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immigration reform

8 petitions

Started 1 day ago

Petition to home office

Support the Stansted 15 - End Deportation Flights

My name is Angela MacKeith. This is me and my daughter May. She is one of fifteen human rights activists who have just been convicted of a terror offence for taking peaceful action to stop a deportation charter flight. She and her friends face a prison sentence. The ProblemThe ‘Stansted 15’ have been convicted of ‘endangering an aerodrome’ under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 - a terrorism related law. The use of this draconian legislation is disproportionate and a clear abuse of power.Helen, Joe, Lyndsay, Ben, Mel, Nathan, Laura, Jo, Nick, Ali, Eddie, Emma, May, Ruth and Melanie chained themselves around a deportation charter flight bound for Nigeria and Ghana in March 2017 in the sincere belief that they were preventing the sixty people on board from coming to harm.As a result of their ten hour blockade, eleven people - including victims of trafficking recognised under the Modern Slavery Act - are still here in the UK with their loved ones. This group of ordinary people took extraordinary and peaceful action in the knowledge that they were saving lives. But now they face prison sentences.It is the UK government’s brutal and unjust ‘hostile environment’ which should be found guilty of endangering human lives, and not the peaceful efforts of fifteen people to keep them safer. The UK is the only country in Europe to lock up people with uncertain immigration status indefinitely. 3000 people are incarcerated in immigration prisons in the UK at any one time. The UK is one of the few countries to make up the numbers on chartered planes with deportees whose legal cases are still unresolved. The Windrush scandal has shown us that the UK immigration system violates human rights. The Home Office constantly racially profiles; uses unfair targets; and victimises and expels people who have the right to live here. The Solution We call on the UK government to end its inhumane hostile environment policies and to end its barely legal and shameful practice of deportation charter flights. We also call for the Stansted 15 to be spared prison. They did not aim to inconvenience people, and this arduous trial has had such a profound impact on the defendants’ lives that they are unlikely to take such action again.The Stansted 15 are a credit to human rights. They and their intentions should be supported, not punished.

Angela MacKeith
32,127 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to The United States Senate, President of the United States, The US House of Representatives

Petition To Fix Our Broken Immigration System

  We are calling on Congress to pass an omnibus bill as a requisite first step toward fixing our broken immigration system.  US immigration has long reached a crisis point. Immigration processes remain inexplicably impractical, inhumane, unfair and anachronistic. Human rights violations are widespread while banks and private prisons profit immensely from the suffering that the system itself creates. Additionally, we now have a population of 12 million undocumented immigrants who fell through the cracks of immigration pathways that were designed to readily accept European and other "desired" immigrants, while immigrant families from so-called "shit hole" countries are forced to "wait in line" for years - or decades in some cases. A businessman in Norway may decide to move to America on a whim and still get his green card for residency sooner than someone from a so-called "shit hole" country, who was already "waiting in line" for 9 years prior. An Irish immigrant family is able to navigate our immigration pathways without much inconveniences and zero fear of having their child taken away from them. Meanwhile, "undesirable" immigrants are separated from their families like chattel, even if they are already a permanent resident or have legally applied for asylum. We are concerned that President Trump's designation of some countries as "shit hole" countries and some immigrants as "animals", accurately reflects the age-old prejudices that have informed and continue to inform our immigration laws. We are concerned that current enforcement tactics create even more human suffering, pours more profits into the pockets of benefit banks and private prisons operators - and does little to address the real problems. Moreover, many of us are asking about the elephants in the room - what happens to the 12 million undocumented immigrants who are already here? Will our deportation force remove them all? Whose interest does it serve to keep millions of immigrants in limbo while delaying the passing of an omnibus, comprehensive immigration bill - thus eliminating piecemeal, ad hoc responses to the multiplier impact of our broken system? Comprehensive immigration reform provides an unprecedented opportunity to redesign the US immigration experience while creating new pathways for those immigrants who have built their lives here and continue to contribute to the country's leadership as a fair, just, equitable and enterprising nation. The time has come for our elected representatives in Congress to honor their commitment to immigration justice. Without comprehensive immigration reform, there will be more incidents of state-sanctioned child kidnappings, indefinite imprisonment of families, separation of families and abuse of due process. The longer we take to pass comprehensive immigration reform, the more desperate our responses will become. We are asking Congress to pass an omnibus bill that: Ends family detention and separation Provides pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in America Translates a clean Dream Act into law Identifies and eliminates current pitfalls and prejudices in our immigration system Replaces I.C.E with a more humane and transparent enforcement agency Comprehensive immigration reform proposals have been debated by Congress for years, so too has pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. It's time to turn these discussions into meaningful action. A responsible, humane and rational immigration system IS possible. ----

