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refugees

120 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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 to U.S. forces and and 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) have a high-ranking official reconsider the family’s case. 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.  They are the prime target for terrorist organizations and will inevitably be killed if they are not rescued. 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. So why is the U.S. government claiming that they are security threat, and denying them entry into the country? Sign my petition to ask USCIS to reconsider their case. After the devastating denial we received last year, Mohammed, his family, and his supporters in the U.S. have one last chance to appeal the decision. But we need your help. We have already submitted over 100 letters recommending that Mohammed be allowed in, now we want to collect thousands of petition signatures saying the same. Will you add your name? We are confident that, given the family’s well-documented loyalty to the United States, if USCIS takes a close look at the facts and circumstances of this case, the agency will approve the resettlement petition and finally allow Mohammed's family, who has sacrificed so much for our country, to be reunited. We made a promise to protect this family. We cannot let this family die at the hands of our common enemy.

Peter Farley
21,281 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer

Help Bring Peter's Children to the United States

It only takes five minutes to read Peter Digo’s story, but by doing so you may help reunite a family and make a lifetime of difference. During the Second Sudanese Civil War, thousands of children were forced to flee their homes, leaving more than 20,000 boys and girls in Southern Sudan orphaned and displaced. Many walked thousands of miles to safety and many died before reaching refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. The survivors of this tragic migration are the Lost Boys of Sudan. Peter Digo is one of them. For more than 20 years, starting when he was only 12 years old, Peter lived in the Sherkole refugee camp in western Ethiopia. Life was hard -- there were no schools, no clean water, not enough food and few jobs. Life became more difficult when he started a family, as there were not enough resources and few opportunities. In 2008, Peter was approved to leave the Sherkole camp for the United States. He and three of his children resettled in Syracuse, NY, where his youngest child was born and he began working full time. However, at the time, his other children with his first wife were trying to reenter Sudan with their mom and were unable to accompany Peter. They later had to return to the camp, and his children from that union -- Philemon, 19, Pamella, 17, and Bole, 14 --  still live there today. Peter, now a U.S. citizen, is thankful for his new life. His other four children, ranging from 7 to 16, live with him and attend Syracuse schools. However, Peter fears for his other children’s safety and well-being in the refugee camp. They still live with their mother and her other five children, but she has approved their move to the United States so they will have access to better living standards and opportunities. For the past nine years, Peter has been sending money to them every month and calling them daily. Peter’s children have not been able to grow up with their half-siblings and have not even met his youngest child, who was born in the United States. When Peter visited my class, I felt instant resonance with him -- for me as an international student almost 8,000 miles from home, I cannot see my family often because of the expensive airfare and year-round school work. I am still able to see and talk with them, but the separation from family and community is excruciating. Incomparable as my situation is, it is also true for Peter. I cannot imagine not seeing my family for nine years; no one deserves to be separated like this from loved ones. U.S. immigration policies allow refugees to request permanent residency for their families, which Peter did two years ago. All necessary documents have been prepared, including paternity tests. However, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has not provided any update regarding Peter’s application for his three children to join him here. It is easy to watch the news and feel powerless about what happens in the world. But by petitioning the New York State Senators to urge the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to approve this case, you are making a difference. Please take a few minutes out of your day to sign and change the lives of this family. Thank you.

Lishu He
53 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
539 supporters