi
82 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Associate Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi, Immigration New Zealand, Jami Lee Ross

Member of Parliament Jami Lee Ross led us to become unlawfully in New Zealand

Ask yourself what you would do if your local MP was leading you to become unlawfully in New Zealand without you knowing about it? On top of this, you found out that your local MP led you to live unlawfully in New Zealand and he keeps claiming that it’s common to become unlawful in New Zealand while living and operate our business. Our story starts in March 2010 in Australia. In this year we decided to start and work on the innovative idea of developing and manufacturing a unique/natural professional hair care product that has amazing results. One of the challenges was to develop products that are not base on salts (SLS). After more than a year of trial and effort, we managed to formulate a unique line of products that base on special corn sugar instead of salt (SLS). Following our success with formulating our products which we are very proud of, we were looking for a place that would give us an opportunity to transfer our knowledge and have a reasonable entry-level requirement for us to build our business and life. New Zealand was the best county to choose because of its nice natural resources and the right environment for entrepreneurs. We came to NZ in March 2011 and have been approved Long Term Business Visa (LTBV) on May 2011 for 9 months and then again for another 27 months – Total of 3 years (Until 26/05/2014). After years of operation and very challenging work in the NZ market, we applied for residency under LTBV in August 2013. In January 2014 our residency application has been declined. All of our immediate family (Mother (widow), Brother,  Sister, Nephews  ...) are NZ citizens/residents living in Auckland since March 2011. We see NZ as our home. The beginning of the 3 years ordeal: The unclear answers we got from the authorities and lawyers regarding the right pathway to remain lawfully in NZ while waiting for the IPT (appeal body) decision forced us to take the advice from our local MP since he is an official “pipe” who can give an official immigration advice from immigration NZ directly. Under the law: “Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007 s11” an MP can give immigration advice.  3 Months before our LTBV expired we had a meeting with the MP office members of our local MP Jami Lee Ross because we couldn't find the right pathway for a temporary visa while waiting for the appeal decision (IPT) and Immigration NZ wrote: “You must make sure you hold a valid visa at all times” … “You are not automatically entitled to remain in NZ while any appeal is being considered”   Following this meeting we received the following advice by email: “While your appeal is with the IPT you can continue to stay in New Zealand as Immigration New Zealand are not allowed to interfere in the process, so it has the effect of interim status.”  We also received a phone call that confirmed this advice. On the 17 November 2014, we received the residency appeal decision (IPT). We were shocked to realize that we have already been living unlawfully in New Zealand for 6 months since 26/05/2014. This means the MP advice was incorrect! and we didn’t have any clue that we stayed unlawfully in New Zealand. Another reason led to our illegal stay in NZ was that Immigration NZ stopped the automatic alerts which should have informed us that we were at risk of becoming unlawfully in New Zealand or that we were already considered to be unlawfully living in New Zealand at that time (26/05/2014). Jami Lee Ross actions led to: 1) Taking from us the basic right to leave NZ lawfully. 2) Our IPT appeal was checked while we were considered unlawful in NZ – The only case ever that has been checked out while the business owners were considered unlawful in NZ. 3) The loss of the right to appeal on our deportation process. Until this day Jami Lee Ross keeps claiming: quote:  “I told you that the advice she gave you (Email from 18/02/2014) was correct!…she received (Alexandra Crow) the information from Immigration NZ directly”  but on the other hand, Immigration NZ on official letter claims quote: “Immigration NZ cannot be responsible for advice giving by other departments outside of Immigration NZ”.   As you can see we are in the middle here and we are the victims of these actions. Instead of taking responsibility for the fact that he caused us to become unlawfully in NZ, Jami Lee Ross and Immigration NZ ignore the main reason why we became unlawfully in NZ. The bottom line is that we came to our MP to find a solution for a temporary visa but he led us to become unlawfully in New Zealand without our knowledge - as a result our business closed and we have been brutally deported from NZ to the other side of the world on March 2016 with 5 years entry ban: Until now, Immigration NZ and Jami Lee Ross are not in agreement from where the advice came from! None of the relevant authorities we have been contacted in the last 3 years are willing to open for a simple investigation. Your support is critical, please sign and share our story because we couldn’t find any other path to get serious answers from Jami lee ross.  Thank you for your support! Kobi & Yossi Shemesh Israel

Kobi Shemesh
187 supporters