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refugees

52 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Donald Trump, U.S. Department of State, Rex Tillerson, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

They Stood with Us: Save Iraqi Family Under Immediate Threat for Working with U.S. Troops

Mohammed, a 62-year-old Iraqi, and his family are in grave danger because of their affiliation with the U.S. military and desperately need to be granted refugee status in the United States before it’s too late. Multiple generations of Mohammed’s family have risked their lives for U.S. forces and to bring freedom and safety to Iraq. Two of his sons served as interpreters for the U.S. Army, and his brother interpreted for the Marine Corps. All three of them had their lives threatened, and one son was shot in the face by militia. Mohammed’s brother was shot, killed, and left dead in a dumpster when the militia found out about his work. Please sign my petition asking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expedite processing of the family’s refugee case that was recently approved on a conditional basis.  Three of Mohammed’s children (the two interpreter brothers and one of their sisters) have already been resettled in recognition of their sacrifices for the United States. But Mohammed, his wife, and his three other children (including a 10-year-old daughter) remain in Iraq, where they are in hiding due to their history of support for the U.S. and the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.  While they wait for their case to be finalized, they remain a prime target for terrorist organizations.  After over six years of vetting, they continue to fear for their lives and the risk of being them being killed because of their affiliation with the U.S. is increased the longer their case is delayed. Mohammed and his family firmly believe in the importance of U.S. national security – the family collectively made the decision to defend it at great personal risk.      Yet, last year, the family received a devastating denial of their refugee case with no explanation.  American citizens rallied behind the family and over 22,000 signatures were gathered on Change.org asking USCIS to review the decision in light of the sacrifices the family has made for the U.S.  USCIS considered the entirety of the evidence and made a wrong right by overturning their previous denial.  We are incredibly grateful for the USCIS officials who took a hard look at the case and put this family back on track for refugee resettlement to the US.  However, it is important to remember that the ordeal is not over until the day the family safely escapes Iraq, lands stateside, and clears customs.    Mohammed and his family have been through enough.  They have had family members killed and wounded and they have had their family torn apart.  All of this is because of their loyalty to the U.S. It is time to bring the rest of the family to new home in the U.S.  They deserve to be reunited and should no longer fear daily for their lives.  Sign my petition to ask USCIS to finalize their case.  We made a promise to protect this family. We cannot let this family die at the hands of our common enemy.

Peter Farley
50,727 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Shaker Heights City Council

Make Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City

As a group of Shaker Heights residents from diverse backgrounds, we are asking our City Council to join San Francisco, Cincinnati, Columbus, and dozens of other municipalities across the country by declaring Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City. The full text of this resolution can be found below. If you currently reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio, please join us in supporting this resolution by signing this petition and sharing it with your friends and neighbors. *** A resolution to ensure Shaker Heights remains a welcoming and inclusive city for all immigrants to live, work, or visit by declaring Shaker Heights a Sanctuary City; and requesting the Administration of Shaker Heights adopt policies that further the City’s role as a Sanctuary City. Whereas on Wednesday January 25, 2017, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order, announcing a massive expansion of interior immigration enforcement directing Department of Homeland Security personnel to arrest, apprehend, and initiate enforcement actions against “any alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe” has violated immigration laws; Whereas on Friday January 29, 2017, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order temporarily banning entry into the United States for migrants and legal residents of the United States from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and for migrants and refugees from across the globe; Whereas these Executive Orders are anathema to our shared values as a nation of immigrants; Whereas in Shaker Heights, as in the United States, our success depends on making sure that all residents feel safe and welcome; Whereas Shaker Heights always has been and continues to be a welcoming city to everyone, including immigrants; Whereas the Shaker Heights City School District has a long and proud history of valuing and supporting diversity in its students and its teachings, committing to graduating students with a knowledge of a global and multicultural society; and Whereas this Council and the citizens of Shaker Heights understand that by recognizing the contributions all of us make to create a vibrant culture and a growing economy, we make our city, and our country, more prosperous and inclusive; now, therefore, be it Resolved, by the Shaker Heights City Council of Ohio, that: 1. the City of Shaker Heights declares itself to be a sanctuary city; 2. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not stop, question, interrogate, investigate, or arrest an individual based solely on actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status; 3. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not inquire about the immigration status of an individual, including a crime victim, a witness, or a person who calls or approaches the police seeking assistance, unless necessary to investigate criminal activity by that individual; 4. personnel of the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall not inquire about or request proof of immigration status or citizenship when providing services or benefits, except where the receipt of such services or benefits are contingent upon one’s immigration or citizenship status or where inquiries are otherwise lawfully required by federal, state, or local laws; 5. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall limit the information collected from individuals concerning immigration or citizenship status to that necessary to perform department duties and shall prohibit the use or disclosure of such information in any manner that violates federal, state, or local law; 6. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department may not use city or department monies, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or national origin; 7. individuals in the custody of the Police Department  of Shaker Heights shall be subject to the same booking, processing, release, and transfer procedures, policies, and practices of the department, regardless of actual or suspected citizenship or immigration status; 8. the Police Department of the City of Shaker Heights shall not perform the functions of a federal immigration officer or otherwise engage in the enforcement of federal immigration law;      9. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall refuse any request from a state or federal agency that is not accompanied by a judicial warrant to determine a resident’s or visitor’s immigration status solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration laws; and 10. the City of Shaker Heights and its Police Department shall refuse any requests that that are extensions of any federal immigration police enforcement actions and shall not enter into any agreements to carry out federal enforcement actions, but leave such actions to federal authorities.

