Petition to Department of Homeland Security
Stop tearing families apart
The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.
Petition to Bill Schuette, Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security, Gary C. Peters
Keep Francis Anwana, a deaf and disabled immigrant, in the United States
Francis Anwana is a deaf and disabled Nigerian immigrant who came to the United States of America on a student visa when was just 14 years old. Once enrolled at the Michigan School for the Deaf, Francis was taught sign language and given resources for his cognitive disability which were not afforded to him in his native Nigeria. Francis is now 48, lives in an adult foster care facility and works small jobs at a church in Detroit. He has said he's happy here. Michigan has been his home for 34 years. Nigeria is not a country he has been accustomed to since he was a teenager. On September 5th, ICE notified Francis that he would be deported on September 11th. Advocates were able to delay his deportation and set a meeting with immigration officials. Several years ago, Francis' visa was not renewed because caretakers lost track of his case since he was frequently moved around group homes. Due to his disability, he reads at a second-grade level. Francis depends on the help of others to initiate and aid in his residential status proceedings. Several attempts have been made to achieve citizenship for Francis, which he has been denied and instead placed in deportation proceedings. An attempt was also made to seek asylum based on the conditions people with disabilities are treated in Nigeria, but he was denied. (Link below on how the disabled are treated in Nigeria) Francis has no criminal record and has been compliant with ICE officials. Join us in telling ICE officials and elected officials that the deportation of Francis Anwana would be inhumane. To deport him would mean taking him from the resources and community where he has been allowed to flourish, only to release him into an environment in which he would not be able to receive proper medical care and treatment. Deportation would mean treating his disability as a crime. Please sign and share our petition to help Francis remain in the USA. Resources: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/09/08/deaf-immigrant-deportation-francis-anwana/1226728002/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5433448/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/1243524002
Petition to President of the United States
Children don't belong in cages
The Trump administration is trying to indefinitely imprison immigrant families and children in cages. If he is successful, we’re going to see babies celebrating birthday after birthday from behind a chain link fence – all because their families tried to escape unspeakable violence in their home countries. Join our campaign to end long-term, indefinite detention of immigrant children. Earlier this year, the Trump administration enacted a “zero tolerance” policy, prosecuting and detaining immigrant adults for the “crime” of crossing the U.S. border. Because of a 1997 settlement called Flores, children are not allowed to be detained in prison-like environments such as adult detention facilities for more than 20 days. But now Trump’s new Executive Order would allow for immigrant children to be held in detention indefinitely. The separation of families fleeing violence is cruel and inhumane – but keeping babies in cages indefinitely is much worse. Immigrant detention centers are unsafe for any human being. In the past few years several allegations have surfaced of abuse and sexual assault against detention center guards and we know that people in detention are denied access to basic healthcare services. Already adults are held in these facilities for months on end; it is unimaginable that children would find themselves growing up in these prison-like facilities. If we want to keep families together we should stop prosecuting their parents for making the same decision we would all make: fleeing to the U.S. border to keep our children safe from violence at home. Children don’t belong in cages. Sign our petition to keep them out of long-term detention.
Petition to Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Health and Human Services, immigration and customs inforcement, Kurt Schrader, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden
Reunite Detained Immigrant Children with their Parents
As of July 20, 2018 close to 3,000 children were separated from their parents by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) while attempting to cross the Mexico-USA border and the US government doesn't have a definite plan to unite them. Parents and children have been told that they will likely never see one another again. Suicide attempts have been noted among children and parents separated from their loved ones. Immigrant children are forced to stay in cages, completely isolated from the outside world. Many cry themselves to sleep, begging to see their parents. Several hundred cases of sexual abuse by immigration officials have been reported by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). As citizens of the United States of America, we will not tolerate such cruelty on behalf of our government against immigrants, many of who are seeking asylum from violence, war and atrocity in their home country. Limited communication between the Department of Health and Human Services, ICE, and ORR (Office of Refugee Resettlement) has been to blame for making family reunification practically impossible. We demand that the US government get it's act together, take every step necessary to immediately unite parent and child, and avoid further suffering. For More Information Please Click the Link Below: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border
Petition to Mitch O'Farrell
Help Super Pan Bakery of Virgil Village Get More Time to Relocate
Super Pan Bakery has served as a hallmark of the East Hollywood and Virgil Village community for over 20 years. In a community of immigrant families where the majority of family members work at or below minimum wage, items and prices like those of the bakery not only represent culture, but protect it, providing a sense of place for young and ‘old’ residents of the neighborhood alike. Earlier this year, the landlord of the space where Super Pan is located sold the property to another owner, though not without falsely stating to the incoming owner that Doña Elvia and her family had only occupied the space for just two years prior. On August 16, 2018, the new ownership of the space abruptly gave Doña Elvia and her family a 60 day Notice to Terminate Tenancy. At the time of this writing, the family now has less than 19 days to leave their 20-year-old bakery, where Doña Elvia’s children and even grandchildren have grown up. The 60 Days they were given to relocate are not enough to move out 20 years’ worth of memories, items, and other belongings of theirs, and we know we can at least get an extension for the Panaderia to move out until the end of this year in December.We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens and constituents who urge Mitch O’Farrell, the local councilman representative for East Hollywood, whose stated mission is to uphold the quality of life for our neighborhood, to act now to help Super Pan Bakery get until December to relocate.
