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immigration rights

33 petitions

Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security

Stop tearing families apart

The Trump Administration recently began implementing a new “zero tolerance” prosecution policy that has separated hundreds of immigrant children, including infants and toddlers, from their parents upon arriving at the border. These families are often fleeing horrific violence, and parents are doing everything they can to protect their children by coming to the United States. Taking these children from their parents is inhumane, unnecessary, and unacceptable. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stop tearing immigrant children from their parents. Under Attorney General Sessions’ new policy, adults arriving at the border outside of designated ports of entry will be criminally prosecuted and sent to U.S. Marshal Service custody to await prosecution, and then transferred to immigration detention to await immigration proceedings. Children cannot be kept in adult detention facilities and will be rendered “unaccompanied,” transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and placed in different facilities and shelters for children, sometimes several states away from their parents. Pediatricians and child welfare professionals have spoken out forcefully about the significant and enduring trauma forced separations inflict on children and their families. Family separation also creates challenges for children seeking legal protection, who must now prepare their cases with only limited access to information and documentation from their parents that could help to prove their claims. As a result, children may be unable to support their cases for asylum and be returned to harm or death in their home countries. There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice. This ruthless and brutish targeting and treatment of particularly vulnerable children and families is being done in the name of all Americans. Join us in calling on DHS to immediately stop separating immigrant families.

Kids In Need of Defense
393,285 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to XAVIER BECERRA, Bob Ferguson

Stop the cruel and unconstitutional separation of families at US borders!

As reported on Father's Day weekend by Reuters, almost 2000 children were separated from their parents at the border in a little over 5 weeks including over 100 under the age of 4, which is an estimated total of almost 20,000 children separated per year.  As previously reported, the government last year “lost” 1475 or 35% of all children who arrived unaccompanied in 2017.  Extrapolating those numbers, its reasonable risk that 7,000 to 13,000 children could be “lost” and never seen by their families again under the current system. For these families there is no due process, appeal, end date, rights of visitation, minimum conditions, deferral for hardship like illness, and for many a random but reasonable expectation exists of not ever seeing their children again! Even convicted felons though separated from their families, have both visitation rights, mail and phone access, and the mercy of knowing when their sentence ends!  As Laura Bush the former first-lady so compassionately stated on Father’s Day…  “…this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart. Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history” Imagine if you will, the government taking your children away, with no idea when or even if, you will ever see them again?  Happy Father's Day... The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits slavery. Slavery was a multi-faceted system that encompassed many unique social and economic elements, the two most commonly known were the treating of humans as property and forced labor without any wages.  A lesser known but probably even more horrific and damaging aspect unique to slavery was the forced separation of families, as spouses and children could be taken away or sold at the will and whim of the master.   A question then arises if the 13th Amendment can be applied to prevent the forced separation of children of families who have not been convicted or even indicted with a crime?  At the core of a legal question to me is does the 13th Amendment prohibit only the complete set of Slavery’s elements in combination? Or does it prohibit each aspect of slavery separately?   Strong evidence that the 13th covers each of the individual aspects of slavery separately are US prisons who pay their incarcerated workers even a small wage for work or prison duties.  If the issue of prison wages can be tied to the 13th Amendment, I believe the forced separation of families can as well.  There are also additional Constitutional issues of due process of law and the immigration authorities acting in power as a Court only can, as well as previous rulings regarding the internment of people of Japanese descent.  But I am not a lawyer, so I leave all these questions to those who have more experience.  I have never been more proud as a citizen then when Attorney Generals Bob Ferguson of Washington and Xavier Becerra of California, among other states successfully protested in Federal Court the President’s clearly unconstitutional “travel ban" in 2017.  I believe this situation is vastly crueler than either Trump’s travel ban or the illegal interment of the Japanese and offers the potential for damage that stand among the worst in our nation’s history.  There currently is no plan, legal method or requirement to ever reunite these children and parents, so it constitutes a de facto permanent separation, and enormous violation of the separation of powers and loss of due process to probably over 40,000 people including parents and children per year. My request is that the Attorney Generals of both California and Washington States would seek in Federal Court an emergency injunction prohibiting all federal agencies from separating non-convicted families at the border, and ordering the return of the ones previously taken, and I believe the 13 Amendment offers strong legal grounds for such a case.

Van Rue
425 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., seattle University

Protect Undocumented Students at Seattle University

We, the students, of Seattle University (SU) believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. This petition is addressed to Seattle University's President Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. and the university. We are demanding that the university lives up to its mission of  "empowering leaders for a just and humane world" and commit to protecting all of its students, especially those who are DACA/Undocumented students.  DACA is at risk of being terminated, making DACA/Undocumented students  vulnerable by risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. An attack on the safety of DACA/Undocumented students’ safety is an attack on the entire SU community. Regardless of immigration status, we demand that Seattle University be a safe, welcoming, resourceful, and proactive ally of and for Undocumented/DACA  students. Undocumented/DACA students should not have to fear losing their education, feel unsafe, or excluded on our campus. We call on you to declare that SU will always be open to Undocumented/DACA students.  ACTIONS THAT WE ASK SEATTLE UNIVERSITY TAKE  Provide free legal counsel for DACA/undocumented Students The making of official spaces for DACA/undocumented students on campus as well as being inclusive within their studies by including undocumented persons’ experiences, histories, etc.  On-campus police refusal to cooperate with ICE by following an administrative guideline so that on-campus police can still act in accordance to federal laws without resulting in “outing” a DACA/undocumented person on Seattle University campus. The organization of undocumented ally trainings and workshops (especially focused towards faculty, staff and students) The implementation of allied faculty and staff (as well as a directory so that these persons are easily accessible to DACA/undocumented students) The last three emboldened points are the three actions that this petition requests the school put into effect immediately. The organization of undocumented ally training and workshops that is especially focused towards faculty, staff ,and students would help foster a safer, more understanding environment for DACA/Undocumented students. Resulting, in increasing knowledge of how to better foster such an environment and address situations with ICE as to protect our DACA/Undocumented community members. The information from these workshops are not only resourceful and helpful to DACA/Undocumented students, but better enables people who have the privilege of  citizenship status to better protest and act where their DACA/undocumented peers can not, due to fear of being found as a Undocumented/DACA recipient. The implementation of allied faculty and staff as well as a directory so that these persons are easily accessible to DACA/undocumented students will help build an environment of learning where undocumented students have accessible resources and persons to turn to on campus, further fostering a safer and more welcoming environment for their learning.  Establishing allied faculty and staff as resources as well as persons of the university’s student support services infrastructure will act in aims of improving campus environment for individuals who are undocumented by creating spaces controlled by both the institution and students to act as entry points for students searching for resources, advice, and referrals to members of the campus network. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we demand for the organization of Undocumented Ally training & workshops, the implementation of Allied staff & Faculty for DACA/Undocumented students at Seattle University, and a public statement be issued.  * I want to stress that by signing this, if one is a DACA recipient and/or Undocumented, that there are dangers to signing this petition or one of similar message. This documentation may lead to vulnerability as your name will be put onto a document which will be supporting immigration justice. This link can be dangerous as a person who is a DACA recipient and/or is currently Undocumented. This petition also gives the option of not disclosing one's name. It is important that we include this option as to endanger our DACA/Undocumented peers or not give the option of inclusion in the protest would go against the beliefs and values that this  petition is trying to build, solidify, and expand within and outside of the SU community.                  

sunshine soriano
23 supporters