Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, Joaquin Castro, Beto O'Rourke, Lindsey Graham, Joe Donnelly
Protect and Preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
As a result of the recent election, the time to preserve vital progress in our nation has come. President-elect Donald Trump’s anticipated immigration plans pose a significant threat to undocumented immigrants nationwide. Undocumented high school graduates wishing to go on to college to further their education, wanting nothing more than to contribute to their communities and to the United States, face a harsh reality after graduating high school. DACA presented hope for a future for many undocumented students across the country. Young children and young adults with aspirations of becoming future doctors, teachers, lawyers, and countless other career paths were given an opportunity to pursue their dreams when Obama announced the DACA program. Donald Trump plans to terminate this, effectively ending all young undocumented students' hopes of obtaining driver’s licenses, work permits, and a college education and putting them at an increased risk for deportation. What is DACA?“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal. PLEASE NOTE: DACA does not grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship. The DREAM Act, which would lead to permanent residency, has NOT passed.” http://undocu.berkeley.edu/legal-support-overview/what-is-daca/ “On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.” https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca DACA Eligibility RequirementsYou may request DACA if you: 1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; 2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; 3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; 5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; 6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and 7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. DACA is not amnesty, nor a direct path to citizenship. DACA allows eligible immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, obtain a work permit, and stay in the country to work toward a path to citizenship without great risk of deportation. Thanks to DACA, these immigrants can share their experiences and talent while developing their skills and education as they work to establish themselves as U.S. Citizens. Pew Research Center estimates there are 11.1 undocumented immigrants in the country while the Department of Homeland Security estimates there are 11.4 undocumented immigrants in the United States as January of 2012—the number only continues to increase. These immigrants are our friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and students. President Obama’s announcement of DACA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RXSlMu5EDI Obstacles Faced by Immigrants · “Most immigration lawyers charge between $5,000 to $7,500 to accompany a client through the green card process.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · “Some cases can cost closer to $15,000 before adding on application fees and any potential family members.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · “Applicants can spend years marked by a feeling of lost opportunity and helplessness as they wait for the process to conclude.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 · Many colleges do not accept DACA students · Out of state tuition for many DACA college students if they can find a college that accepts them · FAFSA cannot be utilized by undocumented students and many scholarships cannot be awarded to undocumented students, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to the college application process. · Constant association and comparison to terrorists and criminals—including racial profiling. While terrorists and immigrants with malicious intent do get into the country, this is a very small proportion and must not be overgeneralized to the population as a whole. Immigrants, legal or undocumented, tragically face a growing hatred that has been inspired by negative framing of immigrants, use of misleading information, and the strategy of using them as scapegoats. · Immigration raids in their communities · Being forcibly taken or separated from their families. Children are often separated from their parents because of the deportation process. Without DACA:• According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are an estimated 1,932,000 DACA eligible immigrants in the U.S. If Donald Trump carries through with his plans to end DACA, these almost 2 million immigrants will be unable to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits, will not be able to work toward their educational dreams, and will be at great risk for deportation • We will be ending the work, progress, and achievements of young immigrants. All of their hard-work and progress will essentially be destroyed • According to the American Psychological Association, there are one million children under the age of 18 who are undocumented and 4.4 million under the age of 30. Those who currently are in the DACA program or are eligible for DACA, will be at major risk for deportation if DACA is ended. • We will be ending the educational paths of future doctors, businessmen and women, skilled trade workers, teachers, and more • We will be tearing apart and ruining families who only wish to work toward becoming U.S. citizens Please pledge your support to prevent the termination of this vital program and show Donald Trump we do not want to see these young, hardworking, patriotic immigrants separated from their families and forced out of our country. Let us show President-elect Donald Trump that these young students want nothing more to contribute to our country by protecting the program that allows them to work toward their ultimate goal of becoming U.S. citizens. Please remember that DACA is just one program that is in place to help immigrants