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refugees

124 petitions

Update posted 3 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
49,391 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Parliamentary Secretary Ole Schröder, President of the BAMF Jutta Cordt

Family Reunification from Greece: Let them be together again!

My name is Michael. I’ve been working in Greece as a volunteer for Mobile Info Team for more than a year now. I provide information on asylum procedures and legal support for refugees. Most of the people I speak to are trying to get back to loved ones. They’re going through what’s called a ‘Dublin procedure’ for family reunification. This takes up to eleven months. Currently there are more than 2000 people waiting to do this in Greece. In March, the German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, requested a restriction on these transfers, starting in April. Before then, Germany was reunifying over 300 people a month, now it’s around 70. If this continues, even people who have had their transfer approved could be waiting for another 3 years or might not even be allowed to fly. Mahmoud, 27 years old from Syria, has been in Greece for more than 18 months. His mother is sick and his brother has Down Syndrome. They are both in Germany. His sick mother has to take care of his brother around the clock, and that only makes her illness worse. She is alone and close to a breakdown. Mahmoud wants to be there and take care of them. “It is nearly unbearable,” he told me. “I can’t stand by their side, now when they need me so much. I don’t know how my mother can make it through so long without me.” Since we learned about the restriction, I’ve received dozens of calls and messages from desperate mothers, husbands, and siblings. They wish for nothing more than to start a new life with their families. They cannot understand why it’s taking so long. Lives are being put on hold. Many people have been here since the beginning of 2016. They are tired and feel powerless. They’re in an endless state of transit. This cannot continue. I urge Minister de Maizière to remove this limit immediately. Family unity is a human right! We’re collecting letters from people affected. We’re translating and sending them to Mr de Maizière, to make sure he understands what they’re going through. With your signatures behind their voices, we can force Mr de Maizière to listen to Mahmoud and the thousands of families who remain separated, and make him lift the restriction. The petition is available in the following languages: Deutsch | English | Italiano | Español | عربی | فارسی

Michael Kientzle
26,499 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, UK Parliament, European Parliament

Ensure the Rohingya are granted their rights and gain the respect they deserve

Author: Anuj Khemka, Thomas Jefferson Middle School student, Arlington, VA. Legislatures of the World,      For centuries, the Rohingya, a Muslim minority living in Myanmar, have been the victims of discrimination, persecution, and blatant injustice. This repression dates back to medieval times when the Burmese invaded the Rohingya independent kingdom of Arakan and forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee west. The Rohingya would eventually return to their original home (now the Burmese state of Rakhine), but in a world in which many fear that the advancement of one race signals the downfall of another, the Rohingya have struggled to be embraced. Today, the Rohingya face violent military assaults on their villages, are considered illegal immigrants by their own government, and are raped and forced into labor by Burmese soldiers.      Leaving Myanmar to escape this oppression isn't all that much better. Many Rohingya attempt to migrate to nearby Malaysia by boat, only to find themselves stranded at sea. Furthermore, stories of Burmese sailors capturing Rohingya at sea and torturing them, and Thai officials shipping stray Rohingya back out to sea, are all too frequent. Most fleeing Rohingya migrate to the Muslim majority country of Bangladesh. But to the Rohingya, Bangladesh offers refuge and not much else. In Bangladesh, the Rohingya are not allowed to work and as in Myanmar, they are seen as illegal immigrants. So while something needs to be done to end this predicament, evidently, merely aiding the Rohingya in escaping Myanmar is not going to change anything.    Instead, this issue needs to be faced head on. I ask that legislatures around the world including those of The United States, The United Kingdom, the European Union, and other countries, demand that Myanmar agree to a set of terms that will ensure the Rohingya are granted the rights and gain the respect they deserve. Some of these terms are - Granting the Rohingya citizenship Allowing international aid in the Burmese state of Rakhine Making it safer, cheaper, and easier for the Rohingya to leave the country Allowing international and national journalists to freely report on the plight of the Rohingya Immediately ceasing all military assaults on Rohingya villages Issuing an apology for the atrocious acts committed over the years against the Rohingya With pressure from legislatures around the world, Myanmar would likely be compelled to make progress towards finally ending the millennia-long persecution of the Rohingya.         I am just a 7th grade student in the United States, a country more than 8,000 miles from Myanmar. I have no ties to Myanmar and no ties to the Rohingya except that like them, I am a fellow human being. I cannot stand by and watch as an entire ethnic group faces mass annihilation. To me, to learn about the situation and then do nothing while the Rohingya screams of agony and fear become a mere pipsqueak is a sin. Instead, I will do whatever I can to ensure the possibility of a mass annihilation never becomes a reality, and I hope you, the members of the world's legislatures, will do the same.    

Vishal Khemka
257 supporters