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immigration reform

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Jared Polis, Julie Gonzales

Pardon and Stop the Unfair Deportation of a Husband and GrandFather

On September 12, 2018, my Stepdad, Henry Javier Cruz-Moreno was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was one of the worst days of our lives.  No family should be ripped apart solely because of a person's place of birth, but our family is very small and Henry or "Dappy" as my daughters (pictured with my Mom and Henry) call their grandpa, has become the staple in our little family and in our community for that matter. My Mom, Priscilla Cruz-Moreno and Henry have been married for almost 20 years. In 2000, still considered "Newlyweds," my parents had an argument in which the police had been called and charges were filed by the DA. Because my stepdad took an ill-advised plea by the courts and our attorney at the time, our lives would be forever unknowingly and unfairly haunted because of the fact that Henry is a native of Honduras.  Since that night, 19 years ago my parents have grown a loving marriage that most people dream of.  They began counseling and started going to church, Henry building a food pantry for the needy in their front yard. They have built a successful (tax paying) carpet cleaning business, which has 5 star ratings across the internet, it was solely run by Henry. We've had to close down the business since Henry has been detained by ICE.  At the age of 19, I became a single mother to my daughter, Cilla.  I was in college and working, so I was living with my parents. They helped me raise my daughter (now 16); Cilla growing an especially strong bond with her grandpa (calling him Dappy). I later became involved with a man, who would become the father of my second daughter 7 years later.  It was ultimately a long-term, abusive relationship.  We left on Christmas day 2009, after he destroyed our house that day and hit me several times in front of my daughters - leaving me with a concussion, bruises and partially blind in my left eye.  My girls and I would not have got out safely if it hadn't been for Henry and my mom. 10 years later I have earned my Graduate Degree, and bought a house 10 minutes away from them, which I would not have been able to do without the love and support from Henry and my Mom helping me with my girls. My oldest daughter has been diagnosed with PTSD.  In 2017 she attempted suicide, in which she spent a week in Intensive Care. When she began to come into a coherent state, she found comfort in being near her Dappy. Her therapist has written letters to the courts, detailing the harm that would be done to her mental state if he is to be deported, but all pleas have been ignored. My mom is not in well health, suffering from Congestive Heart Failure and possible uterine cancer. Henry was taking care of her before he was detained by ICE.  I have also recently been diagnosed with Auto-Immune deficiency and two pituitary tumors, causing severe migraines. Without Henry being here we have struggled, physically, emotionally and financially since he has been gone.  I am putting the house I've worked so hard for up for sale because we can no longer afford all of our medical, legal and living expenses. I grew up as the only child of a single mother who worked 3 jobs to take care of me. When she met Henry I saw her become happier than she'd ever been before. Their love and happiness has only grown stronger over the last 20 years; not many people can say that about their marriages. My parents should not lose the love of their lives because of a mistake and bad attorney's advice from 19 years ago.  We need Henry home, our lives have been shattered since he was taken from us.  My 9 year old said to me "Mama, if I had known the Sunday before Dappy was taken by ICE was going to be our last hug, I would have hugged him harder. Why won't my eyes stop crying mama?" Please sign our petition in support of a pardon from Governor Jared Polis and to STOP the deportation of our beloved Dappy. We have had many kind people ask to help with legal and medical bills. We have created a  GoFundMe account to help with our many bills.  We appreciate any help, but your signature on our petition is also more appreciated than you know. 

Farah Broomandi
3,958 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to United States, Department of Homeland Security, Donald J. Trump, United States Supreme Court, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop the Mass Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants from Mixed-Status Homes

ProblemUnder President Trump’s policy, local law enforcement officers are allowed to act as immigration officers which poses the threat of deportation even closer to the homes of all those living undocumented in the United States. About 16 million people in the US live in mixed-status homes, one where both undocumented immigrants and US Citizens live in. The implications of mass deportations will directly impact 6.6 million U.S. born citizens, including 5.7 million children under the age of 18, who live with at least one undocumented immigrant. Children who experience the loss of a parent also suffer from poverty, reduced access to food and health care, and limited educational opportunities. Studies have also consistently found higher rates of depression among Latino youth than in any other ethnic group. Economically, one year after a mass deportation, data indicates that the gross domestic product (GDP) would decrease by 1.4 percent- over the course of 10 years, the reduction in GDP would amount to $4.7 million due to the lack of undocumented immigrants not working in the U.S. The mass deportations of undocumented immigrants will, in the long term, cause more negative effects on the US economy, the social opportunities of themselves and their children, and the personal development of their children’s health due to living in a mixed-status home.SolutionThe Department of Homeland Security needs to focus their resources on undocumented immigrants that pose threats to national security, not innocent mothers, fathers, siblings, etc. that are simple trying to provide for their families. As explained above, authorities should consider the impact on families of deportation decisions, weighing the right to family unity against other factors, including criminal convictions, recognizing that the impact on families of mass deportation can be severe. It is also unfair that local law enforcement have the right to act as immigration officers because people will be scared to leave their homes in fear of leaving their family forever. I urge the U.S Federal Government to create new legislature where their goal is not to deport all the undocumented immigrants living in the US because it is a waste of their resources. It is estimated to cost $23,480 to deport just one person; this includes the costs of legal proceedings, apprehension, detention, and transportation. Why deport innocent human beings when you can put that money towards the Department of Education?Personal storyMy name is Brenda Espinoza and I am a student in Charlotte, North Carolina. As part of my Senior-Exit Project, it is my responsibility to have a Service Learning Experience. I’ve chosen to create an online petition and write letters to government officials that I feel can help make a difference about this issue. All of my life I’ve grown up in a mixed-status home. I know firsthand what it feels like to wake up one day and feel like your family can just be ripped apart because of unjust immigration laws. Thankfully, both of my parents are now US Residents but this doesn’t mean I don’t still live in that fear. I have other family and friends who are undocumented that I wake up and thank are here another day safely. My fight does not stop. By signing this petition, you are helping me be one step closer in changing the lives of other children who are growing up in this fear. 

Brenda Espinoza
36 supporters