Petition to President of the United States, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Save Isabel Told that she would die by the age of 7 due to a rare medical condition, Isabel moved to the U.S. to access life-saving medication and care not available in her home country. Now she is being deported, with just 33 days notice, despite 16 years of living in the U.S. a legal resident. Help keep Isabel in the U.S. so she can continue to access life-saving medical care. Tweet the President About Isabel Isabel is an inspiration to everyone who meets her. She is smart, lively, lovely and full of plans. Despite being told that she would die by the age of 7, Isabel has defied the odds through life-saving medication and care. She recently graduated from college with honors and is an active member of her community. In 2016, Isabel was featured on the popular TV series, My Last Days. To see her episode and learn more about her story, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87q8HvGmTes. Isabel is severely disabled - wheelchair bound with a tracheotomy. She suffers from a rare, life-threatening disorder called Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, also known as Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI (MPS-6). She receives weekly day-long treatments at UCSF Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which is paid for through her private medical insurance. About Her Situation In 2003, Isabel and her family moved to the United States to participate in a clinical trial to treat her rare condition. Upon FDA approval of the treatment, the family stayed in the U.S., legally, in accordance with a medical deferred action status, so that Isabel could continue receiving treatment and additional medical care crucial to her health. The treatment is not available in Guatemala. Isabel and her family have lived in the U.S. legally for 16 years. Isabel’s mother is her primary caregiver, while her father works and provides for the family. They own a home, pay taxes, are active in their community, and have complied with all legal requirements of their visa. On August 13, USCIS denied extension of their Deferred Action Status, ordering Isabel and her family to return to Guatemala. If the family does not leave within 33 days, deportation proceedings will be initiated. Immigration attorneys are reporting similar denials across the U.S., except to U.S. military families. Lack of notice prevents the family from making any accommodation for Isabel’s care. According to Martin Lawler, Isabel’s San Francisco immigration attorney, “Isabel and her family have followed all the immigration rules. She is not a burden to the government and has private medical insurance. It is outrageous to deport a young person with a serious illness that can only be treated in the U.S. Where has our compassion gone? USCIS should extend Isabel and her family’s deferred action status.”
Petition to The Honorable James Tedesco, Germaine M. Ortiz, Sheriff Anthony Cureton
Bergen County Sheriff and Freeholders: Stop Housing ICE Detainees
Six or eight paragraphs could be used here, just to describe the tip of the iceberg as to why our nation's immigration policies are broken, but most of us have a general idea of what facets of it need to updated, improved, enforced, or no longer enforced. Phasing out Bergen County Sheriff’s contract with ICE to detain immigrants at the Bergen County Jail helps our county, and will be a net positive for our state. New Jersey's counties need to work toward putting an end to enabling the immoral and often illegal actions of the current administration's policies which deal with migrants and asylum seekers at all of our ports of entries and border crossings. Late in 2018, Hudson County Freeholders voted to allow their current ICE contract, which currently imprisons about 650 immigration detainees, to expire in 2020.Many advocacy groups -- including the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, have long been in favor of ending the contract to house detainees in Hudson County. At the time, Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea was one of the voices against continuing the practice, telling the Star Ledger, "Whatever anyone says about not closing the facility, their first motivation is the money," O'Dea said. The current Bergen County contract brings in what eventually becomes significant operating revenue, helping to balance budgets by separating families and detaining approximately 500 immigrants in inhumane conditions. Recently, an incumbent Bergen County Freeholder's response to a related inquiry was, "...the County Administration, has stated several times on the record at our public meetings that Bergen County is not a for-profit entity." Those who state that the Bergen County Jail is "profiting" off if these agreements with ICE & US Marshals are not meant to be taken literally, so please allow for a clarification: There is a strong belief that the moneys received by Bergen County on a monthly and annual basis is significantly more than the cost to house and care for the detainees. Any excess funds provided to the county for the care of detainees must only be used for the purpose which BC contracted for. Bergen County's County Executive and Sheriff have provided no documentation to demonstrate the contrary, but are encouraged to provide the costs of providing the current sub-par care. Bergen's contract appears to call for $110 per day per detainee to go to the county, but during 2019 we have seen that these immigrants are often not being provided with a clean, healthy, and livable conditions. According to WNYC, the county is on pace to collect about $15 million this year toward the Sheriff's department's $80 million annual budget. Saying that they are not in the detainee business for financial reasons would be disingenuous at the least.I In the last year, we have seen a teenage mother separated from her 2-year-old child as soon as she turned eighteen, we have seen detainees not be allowed to "hug" their family visitors, and at one point disallowed visitation privileges. This past summer, the air conditioning was out for significant periods of time. With one part-time doctor, who is apparently not fluent in Spanish, the only provider of medical care at the Jail, we also saw an outbreak of mumps and subsequent quarantine of the Bergen facility. Other