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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 is a heroic Afghan interpreter who worked for the US military for seven years. Aysha's father, 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 for information on why they denied 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
48,288 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Lexington Federal Court

Badge Vs Badge Immediately Drop ALL False Charges Against TAS AGENT Chief Lacewell

     Power hungry Rookie Police Officer shows his inexperience when he falsely arrested the Senior ranking TAS {Tactical Assault Specialist) Officer and Chief of The Guard, whilst he was responding to his Call of Duty and his neighbors desperate pleas.     This 43 year old Serving Hero who was currently volunteering his and his Guards/Officers and Agents hours to Secure and Protect the frustrated and pleading citizens from the growing criminal element in his own neighborhood on his very street. This Black Ops Specialist known for Tactical Rescues and Kidnappings. He mainly that takes no money, because he believes he can't put a price on saving a life, not even hourly. This very same man who created the only and first male cancer foundation. Fighter against cancer and all diseases for over 2 decades. The creator of 3 100% non-income deductible fundraiser of children's cancer and sick Veterans. This man who when he gets a paycheck of grand amounts, he cashes it, then he drops it over half off anonymously at a charity. With no credit ever needed.      THIS MAN, is the man that was purposely setup by 4 young college girls seeking attention. Setup from his own neighbors who he freely offered his time to listen after a burglary and the cops had came and went, but they were terrified and wanted true and complete Protection and Security through the night. Especially since the offender was still at large and the officers told the young ladies that the odds were that they would not find out who robbed them. Chief Lacewell was question, with no respect to rank or position, he was detained and arrested hours after he responded to a clients & neighbors complaint. He was charged with impersonating and officer, though he works with officers all over the globe, and they knew this charge not to be true. Plus he trains Officers, theirs and many countless others. He rescues countless officers in trouble when the threat is above a regular shots fired. He has been the unseen bodyguard to countless political higher ups on both Political sides and yet they put this lie on him to arrest him. ALL BECAUSE OF THE CHARLIES FIVE BILL/ACT !!      A weak and cruel attempt to steal one of our Nation's, one of our World's most sacred of Protectors, most cherished of the un-honored shield Valor. Chief Lacewell was booked in his full tactical uniform and Shield, weapons, vest and all. Once in jail Chief Lacewell was stripped of all of his clothing for this entire stay, it was not a short one! Chief Lacewell was beaten in his cell late at night in his sleep, waking up on the floor unaware of what transgressed, but full aware that he felt as if he had been beaten senseless, repeatedly. His entire stay was in a cell for lunatics on the ward for lunatics. They spit in his food so that it was obvious, his trays of food were ALWAYS soaked in liquid and mushy gunk by the time he got it. He was on constant watch by inmates, and they started to feel bad for him, so they would pre-tell him about the food and they snuck him little niblets of food for him to survive. And survive he did.      But after a FULL 10,000 dollar bond and he is still being taking to court a year later with full charges. The girls have relocated and have never shown for court, other witnesses robbed that same day have made several statements contradicting the false charges and statements and yet the City and D.A. still persist. Chief Lacewell has lost over 5.7 Million dollars in the past year of expected income, his local office couldn't afford to stay open finacially nor reputation wise. Money and a reputation desperately needed to Fund The C.h.a.r.l.i.e.s. Five ACT and his family. Contracts were put on freeze and his reputation has been slander without limit. They took all forms of identification from him, so he basically doesn't exist if questioned and he was warned that he would be arrest for such. They also tried to hide that they added that Chief Lacewell is supposed to be the thief. When Chief Lacewell was on a missing Child/Persons Case and he found 2 dead children whist looking for one. And yet when he got back, he proceeded to assist one of his teams on a raid and then he went to his office to train more cadets. At that time he was called and told that the neighbor hood had been robbed hours prior and the neighbors were out in big numbers looking for Chief. Hours later Chief was free to respond and yet the officers and court were told this immediately and yet they chose to disbelieve the entire neighborhood on the chance/hope to get a fake cop bust, in a time when they had 3 active fakers out there.{Note; Chief Lacewells' House & 2 Cars were broken into as well & Robbed}      Oddly enough they had 9, Chief Lacewell and The Guard caught the other 6, but that seems to be irrelevant in Kentucky. The Judge told Chief Lacewell, that he knew exactly who he was and they have all the legal proof that Chief is Chief. And yet they still say the must prosecute. When his Lawyer asked what type of madness this was, they were told that in Kentucky You're Guilty until proven innocent. The opposite of our Constitutional rights. And yet they have yet to to stop, this has gone on for a year and they keep pressing. At this point, it's not all about an apology.. Just SET THIS MAN FREE!!!!! To add he was immediately allowed by the judge to return to work and yet he was arrest for that very same said work. He has not been able to accept one cent while under this case and yet he has worked every single day non stop. FREE OUR HERO< FREE OUR CHIEF!!!   Special Note: Chief was never even read his right by acknowledgement of the Officer and yet it's obvious this was not about Chief having any Rights.                            Find More on Chief Lacewell or just get to know this Hero @                                                        http://Actguard.webstarts.com/                                           Facebook & Instagram @Act_Guard_Tactical

Activist for Chief D. Lacewell
619 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Department of Homeland Security

Stop Separating Immigrant Families_Buddhist Statement

As Buddhist leaders and practitioners, we unreservedly condemn the recently imposed policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexican border. Over the past few weeks, thousands of children have been inhumanely taken from their parents by US Customs and Border Protection, in a policy that has been condemned by the United Nations and many international human rights observers. Indeed, no other country has a policy of separating families who intend to seek asylum. Whatever the legal status of those attempting to enter the US, separating children from their parents is a contravention of basic human rights. Parents seeking asylum make long, dangerous and arduous journeys in an attempt to find safety and well-being for their precious children. Ripping these vulnerable children from their parents is cruel, inhumane, and against the principles of compassion and mercy espoused by all religious traditions. From a Buddhist perspective, it is the close bond between parents and children that nurtures not only the physical well-being of children, but their psychological health and their moral formation.  Separating children from their parents and holding them in detention inflicts terrible and needless trauma and stress on young children that hampers and damages their development, causing long-term damage. This policy being employed on United States soil is morally unconscionable. That such egregious actions be employed as a deterrent for families seeking entry and/or asylum in the U.S. – using the sacred bond between innocent youth and their parents – is unjustifiable on any level. We suggest that our current defenders of this policy visit some of these border crossings and child detention centers so they can experience for themselves the present effects of their decisions. It is difficult to conceive that anyone having compassion for our world’s children and their families, and who witnesses such pain and anguish for themselves could continue to uphold such a practice. As people of faith and conscience, we feel that it is important that we speak out clearly in defense of basic human rights at this time, calling for an immediate end to this heartless practice. In doing so, we join the voices of many religious leaders and congregations that have unreservedly condemned this policy of separation. This policy is a serious violation of the rights of the child and must be stopped today. Signed: (Click here for a list of over 200 Buddhist leaders)

Soto Zen Buddhist Association
48,444 supporters
This petition won 2 months 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
30,010 supporters