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refugees

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Petition to USCIS , Jeanne Shaheen, US State Department, Tim Kaine, John McCain, Elaine Duke, David Perdue, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jack Reed, Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Richard Blumenthal, Joe Donnelly, Mazie Hirono, Angus King, Martin Heinrich, Elizabeth Warren, Gary Peters, Donald Trump, James Inhofe, Roger Wicker, Deb Fischer, Tom Cotton, Mike Rounds, Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Benjamin Sasse, Luther Strange, Jerry Brown, Tom McClintock, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Jeff Denham, Mac Thornberry, Adam Smith, Walter Jones, Robert Brady, Joe Wilson, Susan Davis, Frank LoBiondo, James Lankford, James Langevin, Rob Bishop, Mike Lee, Rick Larsen, Michael Turner, Michelle Obama, Jim Cooper, Mike Rogers, Madeleine Bordallo, Trent Franks, Trey Gowdy, Joe Courtney, Bill Shuster, Niki Tsongas, Mike Conaway, John Garamendi, Doug Lamborn, Jackie Speier, Rob Wittman, Marc Veasey, Duncan Hunter, Tulsi Gabbard, Mike Coffman, Beto O'Rourke, Vicky Hartzler, Donald Norcross, Austin Scott, Ruben Gallego, Mo Brooks, Seth Moulton, Paul Cook, Colleen Hanabusa, Jim Bridenstine, Carol Shea-Porter, Brad Wenstrup, Jacky Rosen, Bradley Byrne, A. Donald McEachin, Sam Graves, Salud Carbajal, Elise Stefanik, Anthony Brown, Martha McSally, Stephanie Murphy, Steven Knight, Ro Khanna, Steve Russell, Tom O'Halleran, Scott DesJarlais, Thomas Suozzi, Ralph Abraham, Jimmy Panetta, Trent Kelly, Michael Gallagher, Matt Gaetz, Don Bacon, Jim Banks, Liz Cheney, Jamie Raskin, Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, John Bird

Save Aysha and Her Family from Being Executed by the Taliban

Aysha and her family are in critical danger because Aysha's father Muhammad, a heroic Afghan interpreter, worked for the US military for seven years. Muhammad directly saved American soldiers' lives, including one time he dashed into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. 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. But the Taliban considers him a criminal and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad, his wife, and his four young daughters. The whole family has been living in hiding for four years. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban. Even the children are unable to leave their apartment. Leaks in the roof have made the young girls sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter. Meet Aysha, Muhammad, and the rest of their family in our 2-min video https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFBRd47rz7x9SHaJxEOH6IRXEgYg19L9D and help us by sharing the video (especially with your representatives in Congress) with hashtags #SaveAysha and #SaveOurAllies. My family and I tried to sponsor Aysha and her family for humanitarian parole to save their lives, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied the cases. Aysha's aunt and uncle in the United States offered to care for her and her sisters, but USCIS refused to even save the kids, making the ridiculous claim that Aysha and her sisters are “security concerns.” Tell the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch at USCIS, John Bird, to re-open and approve Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases to save them from the Taliban before it is too late. USCIS doesn't question that leaving this family behind is a death sentence. They just don't care enough about refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. 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 Muhammad's brothers and a nephew, Sahil, who was also an interpreter, were shot and left for dead in an assassination attempt on Muhammad and his family. After the Taliban ambush, Muhammad fled his home district, just in time to escape a second Taliban attack that destroyed their family home. Consequently, Muhammad lost all contact with US military personnel who could have helped him apply for an SIV visa. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight over a year ago, I was determined to do everything possible to save their lives. Muhammad had tried to apply to the US as a refugee on his own, but he was denied for “discretionary security reasons,” a very common problem for former military interpreters and their families. When Muhammad'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, thinking that after the Taliban 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 Muhammad to save his life and his family's lives. They do not deserve to suffer and die because of Muhammad's service to the US military. My family hired a lawyer and filed a humanitarian parole case to sponsor Muhammad 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. In what our lawyer says is the most egregious case she has ever seen, USCIS denied Muhammad and his family's humanitarian parole cases because his refugee case had been denied and without even bothering to figure out why the refugee case had been denied. Thus, they denied Muhammad's humanitarian parole case for “discretionary reasons” without even knowing what those discretionary reasons were. This is effectively a death sentence for the entire family. When our lawyer pleaded with USCIS to at least let Muhammad's young daughters come live with their aunt and uncle in the US, the director of the Humanitarian Affairs Branch of USCIS, John Bird, refused to approve any of the family's cases and made the absurd claim that granting a one-year visa to anyone in the family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, is a security concern. Because of USCIS's policy and Muhammad's service to the US military, Muhammad's children were literally born with a death sentence. Mr. Bird acknowledges that Muhammad and his family meet all the criteria for humanitarian parole, and he does not question that they will be killed if left in their current situation. He just does not care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban.  Worse yet, last October USCIS granted humanitarian parole to family members of Las Zetas drug cartel members who murdered US ICE agents in Mexico, so that the family members of the murderers could attend a trial in Washington, D.C. Thus, USCIS is literally treating Muhammad and his family worse than criminals. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453519/operation-fast-and-furious-victor-avila-betrayed-obama-administration Sign the petition to tell USCIS to re-open and approve Muhammad's and his family's cases quickly. Muhammad 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 daughters to safety and to give them a future. If USCIS does not re-open and 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. The Sacramento Bee wrote a story about USCIS's recent denial of Muhammad and his entire family for humanitarian parole and my family's efforts to save them. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article187680333.html The Ithaca Voice recently published a story highlighting the absurdity of USCIS blacklisting a toddler. https://ithacavoice.com/2018/02/case-denied-not-closed-fight-continues-afghan-interpreter-trying-escape-pakistan/ For more background information, The Ithaca Voice published a detailed story over the summer about Muhammad and his career with the US military: https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/former-afghan-interpreter-hopes-find-sanctuary-u-s-help-cornell-student/ No One Left Behind, the non-profit fighting to save Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, also published a blog post highlighting Muhammad's case http://nooneleft.org/2017/12/12/4221/ Please call your Congressional representatives and ask them to join our bipartisan sign-on letter asking DHS to re-open Muhammad's case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ Email me (Kristy Perano) at save.aysha@gmail.com to find out how you can help or for more information on Muhammad's case. Please also email me if you know Muhammad personally or if you know any government officials or reporters who may be able to help raise public awareness of Muhammad's case.

