immigration reform

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Petition to Brian Acuna

Jonathan's bro. missing in MX after a shooting. Deportation will leave daughter w/o a dad

Jonathan Mendoza is 18 years old. He was brought to the United States when he was just 8 months old. He has spent the majority of his life as a United States resident. Two years ago, Jonathan welcomed a baby girl into this world, Isabella. At that point, Jonathan dropped out of High School to work full time with his father as a painter to provide for her. Dropping out of high school made Jonathan ineligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Jonathan was okay with that because his daughter needed food, diapers, clothes, and shelter. His plan was to save up enough money and eventually go back to school for his GED. Jonathan's brother, Fernando, was deported in 2016 to Mexico. Four months ago, Fernando was involved in a cartel shooting and has not been seen since, nor has his family heard from him. A report has been filed in Mexico and Jonathan's attorney is working on filing protection paperwork for him. It is evident that if Jonathan is deported, he will have an instant target on his back due to his brother's involvement with the cartels. Out of fear of being deported, Jonathan, a young teen freaked out when he saw police lights behind the vehicle he was driving without a license (unable to get one due to lack of status). The fear of being separated from his daughter made him act irrationally like most American teens. He ran from the police and was eventually caught. Now, Jonathan has been denied bail and is being held by immigration. We understand that people that break laws need to be held accountable. However, the Trump administration's lack of compassion and incompetency to act on a resolution for DREAMers has all of these youth on edge. Jonathan is prepared to pay for this typical teenage behavior but, we ask ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna to allow him to be released on bail so his lawyer can properly file paperwork that will show a deportation will result in death. Jonathan acted as a typical American teenager. His actions do not need to result in the end of his life and the loss of a father of a two-year-old little girl. Please call ICE Assistant Field Office Director Brian Acuna at (504) 599-7868 and ask him to release Jonathan on bail. Sample Script: "Mr. Acuna, My name is ____________, and I’m calling in regards to the case of Jonathan Mendoza. You have denied bail to this 18-year-old who needs to be released to take care of his two-year-old daughter. His daughter is the reason he dropped out of school and is not currently eligible for DACA. Jonathan's brother was deported and has been missing in Mexico for four months. If you deport Jonathan you are signing his death warrant. Please grant Jonathan's bail so he can work with his attorney to file paperwork to ask for discretion."

One Michigan
750 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, Brian Mast, Department of Homeland Security, President of the United States

Cancel Deportation Order Against Pedro Richard Cruz-Ruiz father of two

On December 9th, 2017 my husband's lawyer's office called to deliver the bad news that the lawyer can longer cancel his deportation order that he has been cancelling every year in order to obtain an Employment Authorization Card. My husband and I have been together since September 27th, 2008 we met at No Name Pub in Big Pine Key, Florida. I already had a daughter of age 16 months at that time from a previous very abusive relationship. We fell in love immediately and have been inseparable ever since. We got married in January of 2010 never thinking he would become a legal resident. Pedro also known as Richard was brought here by his father in the year of 2000 illegally to pursue a better life for himself and attend school. He was a minor but yet that fact does not matter all people see is he entered illegally.  When his father was struggling to make enough money for his family Richard decided to quit school and started to work two jobs. He had worked at No Name Pub for over 13 years and also with Winn Dixie for a few years off and on. After we married about 4 years later we decided to just try talking to lawyers and see what we could do. Richard had obtained a license years ago but the paper he signed was agreeing that he would leave after the year was over, Richard was not aware it stated this and signed it because he did not want to drive illegally to and from work. So now we were faced with cancelling that deportation order in order to obtain his employment card which also granted him a social security number as well as a temporary driver's license. Richard and I have been doing this every single year as well as myself requesting he be able to stay forever but that process could take years the lawyer said. After my husband got his social security and license cards he right away knew he wanted to adopt the daughter he had been taking care of for so many years (8 years to be exact) whose father never paid more than $600 in her whole life. So right away we did what needed to be done in order for her to share our last name and it worked! Kylee is now Richard's daughter in all ways. In 2016 we said since Richard is legal now lets try for a baby of our own after waiting 9 years to make sure he would be able to stay in the US. To our surprise it took and Rosabella was born on July 21st, 2017. Our children are our pride and joy and we will do anything to keep our family together. In September of this year we lost all of our belongings to Hurricane Irma and were forced to leave the Florida Keys and reside with my brother until we found our home which we are about to move into December 15th, 2017 but now we do not know what our future holds. I Brianna Cruz cannot work due to no childcare and nursing my newborn baby. My first daughter Kylee can not handle anymore hurt in her life after losing everything this year and uprooting her life. Life without her father in the USA would cause extreme emotional distress. Mentally my daughter is unstable because of the storm and her father in fear of deportation. And myself I deal with PTSD. I also combat chronic depression after my sister was brutally murdered when I was 14 years old also pregnant at that time. My mental state can not handle life without my husband. My husband has also paid his taxes worked two jobs to support us and owns two cars so we can get around to all of my doctor appointments. He would give his friends and family the shirt off his back if they needed it because he is that nice of a person  he does not deserve this and needs to stay to take care of his family. He has no criminal record and would be a model citizen if ever granted the title. He is the sole economic provider for his family. Richard deserves the chance to present his case before Immigration Court with a council he speaks English and has no criminal history. He volunteers every week at my brother's church to help out in children's ministry. He has many friends and co workers writing letters to state his devotion to work, family and, friends. We need our story to be heard and for Richard to obtain a pardon and hearing to present his case ASAP to become legal indefinitely. Please sign this if not for us for our babies! Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless, Brianna Cruz-Ruiz