counties housing immigration detainees saw similar mumps outbreaks. Detainees are not being provided sufficient time with their attorneys, or sufficient exercise and sunshine time, as well as poor food and nutrition options. If detainees are being held for more than 30 days, for whatever reason, they should be provided with ESL classes as needed, as well as group therapy sessions to deal with the anxiety and depression which would be expected in such cases. Responses from county officials in the last year or so, including from previous Sheriff Michael Saudino, stated that the detainees would receive better care at Bergen County Jail than elsewhere in the region. While many advocates agree that his statement is likely accurate, they feel that it is still not a sufficient reason to encourage the disgraceful policies of the current administration by accepting their money and making it easier for them to achieve their goals. It is not a reason to profit off of policies which most citizens in New Jersey disagree with. The detention of immigrants who are not being held on criminal charges, is a clear violation of the Bill of Rights' guarantee that no one is to be deprived of liberty without a criminal charge. The detention of detainees who came to this country with valid claims of political asylum which should have been handled as such, are also criminal and immoral. The ICE deportation and detention system can only continue to function with the cooperation of state and local authorities. The fewer places available for ICE to hold detainees, the fewer detainees will be held, the more difficult to continue these policies. Also feel free to contact Bergen County elected leaders to provide your feedback: County Executive James Tedesco: email@example.com (201)336-7300 Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton2 Bergen County PlazaHackensack, New Jersey 07601 Phone: 201-336-3500 Bergen County Board of Chosen FreeholdersOne Bergen County Plaza • 5th Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076Ph: 201-336-6526 Click here for BC Freeholders' e-mail addresses We believe the phase-out of Bergen County's contract with ICE needs to commence immediately and with care: work in collaboration with community advocates for immigrants to prepare for their relocation. develop a phase-out strategy that allows detainees the opportunity to see their legal counsel and families, while improving their living conditions. perform physical, dental, and mental wellness checks on the detainees monthly, for those detainees being held for more than 30 days. Thank you for considering signing this petition, and/or looking further into this important issue.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, USCIS, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Asylum for the Victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and the Abacos
The pictures and photos of Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos are finally circulating after the complete and utter devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. In unprecedented fashion, the islands were pummeled with wind gusts of up to 220 mph for 48 hours as the Category 5 storm stalled out directly on top of the small island nation. While the death toll is unknown at this time, it is clear that most if not all infrastructure, homes, and businesses have been completely wiped out for the remaining survivors. Some experts say that it may take decades for the islands to be rebuilt. Others do not believe the islands will ever be truly rebuilt, due to the monumental amount of investment needed and current risk of developing the islands considering the current climate crisis and conditions. For those that survived, it appears that they will have no place to live or go for at least the significant future, if ever again. For many across the United States, especially in the State of Florida, the Bahamas have always been an outlet to escape the stresses and concerns of our day to day lives. However, it is now our turn to help them relieve their unimaginable stresses and heartbreaks. This is why I am proposing that the U.S. government approve a temporary asylum process to all victims of Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos. If our country can provide asylum to individuals across the world and thousands of miles away, we assuredly can do it for our neighbors that are a mere 70 miles away, who speak our language, understand our way of life, and who are suffering from far greater tragedies. Currently in the State of Florida, there are hundreds if not thousands of abandoned shopping plazas and facilities that are sitting empty. I submit that these unused facilities could be revitalized and turned into temporary housing for our neighbors who have now lost everything. Not only would we be helping victims of arguably the worst catastrophe in modern history, but this investment in revitalizing these dilapidated buildings would also benefit the owners of these properties and invigorate neighboring communities. The Bahamian spirit is captivating and joyful. Lets make sure it stays that way. Please consider signing this petition in hopes that our government will understand that the United States wants to help shelter the Bahamian people until their homes can be restored. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services, E. Scott Lloyd
Last summer, the Trump administration separated nearly 3,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border when they instituted a new “zero tolerance” policy. A San Diego judge ordered the administration to #ReuniteEveryChild, however lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge that the Trump administration has taken nearly 1,000 migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border since the judge ordered the end to the administration’s family separation policy! Our federal government is inflicting harm and trauma upon these children through this mistreatment. Experts in child welfare have been clear, these separations are traumatic and have lifelong consequences for the children and their families. At Define American, we are asking everyone, especially journalists, to demand a plan from the administration to immediately #ReuniteEveryChild with their parents on U.S. soil. Will you sign on and demand that the Trump Administration must immediately #ReuniteEveryChild?