Migrant Solidarity Campaign
15 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, United Nations, Human Rights Campaign, President of the United States, Republican National Committee, Democratic National Committee, Ted Cruz, Jeff Flake, Andy Biggs, Darin Mitchell, John Allen, Sally Gonzales, John McCain, Doug Ducey, Paul A. Gosar, Raul M. Grijalva, David Schweikert, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, Ruben Gallego, Ann Kirkpatrick, Martin J. Quezada, Matt Salmon, Tom O'Halleran, Kimberly Yee, Adam Driggs, Brenda Barton, Nancy Barto, David Gowan, Kate Brophy McGee, Steve Yarbrough, Steve Smith, Olivia Cajero Bedford, Rosanna Gabaldon, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, New Mexico State House, New Mexico State Senate, Susana Martinez, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Ben Ray Lujan, Steve Pearce, Linda M. Lopez, Zachary J. Cook, Carlos R. Cisneros, Steven P. Neville, Gay G. Kernan, Mark Moores, Nancy Rodriguez, Donald Tripp, Richard C. Martinez, Michael Sanchez, Nate Gentry, Brian F. Egolf, Joseph Cervantes, Lorenzo Larranaga, Alonzo Baldonado, Jacob R. Candelaria, Matthew McQueen, Monica Youngblood, Candace Ruth Gould, Cisco McSorley, Mary Kay Papen, Tony Tinderholt, Borris L. Miles, Jeff Leach, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, John Cornyn, City of Austin, Texas, Louie Gohmert, Sheila Jackson Lee, Alma A. Allen, Gene Green, Ted Poe, Al Green, Lamar Smith, Greg Abbott, Joaquin Castro, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Kevin Brady, Henry Cuellar, Joe Barton, Michael T. McCaul, Kay Granger, Lloyd Doggett, Michael C. Burgess, Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Randy K. Weber Sr., Beto O'Rourke, Pete Sessions, Judith Zaffirini, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Jeff sessions, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Taking down Mexican Wall

Having a wall at the border DOES NOT REDUCE illegal immigration, it in fact INCREASES illegal immigration. America needs to start getting their act together understanding the best way is to take down the wall allowing a bridge between Mexico and America to unite as one.  When there is no wall, people from America and Mexico can freely walk across the border at their own free will. Because of how America has tried to strengthen the wall, the level of illegal immigration rises as people moving to and from now have a high probability of being unable to go back to their family and home. This is something that America has not addressed properly which represents incompetency.  Considering the inhumane actions by Jeff Sessions and how Donald Trump has, from time to time again, blamed other parties for his decisions results in one of the worst acts by ANY United States Government. Making a lie the truth, this has resulted in extreme captivity of innocent lives which doesn't seem like this reality is going to dissipate with views of xenophobia/discrimination/racism/torture due to locking up people in caged areas. First most, it's wrong to ANY degree to lock up innocent lives and this shows how much the US Government has gone downhill ever since January 20 2017.  My point is this: No wall means lower Illegal Immigration My point is not this: Having a wall means lower Illegal Immigration America is a nation built up of immigrants and vast migrant history where now is seems as though most Republicans and US Citizens are now advocating a supremacy status. It's wrong to any degree to support Supremacy views considering they're immensely extreme plus it's a definite human right to ensure every... EVERY human being has their choice to live and travel where they want to, not by the command of the US Government. The first step of success to achieve stronger immigration is to take down what divides another country and it's people which being is the wall. Citizens of Mexico flock in and out at their own ability considering some regions are poor in condition as they thrive on living in a better world. THAT IS THE REASON WHY THEY CROSS THE BORDER. If we strengthen the wall, we have just given way to permanently being unable to stop Illegal Immigration once and for all.  If the wall were to be completed, it would have to go through many housing/rivers/trees which means a lot of damage to the environment plus would come at expense of billions if not trillions of dollars. Implementing the wall was a bad idea from the beginning and has made tackling Illegal Immigration more difficult. Having a wall at the border does NOT make things better, it violates human rights and hurts the American economy. As for me not being an American citizen, it's common sense that the best decision is to strip down the wall completely to save our environment and provide security to Mexican citizens as they, as much as anyone, should have their own will to travel freely without authoritarian exhaustion.   *The wall at the border in the middle of America and Mexico needs to be taken down. One should be saying that countries working together is a better result than countries working against each other*

