Petition to Lee Brand, Tom McClintock, Tom Wheeler, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes
Support the Rights of Immigrants in California and Nationwide
Tell Fresno'mayor Lee Brand to join the growing number of Republican and Democratic mayors throughout the United States helping their cities protect immigrants! Immigrants make up roughly 22% of the population of Fresno and their work is vital to Fresno's economy. Immigrant contributions to diversity, richness of culture, and humanity are as integral to Fresno as a city as they are to America as a country. 50% of Fresno residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, and most are US citizens who vote. We should not allow local law enforcement to share private data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, putting Fresno residents at risk. Instead, Fresno’s elected officials should be drafting legislation and enacting policies that protect its residents, such as those outlined here. You can read more about regional immigrant protection or deportation policies here: www.ilrc.org/searching and here: https://www.ilrc.org/local-enforcement-map Let’s make sure Fresno remains a city in which we can take pride. Sign this petition and send the message to Mayor Brand that we will not sell out our neighbors, coworkers, and friends! Call Mayor Lee Brand at 559-621-2489.
Petition to Dick Durbin, Orrin Hatch, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell
Support Our Dreamers, Pass the Dream Act!
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was first brought into legislation by Senators Dick Durbin (D) and Orrin Hatch (R) in 2001. The narrative of the DREAM Act has always been centered around preserving the innocence of the undocumented children. The legislation grants undocumented youth, who have arrived to the United States before the age of 16 and have continuous remained in the country for five consecutive years, the opportunity for permanent residency and eventual citizenship. Years of rejected proposals and failure to act on this issue have led many undocumented youth questioning their future. What is needed now is permanent action and the pursuit to pass the DREAM Act.
Petition to Carlo Montemagno, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Protect undocumented students at SIUC
Dear Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, We, the students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that Chancellor Montemagno and the University publicly express and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of all our students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is being terminated, making students once again vulnerable, including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have several students with DACA attending our Carbondale campus, and that number may be higher when all SIU campuses are included. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire SIU community and the values of openness and inclusivity that have made our university, our community, and our nation great. The time to act to protect our students’ education and future is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feeling unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them – and all students – that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that SIUC will always be open to students who are DACA recipients regardless of the program’s termination. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued: 1. Make the university a safe campus that protects the undocumented form deportation or detention by refusing to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws except as required by law (according to the TRUST Act). 2. Protect student record information, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), by the following means: a. Refuse to turn over student information to immigration enforcement authorities except pursuant to a court order. b. Refrain from gathering information about students’ citizenship or immigration status in the course of providing educational or other services in connection with public safety activities, except as required in connection with tuition or financial aid eligibility. 3. Refuse immigration enforcement officials access to campus except to the extent required by a warrant or court order; ensure that students, advisors, and allies are prepared in the case of an ICE/CBP presence on SIUC’s campus by issuing a timely warning; and create an emergency plan in case of an ICE/CBP presence on campus. 4. Partner with local community organizations to help provide Immigration 101 trainings for faculty and staff so that they have a better understanding of our students’ urgent challenge and are better suited to help our immigrant students. 5. Expand CAPS and Saluki Cares resources to make DACA-specific counseling publicly available and to make Saluki Cares funding available to DACA/Undocumented students. 6. Provide a designated advisor to attend to the specific needs of DACA/Undocumented students, including emotional, legal, and financial aid concerns. 7. Allow DACA students to pay their current tuition rate and remain eligible for the same scholarships available to them prior to the termination of DACA. 8. Create a scholarship specifically for undocumented students on campus. 9. Issue a University statement urging Illinois and U.S. Congress to pass legislation protecting and supporting our DACA/Undocumented students and neighbors. 10. Take all these measures during the current academic year (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Yours truly, Define American at SIUC, Hispanic Student Council, Latino Cultural Association, and SIU Undergraduate Student Government, SIU’s DACA/Undocumented students and allies Action Alliance Southern Illinois, Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition, Race Unity of Carbondale, Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project, and Jackson County’s DACA/Undocumented community members and allies
Petition to David Anderson, St. Olaf College
Protect undocumented students
Dear President David Anderson: We, the students of St. Olaf College, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that President Anderson and the college publicly express its commitment to the protection of all its students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have students with DACA attending our university. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire St. Olaf community. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feel unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that St. Olaf will always be open to students with DACA regardless if the program is ended. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued: Make the university a sanctuary campus that protects the undocumented from deportation or detention, including refusing ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) access to the campus and student records. Continue to allow qualifying undocumented students to pay their current tuition rate. Take these measures during the current semester so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Signed, St. Olaf College Define American Chapter Note: this petition previously received 304 signatures on DefineAmerican.com