Kristy Perano
47,559 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Donald Trump, Jim McGovern

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
93,041 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, marty meehan, Robert Manning

Fund the William Joiner Institute, Keep Your Promise to Veterans

Since 1982 the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences has served veterans, refugees, and their families whose lives have been scarred by war. Its groundbreaking programs of research, teaching, advocacy, international educational and cultural exchange, and art programming have received recognition locally, nationally, and internationally. The Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Lannan Foundation, Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, International Research Exchange (IREX), Mass Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities have all supported their programs. Now, however, suddenly, the Institute faces the prospect of extinction, a casualty of the budget crisis at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where systemic problems have led to severe cutbacks that threaten the urban mission of the university. Early in its history the Institute received funding from the Commonwealth through a discreet line item in the state budget. Later, the Institute’s budget was folded into the university’s budget with an agreement that it would absorb cuts and increases in the same proportions as the campus’s budget overall. Over time that agreement was slowly eroded. This past week, the university presented the Institute with a budget that would reduce staff levels from the 2017 level of 5.5 positions to 1.5 beginning July 1st, 2018. No position would be full-time. The director position would be funded at 80% time, an administrative assistant at 45% time, and a project coordinator at 30% time. Over the next years, the university will continue to withdraw state supported funding from the Joiner to practically zero. We believe these cuts to the Joiner Institute to be extreme, disproportionate, and inequitable, a betrayal of the university and the Commonwealth’s commitment to veterans and their families and a truly backward step in a community’s much needed efforts to generate useful research, scholarship, teaching and programming addressing the continuing impacts of war and violence. We ask: - At a time when an estimated 22 veterans commit suicide each day, - At a time when veterans of wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan become ill and die each day from exposures to toxins, - At a time when the gap in the experiences and understanding between military and civilians is growing wider and wider, - At a time when the United States is involved in conflicts around the world and operates bases on most every continent, with annual budgets amounting to billions to operate them, often receiving little oversight, - At a time when the structure of our largest system of health care delivery and the source of services for millions of veterans around the country is being threatened by underfunding and moves toward privatization, - At time when each day nuclear war seems less and less impossible, Why are we eliminating support for a unique Institute founded by veterans that seeks to examine the social and health consequences of war and ways to address these issues and bring veterans, refugees, and citizens together in dialogue? For thirty-five years the Joiner Institute as an integral part of UMass Boston has been saving lives, educating citizens, serving veterans, and mentoring them into leadership positions. We believe that veterans are more than the dollars their GI Bills bring to university coffers, seeing them not as consumers, but as contributors and creators. In the most immediate future, these funding cuts will impact our annual Writers' Workshop (now in its 31st year), our "Humanizing How We Teach about War and Violent Conflict" High School Teachers Workshop, our Music Therapy programs for veterans, our research into the health effects of the Iraq War, our collaborative and creative exchanges with the countries of Iraq and Vietnam, as well as numerous other programs such as our Speaker Series, translation projects, veterans outreach support programs, which address the long term impacts of war and the possibilities of healing, reconciliation, and the transformation of trauma and conflict through creative arts. We ask that you sign our petition to demand restoration of full funding for the Joiner Institute to continue its ongoing mission to address the social and health consequences of war through research, education, advocacy, and outreach support. Our Joiner friends, supporters, and members have always been our greatest asset as an organization and we owe our existence and ongoing programs to the tireless work and support of so many from our community. Whether you attended a Writers' Workshop, a lecture, were part of our veterans’ support programs, fought for recognition of the devastation of Agent Orange on veterans’ lives, or have contributed a financial donation, we owe our legacy and public work to you. We ask again for your support to keep the legacy of the Joiner Institute alive and thriving. In an era of continued violence, wars that seem never ending, in times of dramatic increases in refugees fleeing from war torn countries, the work of the Joiner Institute is as vital as ever and even more needed. Please sign your name, leave a comment, share this campaign, call your local senator, representative, or the president of the UMass System to share your support for the continued work of the Joiner Institute and for its future. We are grateful for your support and advocacy. We will be planning more actions in the coming days and weeks so stay tuned.   Sincerely, The Staff of the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences Thomas T. Kane, PhD, DirectorKevin Bowen, Former Director and FounderPaul Atwood, Founding Co-Director 1982-85, Interim Director, 2011-14Nguyen Ba Chung, Research FellowMitch Manning, Program CoordinatorPatrick McCormack, Business Manager umb.edu/joinerinstitute