assimilate into our nation. With Donald Trump’s election, this is only one facet of the immigration progress that is at risk. There is much more that needs to be done. This is just one step. Please share this with friends, family, and coworkers, and remember that we must all come together as Americans or watch our great nation continue to grow divided and crumble before our eyes. Resources and Further Information: https://www.dhs.gov/immigration-statistics http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states https://immigrationforum.org/ http://inthecountrywelove.com/ http://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/ https://www.ilrc.org/ https://www.nilc.org/ http://saalt.org/policy-change/immigrant-rights/daca-stories/ http://unitedwedream.org/dreamer-narratives/daca-stories-arian/ https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2015/07/09/117054/results-from-a-nationwide-survey-of-daca-recipients-illustrate-the-programs-impact/ http://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-profiles http://www.apa.org/topics/immigration/undocumented-video.aspx https://thinkprogress.org/heres-how-much-trump-s-mass-deportation-policy-would-cost-everyone-3e19f51ff8cf#.8ey83fmt6
Petition to California Governor Jerry Brown C/O Kristina Lindquist Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary., State Capitol Sacramento Ca. 95814
Expedite Pardon review and pardon of Mony Neth
This is a petition to expedite the pardon review and to pardon Mony Neth. On the Morning of Friday Oct 20, 2017, Mony Neth was detained by I.C.E. while on his way to work. Mony has been in the U.S. since childhood and knows America as his only home. He is a hard working electrician and an aspiring minister, recently graduating seminary school. Mony is also a family man. He has a wife, daughter, and two elderly parents who rely on him for care at his home in Modesto, Ca. . In addition, he is also very community minded. When he is not working or tending to family he is serving meals to the homeless with his church. Mony is dedicated to spreading the gospel and is truly admired as well as inspiring to all who all who know him. He applied for a pardon for a long ago paid debt to society for a crime committed when he was a teenager and now faces being forever separated from his family. Since he has paid his debt, Mony has been a more than model American, constantly bettering himself. He is a testament to what a person can do in this country if you work hard and focus on the positive. I urge all to sign this petition and help save a good man, a family, and a true American.
Petition to Donald Trump, Nathan Deal, U.S Immigration Court, Georgia State Senate
Be able to to cancel my mom's removal and stay in the U.S.
Hi, my name is Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal, I am currently 21 years old. I am a full-time junior in college working on my Biology Major, and I am also a part-time worker. I started this petition to keep my family united. As an American Citizen I have seen how much families have been separated. I have prayed that this would never happen in my family. sadly I don't know what Gods plan might be, but I have faith everything happens for a reason. My mom currently has to leave the country by January 8. She has order of deportation. She has been here for 20 years. My parents pays all there taxes and do everything that every American should do. My father will be a U.S resident in a couple months. Even though, we will be able to have my father here , we still need our mom in our lives. I have 2 brothers, age 10 and another brother that is 8 years old. I also have a little sister age 13. My little brother age 10 has ADHD/ADD he cries whenever my mom isn't around, he also takes special needs classes in school to be able to grow mentally and have a normal life at his age and adapt to society. I don't want this to cause my brother emotional harm.They are too young to be going through this. I can't imagine how that could feel in such a young age. My mom is a good mother, she keeps care of all of us, prays for me and my siblings whenever we are sick. She is constantly helping and staying up all night and pray for people who are in need of a prayer. She has such strong faith that God will remove mountains. My parents came here for a better life, for all of us. There is so much violence in Mexico, that I just don't want my family to go through it. And especially be apart from my mom. I need her here for my graduation, to be able to be here for my sisters graduation. To support us... We have spent so much money in lawyers and be able to do something for my mom for months so we can stay together. I know so many families go through this but as a whole we can move mountains, we can remove anything that can come our way. The laws need to be change, I understand the laws need to be enforced but my mother is no criminal. I want it to be seen by USCIS,(ICE), Senate, and even the President of the United States. I feel so devastated that I can't do much for my mom. and so helpless on how many families have been separated and hurt. I need as many signatures as I can so it can help us for it to be seen. please and thank you for your support. If you want to help with any funds so we can find a great lawyer for my mom then click the link. It doesn't matter the amount , anything counts !. Español ---> hola, mi nombre es Jenifer Montemayor-Bernal. Tengo 21 anos. Por el momento estoy llendo a la escuela para biologia major, tambien trabajo un poco. Yo empeze esta peticion para que mi familia esten unida. Como una cuidadana de los Estados Unidos yo e visto muchas families destrosadas por las leyes de orita. Yo siempre orado que nunca lo pase esto a mi familia, pero afortunadamente no se los planes de Dios. Immigracion le dijieron a mi mama que tiene hasta Enero 8 para ir se de el paise. Mi mama tiene orden de deportacion. Ella estado en los Estados Unidos por 20 