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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's father Muhammad is a heroic interpreter who worked with the US military for 9 years in Afghanistan. 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. He once saved an American soldier by dashing into an ambushed vehicle under Taliban fire. But the Taliban is working hard to find and kill Muhammad and his wife and his four young daughters. The Sacramento Bee wrote a story about The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)'s recent denial of Muhammad and his entire family for humanitarian parole and my family's efforts to save them. 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 admits that leaving this family behind is a death sentence. They just don't care enough about Muslim 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. He has been living in hiding for three years with his wife and four young daughters. They are living in daily fear of being discovered and killed by the Taliban and are unable to leave their house. There is no heating in the house, and leaks in the roof have made his young daughters sick on several occasions from getting infections from bacteria in the water or getting cold in the winter. When I learned about Muhammad and his family's plight a few months 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 the entire family, including Muhammad's 2- and 4-year-old daughters, are a threat to national security. 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, two months ago 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. 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 Ithaca Voice recently published a story highlighting the absurdity of USCIS blacklisting a toddler. For more background information, The Ithaca Voice published a detailed story over the summer about Muhammad and his career with the US military: No One Left Behind, the non-profit fighting to save Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, also published a blog post highlighting Muhammad's case Some family friends made a 4-min, professional-quality video summarizing Muhammad's story and his current situation. The video is embedded above or can be accessed from this link: Please call your Congressional representatives and ask them to tell USCIS to approve this case. If you need contact information on your Congressional representatives, use this link to look them up: Email me at 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
44,647 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Jack Murphy, Brandon Webb, Susan Wojcicki

Remove SOFREPS's Ambush Video from YouTube

This video has crossed the line. It is disrespectful to these men, their families, their friends, their teammates, and quite frankly, to the American people. This petition is for EVERYONE - you don't need to be military or former military to sign!!  The video in question shows the savage murder of two U.S. Special Forces soldiers, ambushed by terrorists in Niger. It shows these brave men fighting until the end, taking their last breaths before they are viciously executed by the enemy.  SOFREP (Special Operation Forces Report run by former American military, intelligence and Special Operation Forces vets) has apparently lost their mind and taken this video from ISIS, watermarked their OWN logo onto this footage, and posted it onto YouTube for the world to see. Not only are they aiding the enemy by spreading their ideology, they have turned their backs on their BROTHERS. I watched the video, not in its entirety, but I saw more than I intended to. I wasn’t expecting to see what I did. My heart hurt. It ached. And it still aches. My heart aches for the men who bravely died for us that day, for their families who have lost a brother, a son, a husband, a father. And I know that there are a lot of other true, red-blooded Americans who feel the same.  What is SOFREP's justification for reposting an ISIS propaganda video? So that the world can see the brutality of war. That they are "merely journalists and we as the general public need to be educated on what happened in Niger". That is a pitiful excuse if I have ever heard one. This is not journalism. This is a moral violation. We don't need to see a video of men perishing for our country. We don't need this kind of graphic, visual reminder of the inhumanities of war. The only people who need to be "educated" on what happened are the people who are in a position to make changes so that this doesn't happen again. Not the general public. Not these men's parents, their siblings, their wives, their kids. Basically no one but those who have the authority to change the mistakes that were originally made that day to prevent further casualties. SOFREP justified this video by likening it to the 1943 Life Magazine picture of three Americans killed in war, lying lifeless on a beach. I am sure this was a hard picture to look at back in the 40's. It still is a hard picture to look at today. War is terrible. It is ugly. It is sad and painful. But there can be ABSOLUTELY no journalistic comparison between a grainy image from the 1940s and a GoPro helmet cam video showing the vicious deaths of American soldiers. The bodies on the beach had no identifiable markings and their faces cannot be seen. The same cannot be said for the video in question. These men have identifiable markings. Tattoos, watches, clothing, the way they walked, the way they ran, the way they bravely took position to fight the enemy. Slightly blurring out their faces, in which SOFREP did, does not remove the fact of who they are. People who knew them, who watch the video, will know who they are. Their loved ones who accidentally stumble onto this video will know who they are.  In the Life Magazine picture, we cannot see these men dying but we can only imagine how they died. We cannot see them lying on the ground, slowly taking their last shallow breaths. We cannot see their brothers frantically checking on them to see if they are dead or alive. We cannot see their bodies being blasted by high powered rifles. We cannot see their blood pooling on foreign soil on which they lay from execution shots. We cannot see them fighting until the bitter end. Journalism has changed a lot these last few decades. What may not have been acceptable years ago may now be accepted by the mainstream media and the general public as okay. However, the posting of this video is unequivocally unacceptable. This has to end today.  Shame on you SOFREP. Shame on your inability to stand behind your brothers. Shame on you for your lack of professionalism. Shame on you for disrespecting these men and their families. Shame on you for capitalizing on enemy propaganda by putting your watermark on such a video. Shame on you for using their deaths for your own agenda. Shame on you for trying to justify your decision to post such atrocities. Shame on you, period. Out of respect to these men, their families, their teammates, their friends, the SF community, the men and women who are still in harms way and fighting for our freedoms, and anyone else who may be deeply disturbed by SOFREP's inability to make good decisions, we demand that SOFREP remove this video from YouTube immediately. Let's take a stand now and put an end to SOFREP's madness. Let's join forces and band together as true Americans to show them that this is not something that we stand for. Heck, if you feel so compelled, stop associating with SOFREP. Stop following them on social media, stop subscribing to their services, stop giving them the clicks they need to continue such senseless decisions.  To Staff Sergeant Bryan Black, Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Johnson, Staff Sergeant Dustin Wright, and Sergeant La David Johnson: May you rest in peace. Your ultimate sacrifice that day will never be forgotten. To your families: Thank you for your sacrifice as well. Without your support, brave men like these wouldn't be fighting for our freedoms. We pray that you find peace and comfort in this difficult time.  To all the men and women who have previously served, are currently serving, and who have lost their lives serving in our United States Armed Forces, thank you. Thank you for being brave and doing more than what most people could.  PLEASE DO NOT VIEW OR SHARE THIS VIDEO. IT IS DISTURBING IN NATURE.  