Brianna Cruz
7,405 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore

Stop ICE Courthouse Arrests in NY

On November 15th, a Brooklyn mother had what seemed like a routine court appearance. She pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor (her first criminal charge ever) and the judge told her to come back in a couple of months. She could rush home to see her 16 year-old son and resolve this case in the new year. But when the 40 year-old mother walked out of the courtroom, several undercover ICE agents suddenly surrounded her and ushered her into a private area of the court. When her defense attorney caught up to the agents and tried to invoke her client's rights, ICE agents laughed in her face. This mother's routine court appearance had suddenly turned into a nightmare. Instead of returning home to her son, the woman was arrested, locked up in a detention facility, and now faces deportation. Cases like these have been increasingly common. Since the beginning of 2017, lawyers and advocates have documented an alarming 900% jump in ICE operations in New York courts. Squads of plainclothes ICE agents are now regularly roaming our halls of justice. They are preying on people with documented mental illness, people who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence, immigrants who are documented and undocumented, and others from the most vulnerable populations in our state. The chilling effect of these arrests on our justice is system is broad and profound. Victims are afraid to seek protection, witnesses are declining to testify, parents are fearful of seeking child support, tenants are not seeking protection from abusive landlords, and immigrants facing criminal charges are denied their fair day in court. As ICE arrests have continued unabated, reports of court officer involvement in several incidents create the troubling appearance that court staff are colluding with federal immigration agents. As the Chief Judge of the New York State Court system, you are the chief protector of a vital pillar of our democracy. We ask that you take a stand to stop these unlawful arrests which so clearly undermine the administration of justice. We implore you to exercise your constitutional authority to issue policies that will meaningfully protect our courts and ensure equal access to justice for all New Yorkers.    

Immigrant Defense Project
21,728 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Extend immigration protection for 59,000 Haitians