Petition to The Hon. Prime Minister of India,
Dual citizenship for Overseas Indians
Dual citizenship for Overseas Indians Campaign “The benchmarks for success, which the Pravasi community has set, are a challenge for us in India. They make us examine why the Indian is so much more innovative, productive and successful abroad than in his own country. They prod us to create a business, investment and economic climate, which is as conducive to success as anywhere else in the world. I assure you we are fully committed to creating such an environment in India” - Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister of India) 9 January 2003 Inaugural address at the Pravsi Bharathiya Sammelan, New Delhi. Preamble:With over 15.6 million Indians living overseas, India has the world’s largest diaspora. However, the Indian constitution does not permit dual citizenship to its emigrants. The following are the advantages of granting dual citizenship: Advantages to Indians residing abroad Political rights - Right to vote, be a Member of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council or Parliament, hold Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of the Supreme Court or High Court, etc. Property rights - Acquire agricultural or plantation properties in India. Constitutional posts - Entitled for appointment to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or the State. Sentimental attachment - Voluntarily acquiring a foreign citizenship does not make the emigrants any less Indian. While they go abroad in search of new opportunities, they must not be seen as “people who lack allegiance to the Republic of India.” Advantages to the country of descent Retain authority and loyalty from its emigrants Increased remittances Political contribution Lobby with other countries to foster alliances Stimulate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Tap into human resource capital International advantages Promote international mobility and integrated economies Global trend is moving away from viewing ‘nationality’ as an exclusive status to that which enables free flow of trade and investment. Simplify many laws and regulations that otherwise pose a hindrance to economic integration. Sculpture younger and next generation kids as future ambassadors of India to the World in - Culture, Academics, Research, Service (NGOs), Thanks Foundation for Democratic Reforms https://www.fdrindia.org/ Foundation for Democratic Reforms (India) For More info – Jawahar Kambhampati firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego, CA USA
Petition to migrationsminister , Förvaltningsrätten , Migrationsverket, Sveriges Riksdag, Migrationsdomstolar , Sveriges Domstolar, European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
درخواست پناهجویان دولت سوئد برای تسهیل در امور پناهندگی
HÖR VÅR RÖST! This text have written by 3 languages (Persian,Swedish,English) مهاجرت دو دلیل اصلی دارد: اول فرار برای نجات دوم هجرت برای اصلاح و شرایط بهتر. برای اعضا گروه "بشنو صدای ما را" دلیل دوم بیشتر صدق میکند چون اعضا این گروه از منطقه ای می آیند که به علت ثروت منطقه ای که در آن زندگی میکردند غالبا از حداقل امکانات رفاهی برخوردار بوده اند و به جرات میتوان گفت اکثریت اعضا این گروه که درخواست پناهندگی داده اند فراریان از وطنی هستند که که برای نجات جان و دستیابی به امنیت جانی و روحی روانی خود مجبور به ترک زندگی شان شده اند چه آنان که مخالف سیاست حاکم بر کشور خود هستند و پناهنده سیاسی نام دارند و چه آنان که به خاطر عقیده و مذهب به عنوان پناهنده مذهبی و چه فعالان اجتماعی. در مورد پناهنده مذهبی و اجتماعی لازم به توضیح است که حکومتهای اسلامی با وضع قوانین ضد انسانی به اسم دین تا جایی پیش رفته اند که اگر هر فردی به هر دلیلی تغییر دین دهد ملحد و مرتد نامیده شده و بر اساس قانون اسلام چنین شخصی دیگر اجازه زندگی کردن ندارد و در موارد اجتماعی نیز هر شخصی که نظر مخالفی بر ضد قوانین حکومتی دارد با کوچکترین اعتراضی محکوم به بیشترین مجازات است. تمام مراجع بین الملل و کشورهای حامی حقوق بشر از آمار و ارقام محکومان زندانیان ادعایمان شکنجه های جسمی و روحی و ظلمهایی که حاکمان حکومتهای استبدادی مخصوصا جمهوری اسلامی بر ما روا داشته است اطلاع دارند هر چند که این آگاهی شاید درصد خیلی کمی از آمار واقعی باشد چون حکومت اسلامی با رهبری دیکتاتور بزرگ آن، که حتی اسمش در کتابهای درسی سوئد به عنوان دیکتاتور قید شده است برای وجهه بین المللی خود از انتشار آمار دقیق خودداری کرده و می کند و حتی این اعمال غیر انسانی تا حدی پیش رفته است که شکنجه روحی و روانی مردم را تحت حوادث طبیعی و غیر طبیعی نیز به مردم اعمال میکند. ماده ۱۴ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر میگوید: “هر کسی حق دارد در برابر تعقیب شکنجه و آزار پناهندگی جستجو کند و در کشورهای دیگر پناه اختیار کند.