immigration reform

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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
24,300 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Greg Walden

Tell Congress To Create A Legal Pathway To Employment For Immigrant Workers

There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today. As the debate rages over Trump's policies to increase deportations of those with criminal histories, all immigrants are being vilified and dehumanized. Meanwhile, there is little to no conversation taking place around the root of this debate — why immigrants are coming to the U.S. illegally in the first place. First, let’s look at the problem: The U.S. has an enormous demand for immigrant labor and does not have enough programs in place that make it possible for immigrant workers to enter the country legally. At the same time, employers face few consequences for hiring undocumented immigrants thereby perpetuating a system that criminalizes immigrants for trying to make a life for themselves and their families by working here illegally.  The fault does not fall on employers for perpetuating this system. In fact, companies are upholding the current law of asking their hires to provide documentation. The law does not currently require them to verify the documents they receive. Many employers support exactly what we are proposing — a system that can provide a legal and humane process for hiring immigrant labor. It is up to Congress to make the necessary changes and we call on all employers to take a hard look at our current system and decide for themselves if what we are proposing aligns with their values and business goals. Why is it that these workers are imprisoned, detained, criminalized, and dehumanized while employers are not required to verify the identities of the workers they hire? Why is there is no feasible legal avenue for these workers to enter the country in order to meet the enormous demand we have for immigrant labor?  The solution: Congress should develop an improved and expanded guest worker program to meet the labor demand from the agriculture, hospitality, construction, and other industries which depend on immigrant labor. At the same time, Congress should pass legislation requiring enforcement of a revamped E-Verify system that employers can use to ensure the legal employment of their workers.  Think of it this way… If you leave an open jar of honey on your kitchen table it is likely to attract a caravan of ants. You can build a wall around it or send an entire army to guard it, but the ants will find a way in... Which poses the question: Would it be more effective to simply take the honey away? Illegal The Project seeks to end the luring of desperate workers by a system of employment that not only puts lives at risk but also separates families here and abroad. Together, we can bridge the racial and ideological division dividing us as a community, state, and country. To do so, we must change and enforce our laws around employing immigrants. Doing so will dry up the supply of cheap and exploited labor allowing congress to pass legislation that establishes a process, under which employers can hire workers that come to the U.S. in a safe and legal manner. Why is that we deported nearly 400,000 immigrants, the vast majority of whom came to the US to work, while fewer than 2,000 employers were audited for hiring undocumented workers? Why is this not a part of the national conversation? Why are the workers we lure into our country criminalized while employers are not required to verify their worker's identities? Tell Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Congressman Greg Walden, and our elected decision-makers to demand Congress to pass legislation requiring tough enforcement of E-Verify (a system used to confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the United States). In tandem with E-Verify, a humane guest worker program should be created to meet the labor demand from the agriculture, hospitality, construction, and other industries which depend on immigrant labor. We firmly believe that if legislation is passed to address these two points we would not only significantly reduce undocumented immigration but also solve the national emergency debate surrounding the border. A win-win for all. Politicians need votes to stay in office. Votes come from the people. Pressure from massive amounts of people is a major way to push politicians towards positive change. We must change this system of injustice because no person is ILLEGAL...

Illegal The Project
172 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to United Nations, United Nations Security Council

Petition to the UN: Sanction the US to end the crisis in immigrant detention centers.

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the United States that has not been seen since the creation of Japanese internment camps during World War II. That crisis is the official U.S. response to Latin American immigrants fleeing their country's poverty, violent crime, and drugs. The U.S. government has not only responded to their destitution with ambivalence, but animosity behind closed doors and in the public square. While our president has no shame, many of the constituents he should be serving feel helpless about how our own representatives and immigration law enforcement are responding to their basic needs. The detention centers in Texas and other states neighboring Mexico are severely traumatizing infants and children, the most vulnerable of all, and its repulsive. Children at the center in Clint, Texas have not bathed since they arrived on our border. They have no toothbrushes, they have no clean clothes, they have no one around them willing to provide them with the most basic necessities or human compassion. Healthcare is non-existent. Children have died. People are crowded into such small places that some have stood on toilets just to breathe. We have laws that protect the well-being of farm animals more than our Latin American neighbors. Lawyers and activists are desperately trying to provide them with more humane treatment under the law, but the justice system should be the last means for handling their needs. We cannot show true compassion through a court system alone. Our government should be held to a higher standard by other nations of the world, and it's unfortunate that this would likely only happen by affecting us where it hurts the most: our economy. The United States has bullied the world through persistent sanctions to retain its economic dominance, and we need a taste of our own medicine. The ambivalence at the top is fueled by the ambivalence at the bottom. By affecting the American people directly, our outrage won't be aimed at the U.N. for long, and our humiliation on the world stage will end this crisis. In 1948, the UN created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states the following in Article II: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty." The US must be reminded of this essential standard of achievement that it swore to uphold following World War II. American citizen's disagreement over how its federal government has handled Latin American migration is not enough to resolve the immeasurable injustice and suffering that children have endured in our own hands. If citizens of a democratic republic cannot sizeably influence the direction of its government in a time of crisis--not just during election time--then other sovereign nations should collectively take action to uphold Article II of the UDHR. Here is some information on how UN Security Council sanctions work, ehich can be also be found on their website.   INFORMATION ON U.N. SANCTIONS "The UN Security Council can take action to maintain or restore international peace and security under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. Sanctions measures, under Article 41, encompass a broad range of enforcement options that do not involve the use of armed force. Since 1966, the Security Council has established 30 sanctions regimes, in Southern Rhodesia, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia (2), Haiti, Iraq (2), Angola, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Eritrea, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Liberia (3), DRC, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Lebanon, DPRK, Iran, Libya (2), Guinea-Bissau, CAR, Yemen, South Sudan and Mali, as well as against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Security Council sanctions have taken a number of different forms, in pursuit of a variety of goals. The measures have ranged from comprehensive economic and trade sanctions to more targeted measures such as arms embargoes, travel bans, and financial or commodity restrictions. The Security Council has applied sanctions to support peaceful transitions, deter non-constitutional changes, constrain terrorism, protect human rights and promote non-proliferation. Sanctions do not operate, succeed or fail in a vacuum. The measures are most effective at maintaining or restoring international peace and security when applied as part of a comprehensive strategy encompassing peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peacemaking."

