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Petition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Help to stop the deportation of Syed Ahmed Jamal

Mr. Syed Ahmed Jamal, a well-respected scientist and community leader, was arrested by ICE – on his front lawn, in front of his children. Now he’s at risk of being deported to Bangladesh, where he is an ethnic minority and would be in serious danger. Sign the petition and join our campaign to stop Syed’s deportation. Syed Ahmed Jamal has lived in the United States for 30 years. He works as a molecular biologist and has done significant research with the University of Kansas, Children’s Mercy, and Rockhurst University. When he’s not working, he volunteers regularly at his children’s schools, and is a leader within his faith community. He would leave behind his wife and three children, who are “devastated and fearful.” Add your name to our petition to help him and his family. Below is a letter from Syed’s son. Hello, My name is Taseen Jamal, and my father has recently been arrested, taken to the Morgan County, MO, jail, and is being considered for deportation. My little brother cries every night, my sister can't focus in school, and I cannot sleep at night. My mother is in trauma, and because she is a live organ donor, she only has one kidney, so the stress is very dangerous. She could die if he is deported. If my father is deported, my siblings and I may never get to see him again. He is an older man, and due to the conditions of his home country, he might not be able to survive. My father called us, and he was crying like like a little child because he was thinking about what would happen to us if he got deported. If he gets sent back to Bangladesh, his home country, he will be in grave danger, and people of his kind are persecuted there.  My dad could likely would face persecution or even death at the hands of radical Islamist extremist gangs back in Bangladesh due to his liberal and secular writings and postings on social media platforms and publications.   My dad being a US educated outspoken Western Liberal Secular Muslim, he could face a similar fate as those faced by many US educated Bangladeshi bloggers in the recent time.  He has been in the US for 30 years, and the law has kept him from gaining citizenship. He has helped throughout our community, and has a lot breakthroughs in science, many of which are still being researched. If he is deported, that research may never be finished, making a great loss to the field is science. We are the children of Syed Ahmed Jamal, and we are requesting on behalf of our family for your kind help to get back our father. A home is not a home without a father. Taseen Jamal

Marci Leuschen
105,857 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate, Pat Roberts, Kansas Governor, Jerry Moran, Tom Hawk, Tom Phillips, Roger Marshall, President of the United States, Donald Trump

Save Kansas's Children From Registered Child Sex Offenders: They’re Closer Than You Think

According to The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, "the State of Kansas has no law that mandates where an offender can or cannot live, work, or go to school, nor does Kansas law allow for local jurisdictions to have such laws, however this may be a condition of their probation. The KBI does not monitor these restrictions.” The state of Kansas has decided there is no need to dictate whether a Registered Child Sexual Offender can or cannot live next to a school where our communities’ children walk to every day. Surely no one would allow that to happen anyways, right? Wrong. As I type this petition, I claim for a fact that currently a Registered Sex Offender with 4 counts of Possession of Child Pornography currently lives across the street from a middle school here in Manhattan, Kansas. No laws prevent this Registered Child Sex Offender or any other in the state of Kansas from staring out their window, plotting who knows what, against your children as they walk to school. If children cannot be safe on the lawn of their school, where are they safe? This fault in our state’s legislature must be changed. Other States’ Progress According to and Old Research Report document hosted by the Connecticut General Assembly, 22 states currently uphold some form of Sex Offender Residency Restriction. Below you will see some examples of laws in place mentioned by this document. In the state of Oklahoma, A registered sex offender cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school. Georgia does not allow a sex offender to live, work, or loiter within 1,000 feet of any school, childcare facility, school bus stop, or place where minors congregate. California dictates that a sexually violent predator or a serious paroled sex offender cannot live within one-fourth of a mile of a school, and high-risk paroled sex offenders cannot live within one-half mile of a school, daycare center, or place where children congregate.   Many people argue that not all sexual offenses are the same. There are people who have sexual offenses due to acts such as urinating in public or young adults who made the mistake of performing sexual acts in a vehicle in public. The diversity in severity a sexual offense can imply is great, which is why this petition calls for action against only persons with Child-Based Offenses to prevent any confusion.  According to an article posted by ABC News, a Texas judge went as far as ordering 14 offenders in 2001 to place 2ft signs in their yards to inform the public of their offender status with a phone number to call in case of suspicious activities. “They were given 2-foot-wide, 18-inch-tall placards that read, "DANGER: Registered Sex Offender Lives Here" to stick in their front yards. The signs also had a list of phone numbers to report suspicious behavior. The offenders were also given bumper stickers for their cars and portable signs with suction cups to put in car rear windows when they're riding in someone else's auto. Onlookers will be able to identify a registered sex offender — and warn their children — no matter where they are. Bañales has no sympathy for the offenders who believe their privacy is being trampled on.” Consequences Many people argue that creating residency restrictions for sexual offenders will cause issues in them being able to find homes and work and could result in a rise in homeless persons in a community. The potential that enacting residency restrictions only works in appealing to the public’s concerns without in fact preventing any future sexual offenses.  Others argue that sex offenders must live with the potential consequences of their illegal and immoral actions. With these potential consequences at hand, I plead for you to ask yourself this question. Are these consequences greater than the safety the community must help to uphold in our schools?  Please, protect the children of Kansas. Sign this petition to let Kansas State Legislature know that we will not stand for people with sexual offenses against a child to be allowed the freedom to live or work near community buildings where our own children flourish.   References:

Samantha Yoskowitz
385 supporters