؛” پناهندگانی که از ترس جان و برای امنیت جانی روانی و اجتماعی خود درخواست پناهندگی داده اند به علت تفاوت در قانون و فرهنگ کشور جدید معمولا در ابتدای مسیر دچار چالش میشوند ولی این در حالی است که موفقیت ایرانیان در جامعه سوئد نشانگر آنست که این قشر از جامعه یعنی ایرانیان خیلی سریعتر توانسته اند با جامعه سوئد ادغام شوند اما متاسفانه آمار نشان داده است که در سالهای اخیر درصد قبولی پناهندگان ایرانی به طرز چشم گیری کاهش داشته است. ما عده ای از پناهجویان کشور سوئد تحت عنوان گروه "بشنو صدای ما را" تماما برای نجات جان خود از دیکتاتوری فردی و دیکتاتوری اجتماعی به علت شرایط سخت زندگی ،روحی و روانی چه در گذشته و چه هم اکنون به دلیل شرایط سخت زندگی پناهجویی و گذراندن مسیرهای دشوار برای رسیدن به منطقه امن و مشکلات مربوط به طولانی بودن پروسه پناهجویی تا دریافت جواب مثبت از دولت سوئد،تقاضا داریم: 1- با ما رفتار مناسب و در شآن انسانی شود. 2- هر کدام از ما در پرونده پناهجویی خود به دلائل گوناگون از جمله عدم تخصص مسئول پرونده یا سیاستهای اشتباه اداره مهاجرت یا نا آگاهی از قوانین یا ترجمه نادرست توسط مترجمان ضعیف یا عدم تطابق فرهنگی موجود در کشورها یا ... دارای اشکال هستیم لذا از دولتمردان سوئد تقاضامندیم پرونده پناهجویی همه مارا در هر وضعیتی که هست (بازمنفی بسته)مجددا و در کوتاه ترین زمان به جریان انداخته و توسط افراد متخصص و آگاه به امور پناهجویی و شرایط روز جهانی بررسی عادلانه نمایند. تاکید میکنیم بررسی عادلانه آگاهانه و تخصصی پرونده تمام اعضای این گروه در هر وضعیتی و در کوتاهترین زمان. 3- تمامی اعضا به قوانین کشور سوئد پایبند هستیم ولی برای رسیدن به هدف خود که دریافت اقامت از کشور سوئد هست در راستای قانون و تا هر حدی که مجاز باشیم زیر پرچم سوئد با حمایت سازمانهای بین المللی حقوق بشر با استفاده از قوانین مجاز اجتماعی و حمایت رسانه های سراسری تصمیم به اجرا و راهبرد اعتراضهای پلکانی و در فرمهای مختلف گرفته ایم. لذا از سازمانهای مربوط درخواست میکنیم ظرف مدت 3 هفته پس از ارسال، پاسخ این درخواست را به صورت کتبی به نمایندگان ما داده شود. درخواست ما این است به صدای ما گوش دهید و پاسخ مارا عادلانه و بشر دوستانه بدهید. “بني آدم اعضاي يك يكديگرند که در آفرینش ز یک گوهرند چو عضوی به درد آورد روزگار دگر عضوها را نماند قرار تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی” با احترام HÖR VÅR RÖST تماس با ما: email@example.com National escape has two basic causes: To save life and to strive for a secure future. This is the situation for the members of the group "Hör Vår Röst(Hear our voice)". The group consists of refugees who, in general, come from socio-economic circumstances where they enjoyed relatively good living conditions for the refuge. The majority are either political refugees seeking asylum to save their lives or individuals who have been forced to flee as they have a belief that is not tolerated by the governing in their home countries. Regarding asylum seekers who have converted to another religion, it can be mentioned that the sharia laws of several Islamic regimes regard all such individuals as heretics and thus have affected their eligibility. A third group is the civil society actors whose social involvement leads to high penalties in the home countries. Both international bodies and countries where human rights are applied have knowledge of the statistics of all inhumanly cruel judgments that tyrannical regimes, such as the Islamic regime in Iran, have exposed us to. However, these data constitute only a fraction of the actual figures when such regimes, whose leaders are referred to as dictators in Swedish textbooks, do not report reality-based statistics. According to the 14th article in the Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution and torture. Refugees who take refuge in other countries initially encounter some adaptation difficulties. It should be noted that Iranians have shown an incredible pace of integration into Swedish