59,000 Haitians were granted temporary protected status (TPS) after the 2010 earthquake that ravaged Haiti, leaving over 200,000 people dead, over 1.5 million people displaced and nearly 4,000 schools damaged or destroyed (CNN, 2016). This protection allowed displaced Haitians to legally reside in the U.S. for the past seven years. During this time many Haitians created new lives, including starting families and pursuing careers.  "...extraordinary but temporary conditions caused by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist." Acting Secretary Elaine Duke of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that the TPS for Haitians was terminated. Any immigrants under this provision have 18 months to return to Haiti or seek "alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible" (Madhani, 2017). Acting Secretary Duke "...made the decision that extraordinary temporary conditions on which the special protections were issued 'no longer exist'" (Madhani, 2017). While Haiti has made some improvements, there is still much work to be done.  "Haitians continue to suffer years after the earthquake," U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Mourad Wahba said in an interview with TheWorldPost in January of this year (Cook, 2017). He noted that in January of this year there were still 55,000 people living in "camps and makeshift camps." There are numerous concerns about Haiti's ability to handle more people as the Dominican Republic expelled more than 40,000 people to Haiti between 2015 and 2016, and another 68,000 returned out of fear of persecution and violence (Amnesty International, 2016). Jesselyn Cook, a journalist for the Huffington Post, writes that "This will place strenuous demands on Haiti's crippled agriculture sector and leave many returnees in limbo, without homes or jobs awaiting them” (2017). Haiti seems to move forward one step only to be shoved back three by droughts, strikes by public-health workers due to lack of pay, famine, cholera, the Zika virus and natural disasters (Miroff, 2016). Just last year the number of Haitians who faced “severe” food insecurity doubled to nearly 1.5 million due to drought and the subsequent food shortage (Simmons, 2016). When coupled with the number of those who struggle to access reliable sources of food on a regular basis, that amount more than doubled to 3.6 million people, over a third of the country’s entire population. Numerous articles cite Haiti as “the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere,” with over 2.5 million Haitians living on less than the equivalent of $1.25 a day (Moloney, 2016). For those who would want to fight to stay, the process to become a U.S. citizen can be both costly and long. Immigration lawyers can charge as much as $5,000, with some cases costing as much as $15,000 (Ribitzky, YEAR). This estimate is for one individual and may not take into account additional application fees or any potential family members. The process can take years, time Haitians who were protected under TPS no longer have.  A bi-partisan issue Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers from Florida, the state currently housing the largest Haitian population, responded with derision to the announcement from DHS (Madhani, 2017). Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., replied via Twitter: “There is no reason to send 60,000 Haitians back to a country that cannot provide for them. This decision today by DHS is unconscionable. And I am strongly urging the administration to reconsider” (Madhani, 2017). Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Fort Lauderale, released the following statement: “These individuals are established, respected members of our communities who have made significant contributions and I urge the administration to reconsider its decision regarding Haitian and Nicaraguan nationals” (Madhani, 2017).  “Haiti is chaos.” I traveled to Haiti in June of this year through the Global Orphan Project. Within minutes of arriving my eyes were opened to suffering on a scale I couldn’t even fathom. Hills of trash fall into waterways where children play and swim. We were instructed never to drink water from the tap and to rely instead on bottles. We were also warned that electricity could come and go without warning. Armed guards stood at the entrances to gas stations. Traffic was a perpetual mash of cars, trucks, vans and buses, with motorcyclists weaving in and out, sometimes balancing livestock or even babies between their legs. I held a four year-old girl who was closer to the size of a two year-old because of malnutrition. The majority of the buildings I saw had bars on the windows and doors or broken glass cemented into the tops of walls. I asked a member of my group who had been to Haiti multiple times if this was left over from the earthquake. “No,” she replied. “The reality is that Haiti looked a lot like this before the earthquake.” We spoke with managers of GOEX, a clothing production center in Port-au-Prince that provides living wage jobs. While they employ as many as they can, one man estimated that every time they advertise a job opening through word-of-mouth, hundreds to over a thousand people will show up outside their gates within 24 to 72 hours. Another man I spoke with, a U.S. citizen who was working in Haiti for a non-profit organization but whose parents were both Haitian, summed it up in one sentence: “Haiti is chaos.” “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop This petition is not intended to discount the efforts and progress the Haitian government, the U.S. government and non-profit organizations have made. But the sad reality is that Haiti is not currently in a place to offer jobs, education or support for thousands of people who have begun new lives in the United States and become a part of their local communities. It also forces many families to decide whether to make arrangements for their U.S.-born children to be forced apart from their loved ones or travel to and make a new life in an impoverished country. As we kick off the holiday season this week with Thanksgiving and celebrate being together with our loved ones, let's extend kindness and compassion to a group of people who have been through so much hardship and yet continue to rise and carry on despite the many obstacles thrown in their path. Please sign this petition to call on the Department of Homeland Security to extend TPS for Haitians for seven years. Resources Amnesty International. (2016, June 15). Haiti/Dominican Republic: Reckless deportations leaving thousands in limbo. Retrieved from CBS News. (2017, Nov. 21). U.S. plans to end temporary residency permit program for Haiti. CNN. (2016, Dec. 28). Haiti Earthquake Fast Facts. Retrieved from Cook, J. (2017, Jan. 13). 7 years after Haiti's earthquake, millions still need aid. Retrieved from Madhani, A. (2017, Nov. 20). Trump administration to send Haiti earthquake victims home in 2019. Retrieved from Miroff, N. (2016, June 16). Haiti needs food, jobs doctors-and now a president. Retrieved from Moloney, A. (2016, Jan. 20). Haiti needs new approach to make aid effective, bring jobs, skills: ex-PM. Retrieved from Mulheir, G. (2015, June 25). Thousands of children are living in orphanages in Haiti-but not because they are orphans. Retrieved from Ribitzky, R. (YEAR, July 3). Path to U.S. citizenship costly, tedious. Retrieved from Simmons, A. (2016, Feb. 11). Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti. Retrieved from  *Photo credit: ABC News (2016). Retrieved from

Rebecca C.
99 supporters