Brandon Cornuke
544 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Donald Trump, United Nations, Rex Tillison, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arab league, Theresa May MP, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel (CDU), Paolo Gentiloni, Mariano Rajoy, Council of the European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, Mitch McConnell, Lou Barletta

Refugee Show and Tell Project: A Campaign to Humanize Refugees

Be it intentional and unintentional, media coverage often portrays refugees as a homogenous block of suffering people. Most newspapers and channels broadcast refugees exclusively during the worst moments of their lives, creating stereotypes that make it difficult for people to individually sympathize with them. Research has found that when we only see people in groups, it is difficult for us to see individuals in those groups as free-thinking minds that are capable of living the same rich human experience we enjoy. When we fail to see refugees as individuals, we fail to see them as humans. When we don't consider these individuals as human, we end up not caring about their feelings and struggles, which enable us to submit to fear, negativity, and anger generated by rhetorics and false imaginations. This is what we hope to change.  We hope to humanize refugees and emphasize these individuals’ right to narrate their own lives. Through a campaign run mostly on social media, we hope to use refugees' stories and experiences that will enable people across the globe to see refugees as individuals with just as much of promise, emotions, and life as you and I do. They are refugees, but they are also musicians, designers, scholars, mothers, aspiring Olympian athlete...  Especially in the current global political climate, we believe that changing people's perceptions of refugees is the most effective way to garner long-term policy change regarding refugees.  So, join us to stand with refugees, to support human rights, and to give people rights to tell their own stories. #SeeRefugees Our Facebook Page

Julie Yao
46 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to USCIS , Jeanne Shaheen, US State Department, Tim Kaine, John McCain, Elaine Duke, David Perdue, Kirsten Gillibrand

Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed

Aysha's father Mohammed is a heroic interpreter who worked with the US military for 9 years in Afghanistan. His military supervisors praised his work ethic, dedication, and trustworthiness, and his incredible skill of fluently speaking six languages made him indispensable on Special Forces night raids on Taliban insurgents. He once saved an American soldier by dashing into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. But the Taliban considers his faithful service to the US military a capital crime and is working hard to find and kill Mohammed and his wife and children. Tell USCIS to approve Mohammed and his family's humanitarian parole case to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. When the US military mostly pulled out of Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban gained strength in Afghanistan and killed many interpreters or their family members in revenge. One of Mohammed's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Mohammed and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Mohammed fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Mohammed lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. He has been living in hiding for three years with his wife and young children. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban and are unable to leave their house. Frequent power outages mean they are often staying in a house in 110 degree weather with no cooling system and no refrigerator. Leaks in the roof have made his children sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter. When I learned about Mohammed and his family's case a few months ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Mohammed had tried to apply to the US as a refugee, but he was denied for “discretionary reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Mohammed's refugee case was denied, he was devastated and lost all hope for saving his life and his family's lives. He said the only option left for him was to surrender to the Taliban and hope that after they tortured and killed him, they would stop looking for his children. I told him not to give up and promised him to find a way to save their lives. Please help me keep my promise to Mohammed to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Mohammed's service to the US military. My family has hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Mohammed and his family to come live in the US while he works to get permanent, legal status in the US. Our humanitarian parole case for them may be our last chance to save their lives. Sign the petition to tell USCIS to approve Mohammed's case quickly. Mohammed is a hero who faithfully served the US military for over 9 years and is now in grave danger because the Taliban is determined to get revenge. He has already lost everything except his and his family's lives because of his service to America, but he is still proud of his choice to work for the US military. All he wants in return is the chance to bring his children to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not approve his case, he will be left behind to be killed by the same terrorists that he risked his life to fight for so many years. To learn more about No One Left Behind, the non-profit that advocates for and assists in resettling interpreters like Mohammed, visit http://nooneleft.org/

Michelle P
13,386 supporters