society. Despite this, the proportion of Iranians granted asylum has fallen drastically in recent years. This is a statistic for a country, but it expresses a general trend where asylum reasons are being taken less seriously and a higher threshold for residence permits being granted. The asylum process has also become increasingly lengthy in recent years and now means an inhumanly long desert walk for a large number of people with strong reasons and great fears. Today, Sweden directly violates EU law with processing times and an investigation has been launched by the EU Commission to investigate Sweden's delinquency We are a group of asylum seekers who have formed “Hör Vår RöstHear our voice)”. Common to all of us is that we were forced to flee to save our lives and escape inhumane hardships. This escape was in itself surrounded by great trauma. The long wait for asylum seekers in Sweden has also been characterized by difficult circumstances. We therefore appeal to the Swedish Government to: 1- We shall be treated with human dignity. 2- Please note that our asylum cases may have been affected by difficulties caused by both the lack of competence of the officers and our lack of knowledge as well as the interpreter's lower skills or cultural clashes. Therefore, our affairs, regardless of status, should be reviewed in order to obtain, in the shortest possible time, a fair treatment of competent officials who possess skills in both refugee and international knowledge. 3- All members of the Group respect Sweden's laws. Therefore, we will use all legal steps to achieve our goal of being granted asylum in Sweden. We will thus seek support from both bodies defending the right of asylum and mass media. Therefore, we ask you to review this and get a response within 3 weeks from today's date. We appeal for our voices to be heard and for a positive and fair decision to come our way. “Human beings are members of a whole In creation of one essence and soul If one member is afflicted with pain Other members uneasy will remain If you have no sympathy for human pain The name of human you cannot retain” Sincerely Hör Vår Röst contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org Landsflykt har två grundorsaker: Att rädda livet och att sträva efter en trygg framtid Detta är situationen för medlemmarna ur gruppen ”Hör vår röst”. Gruppen består av flyktingar från som, i allmänhet, kommer från socioekonomiska omständigheter där de åtnjöt relativt goda livsvillkor för flykten. Majoriteten är antingen politiska flyktingar som söker asyl för att rädda sina liv eller individer som tvingats gå i landsflykt då de har en trosuppfattning som inte tolereras av de styrande i sina hemländer. Beträffande asylsökande som konverterat till annan religion kan det nämnas att flera islamiska regimers sharia-lagar betraktar alla sådana individer som kättare och därmed har avverkat sitt existensberättigande. En tredje grupp är civilsamhällets aktörer vars sociala engagemang leder till höga straff i hemländerna. Såväl internationella instanser som länder där mänskliga rättigheter tillämpas, har kännedom om statistiken över alla omänskligt grymma domar som tyranniska regimer, som exempelvis det islamiska styret i Iran, har utsatt oss för. Emellertid utgör dessa uppgifter enbart en bråkdel av de verkliga siffrorna då sådana regimer, vars ledare benämns som diktator i svenska skolböcker, inte redovisar verklighetsförankrad statistik. Enligt 14;e artikel i deklarationen om de mänskliga rättigheterna har envar rätt att söka asyl undan förföljelse och tortyr. Flyktingar som tar sin tillflykt till andra länder möter en del anpassningssvårigheter initialt. Beaktas bör att iranier har visat en otrolig integrationstakt i det svenska samhället. Detta till trots har andelen iranier som beviljats asyl minskat drastiskt under senare år. Detta är en statistik för ett land, men som ger uttryck för en allmän trend där asylskäl tas allt mindre på allvar och en högre tröskel för att uppehållstillstånd skall beviljas. Asylprocessen har även under senaste åren blivit allt längre och innebär nu en omänskligt lång ökenvandring för ett stort antal personer med starka skäl och stor rädsla. Idag bryter Sverige direkt mot EU-rätten med handläggningstider och en utredning har inletts av EU-kommissionen för att utreda Sveriges brottsliga senfärdighet. Vi är en grupp asylsökande som bildat ”Hör vår röst”. Gemensamt för oss alla är att vi tvingats till landsflykt för att rädda våra liv och undkomma omänskliga umbäranden. Denna flykt har i sig omgärdats av stora trauman. Den långa väntan som asylsökande i Sverige har också präglats av svåra omständigheter. Därför vädjar vi till den svenska regeringen att: 1- Vi ska behandlas med mänsklig värdighet. 