Jonathan Rogers
926 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, Immigrationcontrolenforcement , I.C.E., #OPRAHWINFREY , OPRAH, BILLGATES, THEWHITEHOUSE , Washington Post, Roberto Fico, FOX News, ABC, NBC, Ktla5 , The Walt Disney Company, Department of Justice, United States Supreme Court, United Nations Development Program, Starbucks, Linda Rutherford, USA Today, California State Senate, Gavin Newsom, Jim Costa, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Darrell E. Issa, John Garamendi, Jackie Speier, Scott H. Peters, Anna G. Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, Brad Sherman, Susana Martinez, Texas State House, Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Marco Rubio

NEW MERCY: Immigration reform plan

Theres a logical solution to the problem of illegals in the USA right now at this very current time. I am One voice in the USA, if I can provide a creative way that will humanize the good people here n an illegal status,  that will weed out the good from the bad of this certain 'new tribe' that was allowed to settle in past years and presidential eras; would you hear me Of course you would... sooo we win win win & Then The good arent sent back separated from family or thier regular and along time have been used to, jobs Before ICE is sent to deport the entire new 'tribe' of immigrants illegally here in the USA, we must give a merciful solution. I propose we create a 30 day time frame, only, in where illegal immigrants are given a chance (new opportunity) to report in to special new program that can fingerprint them collect the information on them and thier address and family information. If they cooperate, in that 30 day time frame [borders closed tight those 30days] and on the first day this round up starts, they must have a Proof they have been in USA before day one of 30dy Program in place. No one can qualify that had not already been in our country illegally nor will they be able to be exempt for any reason. And if they don't have a family here or very good reason they are in USA or committed crimes via fingerprint profiles & DNA swabbing, which would then also find answers to how many really are criminal and change 4 those whose actually care for our country and are good. Those who do register on this 'new kind of register" will be given an ID card with photo id # and dna swabbings. Give fingerprints and also the date of registration, a cooperation validity only for purposes of knowing who is illegally in our country and where they are and who they are and so our ability to be able to track down any fingerprints in a data base.  And relative contact information. They will stay safe from ICE deportation and arrests. Only with proof & Identification card of temporary stay status. They would be referred to apply for us citizenship and given resource papers to do so. Now heres why: So I then... we have info know whose here they are given some peace of mind back instead of fear and those who are here to cause trouble or rebelling are not going to register anyway. Go then, after 30 days ICE and deportations to anyone else that's found & had not registered. Those who do not register on the tempo-role  so to speak, the 30 day registrating allowance will not be allowed in our COUNTRY at all. Unless they come in legally. So the buck stops..where it should. Humanity and kindness for the humaine  NOW we find A HUMAINE way of both MERCY and UNDERSTANDING THATS JUST A TEMPORARY FIX UNTIL THEY BECIME LEGAL OR GO BACK TO THE COUNTRY THEY LEGALLY BELONG LIVING IN.. &SO WE GET THE INFORMATIVE THEY GET THE BREAK   THE REST ARE THEN FOUND AND TAKEN BACK. K   This will calm nerves; create relief from rising stress and anger that comes from fears and be The best way to put the past behind now and Create a new day and become able to enforce Our country's laws without being harsh on the People who were here before a new administration was in place and it's fair, I believe! Very fair of USA it is also kind loving and really smart if I do say so myself. I have tried to get this information out through all social media platforms only because I am just one American citizen in this gigantic war of voices I am requesting a very serious comment that you have read and you will take my time seriously I am now spending to explain what I have say and propose.   Thank You Sincerely @LeanneDeniseHendley Email: Or use:            

Leanne Denise Hendley
23 supporters