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No Muslim Ban

65 petitions

This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley

Exempt Wartime Interpreters from President Trump's Executive Order Banning Immigration

As an U.S. Army Captain serving in Afghanistan, I was almost killed by Taliban fighters. My Afghan translator, Janis, saved my life. We made a promise to translators like Janis, who served alongside our troops, to help them immigrate to the United States.President Trump’s ban on all immigration of refugees breaks that promise to the thousands of Afghan and Iraqi wartime allies. The president's Executive Order shuts the door on thousands of foreign interpreters, our wartime allies, who served alongside our military since 2001. Enacting a four-month ban on ALL immigration of refugees and an outright ban on the immigration of Iraqis condemns thousands of our Iraqi wartime allies to languish and fend for themselves against the very enemies we asked them to help us fight.The blanket ban on immigration from Iraq and the four month moratorium on immigration from Afghanistan prevents our allies from reaching safety here in America and leaves countless thousands to be hunted for their service to the United States. If we commit to this, we will permanently harm our national security. Our credibility will be forever neutered if not eroded. Why would any potential ally ever trust America to keep its word again? It pains me to think how many US soldiers will now die in future wars because we couldn't recruit the local support that is often the difference between life and death. Moreover, this ban imposes a lifetime moral injury on our Iraq war veterans. Vietnam Veterans speak often of their half-century injury at having abandoned so many of our Vietnamese allies. Please ask President Trump to keep our promise to America’s veterans and allow for the Special Immigration Visa program to continue uninterrupted. Sincerely, Matt Zeller, Co-FounderNo One Left Behind  

No One Left Behind
40,916 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Katy Dickson, Margo Georgiadis

Ms. Dickson: Make a Muslim American Girl Doll

Dear Ms. Dickson, My name is Salwa and I am a middle school Muslim American girl. My little sister Zahra is in elementary school and we grew up reading all the American Girl stories. As American girls today, we are fortunate to be successors to a long line of real American girls who were strong, smart, courageous, and even defiant. But lately, it hasn’t always been easy to be strong. We’re lucky to go to a school where we are accepted, but we also know that many Muslim American kids are not as lucky. A recent study found that 42 percent of Muslims with children in grades K through 12 reported that their children had been bullied because of their religion. Even worse, the same study found that in 1 out of 4 incidents of bullying against Muslim students, teachers and school officials participated in the bullying. It’s wrong that any American girl or boy should have to grow up fearful to be themselves. Now, more than ever, it is critical that all Americans come together to protect and support each other. My sister and I can’t think of a more powerful way to show that our country is welcoming than by having a Muslim American girl join Addy, Felicity, Josefina, Julie, Kaya, Kit, Rebecca, and Samantha as an official American Girl doll. Sign our petition to ask American Girl to make a Muslim American doll. We love how each story in the American Girl book series is about a different girl from a different time in our nation’s history. Each girl introduced us to a part of our country’s history that we didn’t know about, and what it was like to be a girl at that time and place. Addy showed us what it was like for African Americans escaping slavery and Kaya showed us what it was like to live on this continent before America even existed. We admire their courage and rebellious spirit, and that they would do anything to fight for what they knew was right. Each girl in the American Girl series has a distinct personality and story, but no matter what her circumstances, each of them is strong, smart, and curious. By creating a Muslim doll in the American Girl series, our hope is that those people who are scared of or unsure about Muslims can get to know us through the story of the Muslim American Girl doll. With this doll, American Girl can help create a world where people like Zahra and I are accepted, and treated like any other American girl. Sincerely, Salwa and Zahra

Salwa and Zahra Khan
13,985 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Get an all-girls Afghan robotics team visas to come to the USA by July 13

You might have recently heard about the Muslim Ban that puts heavy locks on those from 7 primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States, this ban has ripped apart families and prevented even grandparents of citizens from gaining entry to the US. Because of this ban an All-Girls Afghan robotics team was denied visa's to come to the USA to participate in a FIRST robotics competition, yet their robot will be participating in the competition without them. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition where people are able to enter their robot into a competition and then are judged based on that robot and their presentation of it. This very special group of girls built a good enough robot that they were accepted into the FIRST Global Challenge held in Washington DC, and while teams from Syria and Sudan were granted Visa's to enter the US, this group of extraordinary girls were not. I would like to get these girls Visa's to enter the US so that they can attend their robotics competition and properly compete with their robot. Competitive High School Robotics is a large program, and to properly compete you often need to be on the scene with the robot to make sure that it functions properly. However, this group of girls will be forced to stay in Afghanistan and watch their robot compete from thousands of miles away. This group of extraordinary young women not only built a robot and entered it in FIRST, but then trekked 500 miles to the American Embassy in Kabul twice, in hopes of obtaining 7-day-visas only to be denied twice. In a country where the  These girls are a rarity in themselves. In America, attending a robotics competition, it is highly uncommon to see all-girls teams, often you see a smattering of girls at these competitions. However, in Afghanistan robotics doesn't play as big of a part of their culture as it does here. In fact, as quoted by Roya Mahboob who found Citadel Software Company 'Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.' This is not to mention the difficulty of gaining a good education in Afghanistan as a girl and the possibility of even risking one's life simply to go to school (as shown by 2016 acid attacks). I hope you'll join me in this fight to get these girls visa's into the US so that they can attend their competition and help correct a glaring point of injustice against Muslims, women, and those from Afghanistan.

Clara Chun
194 supporters