Ray-Park Fisher
24 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to home office, DavidLammy , TheresaMay

Put A Stop To Inhumane Delays With Leave To Remain Applications

The public is yet to grasp the callous immigration policies that plaque the lives of migrants in the UK- the Windrush scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of migrants are stuck in an administrative limbo, waiting years for the Home Office to come to a decision on their application. During these wait times, most migrants are stripped of their rights to the most basic human needs, like the right to healthcare, the right to work and the right to rent. It strips people of not only their livelihood but their mental health and their dignity. Migrants pay up to and over £2000 per settlement application, only to face inhuman and undue delays with their application.  Applicants for Indefinite leave to remain are sent standard letters stating that their application raises issues relating to Human Rights, which means there is no standard processing time. Why are migrants paying extortionate prices for settlement only to be left in a constant state of anxiety and depression with no assurance of when their application is to be decided?  It goes against every fabric of humanity for the Home Office to strip people of their basic human rights while keeping their applications for extended periods of time- This amounts to a breach of their Human Rights as ruled in the recent Court of Appeal case, Secretary of State for the Home Department v Said [2018] EWCA Civ 627, where the Court of Appeal ruled that  delays with immigration decisions went beyond maladministration and were a breach of Human Rights which could lead to substantial compensation. The BBC also ran a series of articles entitled ‘Home Office visa delays ‘inhumane’, examining the financial and emotional pressure many individuals found themselves under, resulting from their personal circumstances and delays in making decisions. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-41096675  Why are migrants, who have legally resided in the U.K. for over 10 years, being stripped of their right to work while their application is being processed?  How does the Home Office expect people to survive with no means of income and no access to healthcare or accommodation? Why has the Home Office still not grasp the  scale of mental distress it is inflicting on migrants by taking a year and over to decide an application? This is all part of the Hostile Environment Policy that was introduced by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May. It is a policy that is passive aggressive and used as a method of psychological oppression, a form of torture - systematically used to pressure people to self deport without any physical interference. It is designed to make the lives of migrants as miserable as possible, the effects of which is seen through mental suffering ,  loss of time, financial loss and loss of livelihood.   It is unfair, Inhumane and very callous for a Government department to inflict such pain on people who have stayed legally in the country for over a decade. The Hostile Environment is designed with a semblance to tackle illegal immigrants but the reality of the matter is that, legal migrants also get caught up in the net. The system is designed to catch legal immigrants, turn them into illegal immigrants and strip them of their basic rights while taking extended periods of time to decide their application for leave to remain.  I thereby humbly ask every single person that has any ounce of humanity in them, to sign this petition on behalf of every single legal migrant that is caught up in the hostile environment, and facing inhumane delays with their leave to remain applications. Show them that they are not suffering in silence and that the Home Office is incompetent and unfit for purpose because of they way it treats migrants with no regard for their Human Rights and Mental Health The Home Office needs to ensure that all applications for leave to remain are decided in a timely manner, and to ensure that applicants whose applications cannot be decided within the standard customer service time to be allowed to work and access health care. It is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT You cannot strip someone of their Human Rights and dignity while taking years to decide their application because MIGRANTS ARE PEOPLE, NOT STATISTICS.   Kindly sign and help us put an end to this inhuman delay of settlement applications              

Tamara Johnson
202 supporters