Joiner Institute
4,151 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ryan Costello, Pat Toomey, Donald Trump, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, Raul Labrador, Zoe Lofgren, Robert Casey, Dwight Evans, Patrick Meehan

Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Immigrants in the United States

The members of Exton Community Baptist Church (ECBC) of Exton, Pennsylvania, are asking our friends and neighbors to stand with our immigrant community. These immigrants, many of whom are living and working in the U.S. on H-1B or refugee class visas, and even some Green Card holders, are experiencing actions by the U.S. government that are putting their families and futures at risk. These risks include loss of employment, loss of the ability to live and work in the U.S., loss of family income, disruption in the education of their children, and in some cases the risk of death or persecution upon return to their countries of origin. Recent increases in scrutiny, massive cuts in H-1B quotas, and other changes in U.S. Federal policy are affecting churches and their members and ministries throughout the country. And many of our refugee populations are being targeted now, too, with especially frightening potential outcomes. These immigrants are our friends, neighbors, and wards. As Americans and as people of faith we are compelled to love and protect them. We do not support the deportation of our friends, nor will we forget the actions that have led to their absence. These are some of the specific decisions that are putting our immigrants at risk. The decision to deport 200,000 Salvadorans who came here after two horrifying earthquakes which killed over 100,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.[1] We stand with Church World Service’s condemnation of this decision.[2] The decision to end TPS Visas for refugees from the Sudan, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Haiti. President George H.W. Bush created the TPS program in 1990 because he believed that our country has a responsibility to care for our neighbors.[3] The decision to cut our country’s quota for refugees in half.[4] We now have the lowest quota we have seen since 40 years ago, when our population – currently 326 million – was just 222 million. In 1980, we had an annual ceiling of 231,700. In 1990, we had a ceiling of 125,000.[5] Efforts to cut this figure down to less than 50,000 are inhumane. The decision to force immigration judges into a quota system and restrict their ability to refer cases to appellate courts.[6] Due process is a basic tenet of our legal system. Undermining the application of this principle sets a dangerous precedent for all Americans. The President’s efforts to remove a 2015 rule that allowed the spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work in the U.S. [7] These spouses pay taxes and serve our communities in constructive ways. They should be allowed to contribute to our nation’s people, services, and economy. We are asking you, our political representatives, to fight these actions. We, too, are immigrants –immigrants in fact, or the descendants of immigrants. And we are Christians who believe in compassion and are compelled by our scriptures to love and respect all – even the foreigners in our midst. We are made stronger when we embrace the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner as our own. The principles that we embrace are found in: Lev. 19:33-34, Deut. 27:19, Ezk. 47:22, Zech. 7:9-10, Matt. 25:35, and Heb. 13:2. [1] https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/06/politics/el-salvador-tps-immigration/index.html[2] https://cwsglobal.org/cws-condemns-heartless-dhs-decision-to-terminate-protections-for-salvadoran-tps-holders/ [3] https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status[4] http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/26/trump-to-cut-number-of-refugees-in-u-s-by-more-than-half/[5] https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/data-hub/charts/us-annual-refugee-resettlement-ceilings-and-number-refugees-admitted-united [6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-seeking-to-speed-deportations-to-impose-quotas-on-immigration-judges/2018/04/02/a282d650-36bb-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html?utm_term=.257d4b6fb1a7[7] https://cis.org/Huennekens/H1B-Spouses-Lose-Work-Authorization

Exton Community Baptist Church
370 supporters