anos. Mi padres pagan su taxes y hasen todo lo que un Ciudadano de los Estados Unidos debe hacer. Mi padre va obtener su residencia en unos meses. Aunque vamos a tener a mi padre aqui , Tambian necisitamos a mi mama a nuestro lado. tengo 2 Hermanos chicos edad de 10 anos y otro de 8 anos, tambien tango una hermana de 13 anos. Mi Hermano tiene 10 anos y tiene ADHD/ADD. El Llora cuando mi mama no esta cerca de el. Tambien Toma clases de especiasales en la escuela para que el puede crecer mentalmente. No quero que mis Hermanos sufren por lo que esta pasando. Mi Mama , es una buena Madre, siempre ora por nosotros cuando estabamos enfermos. Tambien se quedaba despierta en las madrugada Orando por otra gente que necesitaban horaciones. Ella tiene mucha fe que Dios va a mover montanas y que va hacer un milagro en su vida. Mis padres venieron a los Estados Unidos para que nosotros tengamos una mejor vida. No quiero que separen a mi mama de nosotros, Ella es nuestra roca. Es una Guerrera. Gastamos mucho dinero en abojados para que degen a mi mama quedarse mas Tiempo. Yo se que muchas familias pasan por esta tormenta, pero juntos puedemos lograr todo. mi mama no es un criminal. Las leyes necesita cambiar, Yo quiero que lo miren USCIS, ICE, El Senador, y tambien hasta el Presidente de Los Estados Unidos. Yo me siento fatal que no puedo hacer mucho por mi mama, pero con la ayuda de ustedes puedemos a firmar para que el gobierno lo pueda haber.si quieren donar para ayudarnos pagar por un abojado bueno puede planar el link --------> https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-mom-stay-here-in-the-us
Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States
Help me keep my father from getting deported
This past year has been very hard for my family and I. We have gone through many obstacles that have challenged us and have left us vulnerable. About a week ago, my father was informed that he is at high risk for deportation. With new immigration policies and changes under the Trump administration, he may not be able to renew his work visa. In efforts to prove to the Immigration Court that my father is worthy of staying in this country I have created this petition and I am asking for your help. Here is a little bit of information about my father, Juan Ochoa arrived to the United States from a very poor life in Mexico at the age of seventeen in hopes of creating a better life for his family and for his future. For eighteen years Juan has been a productive member of society. He has worked and contributed to the community in many ways like every other U.S. citizen. Every year he has paid his taxes and he has no sort of criminal record. After a long day of work, Juan always looks forward to spending time with his family and catching up with them at the dinner table. As a U.S. citizen myself, I can assure you that my father is very proud to be a part of this country. At times I feel as if he is more patriotic than I will ever be. This is his country just as much as ours and for years all he has ever wanted is to officially become the U.S. citizen that he has always been. Without my father my family will suffer. Juan has two children with diagnosed and documented disabilities that require medical help and medication. If he were to get deported, his children will not be able to receive not only the proper medical help but also the proper education. Deporting him to Mexico would only leave more people suffering and in poverty. There is no future for our family in Mexico. I am asking you to please take a second of your day and to sign this petition if you agree in hopes of keeping my family together and to prove to the court that my father is worthy. We are not just numbers, we are people too.
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."
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
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.
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 https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/06/haiti-dominican-republic-reckless-deportations-leaving-thousands-in-limbo/ 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 http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/12/world/haiti-earthquake-fast-facts/index.html Cook, J. (2017, Jan. 13). 7 years after Haiti's earthquake, millions still need aid. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/haiti-earthquake-anniversary_us_5875108de4b02b5f858b3f9c Madhani, A. (2017, Nov. 20). Trump administration to send Haiti earthquake victims home in 2019. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/20/trump-administration-send-haiti-earthquake-victims-home-18-months/883328001/ Miroff, N. (2016, June 16). Haiti needs food, jobs doctors-and now a president. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/haiti-needs-food-jobs-doctors--and-now-a-president/2016/06/15/6eb20928-3171-11e6-ab9d-1da2b0f24f93_story.html?utm_term=.32db9d3a379e Moloney, A. (2016, Jan. 20). Haiti needs new approach to make aid effective, bring jobs, skills: ex-PM. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-haiti-aid/haiti-needs-new-approach-to-make-aid-effective-bring-jobs-skills-ex-pm-idUSKCN0UY28U Mulheir, G. (2015, June 25). Thousands of children are living in orphanages in Haiti-but not because they are orphans. Retrieved from http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/thousands-of-children-are-living-in-orphanages-in-haiti-but-not-because-they-are-orphans-10345063.html Ribitzky, R. (YEAR, July 3). Path to U.S. citizenship costly, tedious. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1 Simmons, A. (2016, Feb. 11). Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti. Retrieved from http://beta.latimes.com/world/la-fg-haiti-food-insecurity-20160210-story.html *Photo credit: ABC News (2016). Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/International/photos/hurricane-matthew-makes-landfall-caribbean-42551617/image-43026979