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Ukraine Refugees

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This petition won 4 days ago

Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas, Honorable Antony Blinken, Rob Portman, Senator Dick Durbin, Honorable Kathy Hochul, Phil Murphy, Jared Polis, Governor Eric Holcomb, Jay Inslee, Ron DeSantis, Bob Menendez

U​.​S. Needs to Accept Ukrainian Refugees IMMEDIATELY

*UPDATE: April 21st, 2022* A HUGE THANK YOU and congratulations to everyone who has signed, shared, and promoted this petition! Your efforts have helped to build pressure toward changing policies to help Ukrainian Refugees in need. On April 21st, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine. Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States for a period of up to two years. Click here for the full announcement and information on how to apply starting on April 25th. We will continue to watch as refugees begin to apply and seek shelter in the United States to ensure that they are able to make it here to safety soon. Additionally, given that 5 million people have left Ukraine, 100,000 will only make a small dent in the overall resettlement support needed. We hope that the Administration will monitor for future needs as the crisis in Ukraine continues. _________________________________________________________________ My name is Ashley Testa and my family is in crisis. On the morning of February 23rd, my family woke up to the sound of explosions followed by artillery fire. They quickly fled and piled into the car. Despite the fact that my husband, Misha, has U.S. citizenship, our family was not allowed to seek refuge in the U.S. At present, there is NO official Ukrainian Refugee Program in the U.S. for Ukrainian families to come to the United States—even for those who have immediate family members as U.S. citizens or residents or official sponsors. Misha’s mother, sister, sister-in-law, and our four nieces and nephews, ages 5-12, left everything behind. Most tragically, they had to leave their fathers, husbands, sons behind. We do not know if or when they will be reunited. Our family drove towards Poland while bombs went off in the background. They had to share blankets to stay warm in the frigid weather and ration their limited food and gas. After 5 days of driving, they reached the border.  They planned to board a plane to the U.S., but realized that since only one family member had a U.S. green card, they could not go to the U.S. as a family. We were shocked. Luckily, since then, 7 of our family members have received visa approval. However, this is incredibly rare. Only 7 Ukrainian refugees resettled in the U.S. from March 1 - 16. Appointments for Ukrainians to interview for a U.S. visa are booked out through September. Most will also not be approved. Other options such as the Family Reunification immigration process currently have a wait time of about 15 years! President Biden has made several statements over the past week stating that he would “welcome Ukrainian refugees with open arms,” but has yet to do something about it. Lawmakers have proposed solutions, such as offering Humanitarian Parole, and are waiting for action. We beg you to allow Ukrainian families to come here. We’re on our hands and knees. They’ve been through enough. They’ve lost everything. My hope is to reach 500,000 signatures in order to demonstrate the passion of the American people to help refugees to resettle here to President Biden.

Ashley Testa
156,446 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to International Committee of the Red Cross

Stop the Red Cross from aiding the deportation of Ukrainians to Russia

On March 24, 2022, it was announced that the Red Cross and Russia established an agreement to “help” Ukrainians through an office in Russia. Ukrainians are outraged, but nothing has been done to stop it.  Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, asked Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for permission to open an office in Rostov-on-the-Don, Russia, to aid Ukrainian victims of the Russian invasion. In other words, the donations the world has made to the Red Cross to help Ukrainians will be used to abet the forced deportation of Ukrainians into the aggressor country destroying their cities, homes, and lives.  We cannot enable Russia in its crimes!  Please sign this petition to support my appeal to Mr. Maurer and the International Committee of the Red Cross to end this agreement now. __ To Mr. Maurer and the ICRC: Please do not undermine the humanitarian efforts of your organization in Ukraine since its invasion by Russia. Your request to open an office in Rostov-on-the-Don, a city in Russia, to help Ukrainians being slaughtered by the military of that very country is an affront to the ICRC’s mission: “to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance”.  It is completely incomprehensible how delivering Ukrainian civilians to the hands of the state invading their country fits your mission of protecting their lives and dignity. On the contrary, the ICRC’s plans to open an office in Rostov-on-Don not only legitimizes the Russian occupation of Ukrainian territories and the illegal deportation of Ukrainians to Russia, it enables the crime while completely stripping the victims of their dignity.  Every civilian in Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia must be given the option to evacuate in the direction of his or her choosing; forced deportation to Russia cannot be considered an acceptable action. If a humanitarian corridor can be opened to Russia, then one must be opened to the West as well – and one which is not mined, nor where the civilians are shelled as they try to pass through it. The ICRC is the only organization capable of achieving this. And please remember that Russia is the aggressor state which has violated Article 2 (4) of the U.N. Charter by “us[ing] force against the territorial integrity or political independence” of Ukraine. You are well aware of the fact that Russia is not merely waging war against Ukraine’s military – its military is destroying cities and slaughtering civilians. Please do not side with the aggressor by enabling the Russian state to go even further by forcibly and illegally deporting Ukrainian citizens to Russia. 

Lydia Rezie
1,701 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey

Massachusetts Should Support Refugees from Ukraine

Dear Senators Warren and Markey, We are citizens of Massachusetts who strongly believe that our Commonwealth must take a leadership position in helping Ukraine, and specifically urge you to help Ukrainian refugees gain access to the U.S. asylum system. More than 2.5 million refugees have already fled the war crimes perpetrated by Russia in its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Most of these “lucky” refugees who have managed to escape Ukraine are children. They need our help. As you know, Massachusetts is home to a large Russian-speaking and Ukrainian-speaking community, and for thousands of your constituents the tragedy currently unraveling in Ukraine is painful on a deeply personal level: we have relatives and friends either hiding in bomb shelters or else desperately trying to reach a border crossing before it's too late. But one need not speak Ukrainian to be disgusted by Russia’s brutal and senseless war. At a recent rally in Boston in support of Ukraine, Massachusetts residents from the former U.S.S.R. marched alongside demonstrators originally from locales such as Hong Kong, Venezuela, Argentina, and throughout the U.S. Helping Ukraine is a nonpartisan issue with virtually global support – and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be at the forefront of this issue. We are asking you to URGENTLY introduce a resolution in the U.S. Senate calling on President Biden to take the following actions: 1.    Begin issuing special immigrant visas specifically for victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine who have family ties to the U.S. (as has been done recently to assist with the evacuation of Afghanistan).  2.    Drastically raise the annual refugee admission cap to help Ukrainian refugees. 3.    Allow Ukrainians with pending and newly filed refugee applications under the Lautenberg program to travel to the U.S. to complete their processing here, rather than waiting abroad. 4.    Provide adequate staffing to expedite the review of Ukrainian applications for asylum. We are asking our government to provide the legal foundation for accepting refugees, and our communities will be ready to provide logistical, financial, and emotional support for those who escaped the terrors of this horrendous, unprovoked aggression. Respectfully,

Marianna Epstein
1,491 supporters