Topic

immigration policy

19 petitions

Update posted 7 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
561,993 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Nathan Deal, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston

Change the policy of separating families at the border

President Trump's recent policies and opinions regarding the separation of families at the border is truly monstrous. Understandably, the topic of immigration in the US has always been controversial and has become even more so with Trump's vocal opinions on the topic, declaring that "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility". His new policies separate immigrant families altogether— an act that anybody with a heart would say that it's a horrible thing to do. Just yesterday, an image of a small child, no older than 6, was forcibly separated from his mother by armed troops. In no country should a child be separated from their parents when attempting to live a better life, certainly not in the United States, which has always been a home for the “tired, [the] poor, the huddled masses…” The issue of illegal immigration is one that should be addressed and dealt with, but not like this. This petition calls to reform the policies that separate children from their parents in order to eliminate the heartbreak and pain that our current policy brings. In order for the process to become easier we have to look at what makes it so hard. Families go through far too many hardships in order to get into the US, to the extent that it almost makes more sense for them to immigrate in illegally. Is it wrong? Of course; however, these people cannot be blamed for their actions. The concept of “anchor babies” isn’t new and it isn’t an easy issue to tackle. Women from Russia and China come to America pregnant, and they deliver their children here in order to skip the immigration line. We hope to avoid immoral and possibly illegal actions being done to live in America. The legislators could attempt a reform to have more resources and allocations be sent to the immigration process. It’s understandable to be tough on immigration laws but there are ways to be tough on immigrants without being cruel. 

Alex Bahk
1,577 supporters