2- Beaktas att våra asylärenden kan ha drabbats av svårigheter orsakade av såväl handläggares bristfälliga kompetens och våra bristande kunskaper som tolkens lägre kompetens eller kulturkrockar. Därför ska våra ärenden, oavsett status, ses över för att under kortast möjliga tid få en rättvis handläggning av kompetenta tjänstemän som besitter färdigheter om både flyktingskap och omvärldskunskap. 3- Gruppens alla medlemmar respekterar Sveriges lagar. Därför kommer vi att använda oss av alla legala steg för att uppnå vårt mål som är att beviljas asyl i Sverige. Vi kommer sålunda att söka stöd hos såväl instanser som försvarar asylrätten som massmedier. Därför ber vi er om att granska detta och få respons inom 3 veckor från dagens datum. Vi vädjar om att våra röster ska bli hörda och att ett positivt och rättvist beslut ska komma vår väg. “Människor är medlemmar i en helhet I skapandet av en essens och en själ Om en medlem drabbas av smärta Övriga medlemmar kommer att vara kvar Om du inte har sympati för mänsklig smärta Namnet på människan kan du inte behålla” Med Vänliga Hälsningar Hör Vår Röst Kontakt oss: email@example.com
Petition to USCIS , Jared Polis
Pardon and Bring Home a Husband & Grandfather after UNFAIR Deportation!!
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.
Petition to all people of good will
Stop Deportation - Give Ermin and His Family Path to Legal Status
THIS IS NOT A FUNDRAISER - DO NOT CONTRIBUTE MONEY We need you to sign this petition and share it with as many people as possible - DO NOT contribute any money, please. Ermin Bektasevic, our friend, neighbor, colleague and humanitarian was detained by immigration and his deportation is imminent. We, undersigned here would like to petition to his immigration officer and immigration judge in his case to give him another chance and allow him to stay in the US and join his family. All of us who know him, one way or the other, can attest to his good nature, stellar character and outmost regard for others. Ermin and his family have contributed a great deal to our community at large and are one of the most active volunteers and donors to various charitable causes. Law-abiding citizens, Ermin, his wife Alma and their two daughters ages 19 and 16, deserve a chance at American Dream as they are the epiphany of one. Escaping the war in Bosnia, they found their second home here in New York as loyal and model citizens. Their moral character and integrity are values that we look for in every American. If given the opportunity, Ermin can continue being an exceptional citizen, and a great member of our society and this great country. He has always inspired those around him. His positive energy, a smile on his face and willingness to lend a hand to others have made him one of the most beloved members of the greater Bosnian and Balkan community. His generosity knows no bounds... He was always first when a community choir needed funding and uniforms, he participated financially and volunteered physical labor when several community centers were being built. Ermin was the one who started many of the humanitarian relief programs, whether it be for sick children and orphans, student scholarship funds for the underprivileged, or hungry kids in Africa. Everyone that knows him, knows him as a great humanist who brings out the best in people around him. We are appealing for his release and the opportunity to legally settle his immigration status in the US. HELP US KEEP ERMIN AND HIS FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES.