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immigration reform

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Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Amb. Sam Brownback, Mike Pence, Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Justice for Yazidis - Immediate U.S. Resettlement for Yazidis

  "I had always hoped that this land might become a safe & agreeable Asylum to the virtuous & persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong."                          --George Washington, First U.S. PresidentIn 2014, Islamic State (ISIS) attacked the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, committing mass murder, beheadings, rape, torture, enslavement, trafficking, and the kidnapping of women and children. The United Nations in 2016 reported "almost unimaginable horrors” perpetrated on the Yazidis in a formal report, and the U.S. and the UN declared the attack a genocide. In August 2017, the U.S. Secretary of State stated that protection of religious minorities who suffered genocide and crimes against humanity by ISIS is a "human rights priority" for the United States. Nearly all of the survivors of this genocide were displaced from their homes. For almost four years, the members of this ancient ethno-religious group have been forced to live in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) under substandard conditions. Many residents are jobless, severely traumatized, and lack access to basic needs such as electricity and health services. Returning to their old villages and towns which were destroyed is not currently an option for most survivors. An estimated 2,000 Yazidis are still missing, and the U.S. still has not passed significant legislation to allow Yazidis to resettle as refugees. One group (estimated to be less than 200) that deserves and requires immediate resettlement are Yazidi interpreters who served U.S. forces during the Iraq War. These interpreters risked their lives to serve U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and then faced a genocide only a few years later. We ask the U.S. Department of Homeland Security coordinate with U.S. agencies to facilitate immigration for these Yazidi interpreters and their full families without delay. Supporting the survivors of this genocide is one of the clearest messages the United States can send that we as a nation will not be passive bystanders when an innocent people are targeted for extermination. By standing with the Yazidis and other victims of genocide, we are declaring that innocent people cannot be terrorized and victimized. And we maintain our nation's historic commitment to assisting those around the world who deserve justice.Please sign this petition today to ensure that members of the U.S. Congress and the White House hear the people's mandate to begin Yazidi refugee resettlement in the U.S. Thank you. For more information on the Yazidi genocide, please visit www.justiceforyazidis.wordpress.com.

Justice for Yazidis
1,381 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Congressman Joseph Crowley, Andrew Cuomo, Mazeda Uddin, Lawrence Spivak, Grace Meng, Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of State, NY1 , New York Times, Carlene Pinto, Alina Das, Amy Gottlieb, NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, New York Lawyers for Public Interest

My Father is a Cancer Patient. Release Mohammed Monir Hassan from ICE!

Petition for: The Release of Mohammed Monir Hassan from ICE.  He is a cancer patient. Addressed to: U.S.  Immigrations and Custom Enforcement In 2009, we had an order of removal by the Board of Immigration Appeals. In 2011, one October morning my mother and I heard loud banging on our door. Lo and behold officers from ICE arrested my mother, myself, and my father.Luckily we were given another date in 2012 for supervision. It’s been 6 years since we kept getting dates to check in for supervision at 26 Federal Plaza. One Wednesday morning on January 17th, 2018, my father had an appointment at Federal Plaza. My mother was waiting from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. There was no sign of my father. My mother asked the security guard, “Have you seen my husband?” The security guard replied “How should I know?” in a very crude way. My mother replied “You should know because it’s 5:00 PM and everyone left.” The security guard asked another woman who stated that my father had been arrested and detained. My mother’s world was destroyed. She came home crying in a cab. I was at work. When my brother texted me I left work early, and found out my dad was in Bergen County Jail as a detainee. On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, my mom and I have an appointment at 26 Federal Plaza. Luckily she was spared from being detained. Her next court date is on July 24th, 2018. Her case is still pending but who knows what will happen by then? Fortunately I am under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) but what will happen to the two most kind, nurturing, supportive, and generous people who raised me from when I was small, provided a roof over my head, paid my college tuition, and guided me in understanding right from wrong? Both of my parents have severe health conditions which cannot be treated in Bangladesh, and if they leave, and something happens to them, my brother and I will have no guidance and love. No one to look up to, no one to buy gifts for, no one to call our own. Tell me who is going to help me fight this great fight for justice and freedom? Because from this point on...it’s DIE OR DONE! We, the undersigned, ask for Mohammed Monir Hassan to be immediately released from the Immigration Customs Enforcement  in El Paso Processing Center on the basis of Humanitarian grounds.  He is being neglected of proper medical treatment that will have a detrimental impact on his long-term physical and mental health.  Mohammed’s family, which consists of his wife, a U.S. citizen son, a daughter who is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) holder, U.S. citizen nieces and nephews, U.S. citizen cousins, as well as members of our cultural and religious community who are all U.S. citizens are all suffering and very worried about Mohammed’s health and well-being. Mr. Hassan has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, trauma from an accident that occurred in November 2015, and thyroid cancer.  All these conditions are not treatable in Bangladesh. Furthermore, there is no insurance to treat these conditions in Bangladesh and he would not be given a job.  As a matter of fact, he would be ridiculed and left to starve on the streets. Prior to being elected as president, President Donald Trump specifically stated that he would only deport people who have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, and people who commit robbery.  Mr. Mohammed Monir Hassan has a clean record and is known in the religious community as a man who has good morals and ethics.  He works diligently and with great effort as a cab driver to provide for his wife, daughter, and son, while seeking treatment for his medical conditions. Therefore, Mr. Hassan does not seek permanent residency or citizenship.  He fears facing a fate worse than death! This situation is also having a detrimental on our mental health.  As a Mental Health Counselor and other professionals, this is a traumatizing effect on not only Mr. Mohammed Monir Hassan by separating him from his family but also on the rest of us! We are not asking for much.  We only request for two weeks’ worth of time.  Then we will send him back to Bangladesh on our own. https://www.centerforhealthjournalism.org/US-born-children-struggle-after-parents-are-deported http://dspace.ewubd.edu/bitstream/handle/123456789/1887/Fariha_Tasnim.pdf?sequence=1 https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/JDMC/article/download/25323/17025  

Naziat Hassan
1,062 supporters