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refugees

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Petition to Barack Obama

End Family Detention: Shut Down Berks!

A group of Central American mothers and their young children who came to this country seeking protection have been imprisoned for months on end now. Many of them have been in “family detention” for as long as a year, some of them longer. It has been more than a year since "family detention" was declared unlawful by a federal judge, and more than a year since the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued its scathing report calling for an end to family detention.  Life in this prison is so terrible that a group of 22 mothers went on a hunger strike when DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated publicly that mothers and children in their situation were being detained for no longer than 20 days on average. These mothers are still pleading for their freedom and that of their children. Please sign my petition in solidarity with these courageous mothers, demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) free them. The detention of these mothers and children is unlawful and cruel, and not how we should treat traumatized families who are seeking safety in our country. There are children as young as 2 years old who have been living in this “baby jail” for as long as a year.  The mothers who went on the hunger strike came to the U.S. desperately seeking protection under the law.  Support the Berks mothers and sign to demand that DHS free them and their families. Berks Family Prison is not a safe or healthy place for anyone to be living. Detainees are deprived of sleep, their access to legal counsel and medical attention is interfered with, and they are constantly threatened for speaking up about the mistreatment. When the Berks Mothers began their hunger strike back in August, Immigration and Customs Enforcement threatened that they would lose custody of their children if they didn’t stop. In response, the mothers fasted (one meal a day) for a week to give ICE the opportunity to make the humane, just and lawful choice to free them. While the hunger strike ended, many of the Madres Berks are still detained with their children to this day. This is unacceptable and has to stop. Please sign our petition in support of the Madres Berks, so that they may be released to their families while their asylum cases are processed. There is no reason for these women and children to be in detention. Photo credit: Mark Makela for The New York Times

Amy Maldonado
9,518 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Department of Homeland Security, United Nations

Accept 65,000 Syrian Refugees into the United States.

We are two eighth grade students hoping to make a difference for the millions of Syrian refugees. Please join us in our efforts to help those in need. The situation in Syria is unimaginable. There have already been more than 300,000 deaths due to this ongoing tragedy. Almost half of Syria's pre-war population of 23 million has been displaced by the war, 6.5 million of which having been internally displaced within Syria. With all of this going on in the world around us, the average person cannot even point out Syria on a map. Recourses for refugees in Syria are scarce: About 70% of the population is without access to adequate drinking water, one-in-three people are unable to meet their basic food needs, more than 2 million children are out of school, and 4 out of 5 people live in poverty. The worst part is that there is no one willing to help the countless people living in these conditions. (BBC News) Of 4.8 million refugees who have managed to fled from Syria, 95% are in just five countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The U.S. has taken in a total of 10,000. (Amnesty International :: September 4, 2015). Over half of the states in America oppose accepting Syrian refugees, despite having more than enough resources to accommodate the change. This is not, by any means, morally acceptable. “Syria has become the great tragedy of this century, a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history. The only solace is the humanity shown by the neighboring countries in welcoming and saving the lives of so many refugees.” — António Guterres, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees

Zelie Chowaiki
27 supporters