Topic

immigration policy

20 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Andrew Cuomo

Free SUNY Student Omar Helalat from ICE

Omar Helalat, a Dean's List student of the University at Albany, SUNY, has had his DACA protections revoked and been wrongfully detained by immigration and Customs Enforcement after a faulty court case was brought against him in 2018. He now faces deportation to Jordan, a country he hasn't called home since he was five years old. Governor Andrew Cuomo can pardon Omar, as he has with other immigrants who have, in the governor's own words: "Proved their rehabilitation, but have been unable to gain legal status or fully reenter society due to the stigma of conviction." I went to school with Omar in Rockland County, New York. We grew up just a few blocks from one another, and rode the bus to school together every morning. From the time he joined me in the classroom at age six, I always knew Omar as a warm, friendly, and contributive member to his community. He is a beloved son, brother to three sisters, and friend to countless people. After having difficulties as a student, Omar went to Albany, where he rose to join the ranks of the school's highest academic performers. As his classmate, his neighbor, and a student who knows what it's like to work through difficult personal trials, I am trying to bring my friend home. TO THE HONORABLE GOV. CUOMO: Please help this exceptional young man rejoin the community he has fought so hard to become a part of. We need YOU to pardon Omar so he can go back to being the proud, productive New Yorker he's always been.  Please submit a motion of clemency for Omar Helalat and throw out CASE #: 6:18-cv-06448 immediately.

Noah Daly
24,164 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

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.

Kids In Need of Defense
598,200 supporters