Petition to Thomas Brophy
Sugrat Mohamed should be released from immigration detention!
Sugrat Mohamed was detained on February 20 during a routine check-in appointment at the ICE office in Manchester NH. Sugrat arrived to the US as a six year old child, fleeing war-torn Sudan with his mother and siblings. In the more than 20 years he has lived here, his home country has split into two and remains divided in a bitter war. Following an order of deportation several years ago, ICE detained him twice while they tried, unsuccessfully, to deport him to Sudan. He has been checking in regularly to his deportation officer for five years, and in that time he has become a father and breadwinner for his family. To be suddenly detained yet again so that ICE can try again to secure travel documents for him, from a country that does not recognize him as a citizen, is cruel and pointless. His family wants him home with them so that they can be together for whatever time they have left. Please contact ICE to demand that Sugrat be released from detention, and be allowed to await his deportation at home with his family in Manchester, NH. Tell them that Sugrat should be at home with his family, and that his detention is unnecessary and cruel since he is complying with ICE's attempt to remove him.
Petition to Charles E. Schumer, Charles E. Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders
Keep Reza Teshnizi in the United States
From Reza: "My name is Reza Teshnizi, a resident of the United States of America. I have been working towards obtaining a work visa in the US. However, on August 20th, my H1B petition was denied, thus forcing me to leave the country. I am writing to you to humbly ask for your support in my immigration case. I am a 28-year-old young professional and a citizen of Iran. I grew up in a lower class family with the hardship of a country under a war. I made it my own goal to make every possible effort to move to the United States of America for my graduate studies; in 2013, I achieved my dream of a living in a society where fairness and equality are of paramount value. In which 'all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.' I was admitted to the Computer Science graduate program in Texas A&M University. I moved to the United States with just enough money to support myself for a few months. I worked diligently to prove my best work ethic because I believed in this country. I had faith that hard work would not remain unnoticed. I published multiple papers in top research conferences and, as a result, my advisor offered me a position as a PhD candidate. I was thrilled by this opportunity! However, I felt responsible for supporting my siblings financially and their own dreams. So, I decided to start my career as a Software Engineer. I was keen to outshine and made it my personal goal to be promoted to managerial positions in my firm within five years. After working earnestly, I achieved my goal in less than three years when I was promoted to team lead in New York. It is devastatingly heartbreaking that after working hard and making my best efforts to prove my worth, my lifelong dream is vanishing before my eyes. As George Washington said 'the bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.' I am humbly asking you to help me in my immigration case as I have done everything in my power to prove my merits to this great nation. I sincerely appreciate your time for reading this letter. Best regards,Reza Teshnizi" For many, the American Dream is long dead. Too far removed from the struggles of our ancestors, our comfort dulls awareness of the depths to which men can suffer. Our grandparents Dreamed that we could have a better life than the strife they escaped. American citizens enjoy security and choice which is rare in history. For Reza, the American Dream is dying. Please help him preserve it.
Petition to Johns Hopkins University
Support Dr. Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel and all displaced workers
Dr. Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel is a Digital Scholarship Specialist and Adjunct Professor of Digital Humanities at Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, where she has been working for the past 5 years. She is an important and valued member of our university, providing leadership in building our digital humanities community, helping our patrons and staff develop much-needed skills in this area, and maintaining a crucial link between the library and the faculty, students and staff we serve. Due to recent changes to US immigration policy, Tamsyn is being forced to move back to the UK, where she holds citizenship. She has been given less than two weeks to dispose of her house, home, and nearly all of her possessions. The university has declined to assist her with a Green Card and work permit application and the library has decided not to hold her position open until a more just solution might be found. Tamsyn was fully prepared to repay the university for help with the visa and to use her 403b retirement savings to live on while the process went through in order to keep the job and life she valued. We, the undersigned, protest the policies of our government, and all such policies, which callously damage lives such as Tamsyn's, and communities such as ours. These policies claim to protect our interests, but instead impoverish us of the wealth we find in our diversity. We call upon the university, its peer institutions, and all employers, to sponsor all workers who face displacement. To fail to do so is to surrender a much-needed tool for resisting the ongoing assault to the values that are the bedrock of our society. We call upon the library and all workplaces to hold open the positions of all workers who are being torn from their livelihoods and their lives by these policies. To carry on with business as usual is to signal that the contributions of our international colleagues are not a valued and vital part of our work and culture. We call upon all workers to raise our voices in support of Tamsyn and all those who are being mistreated in our names. Every worker matters. We are better than this.