Maegan K.
78,584 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary David Shulkin, U.S. House of Representatives

Stop Abusive Dog Experiments

As U.S. military veterans, family members, and active duty members, we’re sickened that the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) is using taxpayers’ money to purchase, breed, abuse and kill dogs in wasteful experiments. The VA’s painful and deadly experiments on dogs are a betrayal of these loyal animals who literally save soldiers’ lives on and off the battlefield. These projects also waste resources desperately needed to provide veterans with care and services.   According to news reports and the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, some of the V.A.’s current projects involve: giving mixed-breed puppies heart attacks (Richmond V.A.) cutting into beagle puppies’ brains (Milwaukee V.A.) damaging dogs’ spinal cords (Cleveland V.A.) Most of the beagles, hounds and other dogs in these laboratories won’t even be given a name, just a number that’s tattooed inside of their ears.  Like female beagles DM163618 and DM163625 who were born in June 2016 and will be spending their first birthday imprisoned inside a Milwaukee V.A. laboratory, if they haven’t already been killed for invasive brain experiments. Most Americans agree—75% of voters want to end dog experimentation and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are speaking out against the V.A.’s cruelty.  The Los Angeles V.A. has announced it is ending its painful and deadly dog experiments, and the last three V.A. laboratories using dogs can and should follow suit. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted unanimously to cut funding next year for the V.A.'s painful dog experiments, and the Senate will consider the measure later this year.  Please join us in urging VA Secretary David Shulkin to end this abuse immediately as he works to reform the V.A.   Dylan Miller, US Army Ret.William Barko, US Army Ret.John Blaha, USAF Ret.Stan Benton, USN Ret. and USAF Ret.Bruce Bryant, US Army Ret.Chris Burand, US Army Ret.Gary Cantara, USAF separated, honorable dischargeWilliam Coll, US Army Ret.Michael Donahue, USNWayne Hair, US Army Ret.Ed Hernandez, USMCWill HubbardJennifer Johnson, USN Ret.Dr. Isis Johnson-Brown, US Army Ret.Ken Phillips, US Army Ret.Robert Reed, USAF Ret.Diane Solomon, USN SpouseTyler Spires, US ArmyVirginia Joy Stovall, USN Ret.Lyn StrangstadDanell Tomasella, US Army Ret.Nancy Warner-BrownJennifer Wilsbacher, US Army Ret.Merrie Wilson, USAF Ret.

SGT Dylan Miller (Ret.) & White Coat Waste Project
96,205 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Phil Roe, Gus Bilirakis, Mike Coffman, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Bost, Bruce Poliquin, Neal Dunn, Jodey Arrington, John Rutherford, Clay Higgins, Jack Bergman, Jim Banks, Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon, Tim Walz, Mark Takano, Julia Brownley, Ann Kuster, Beto O'Rourke, Kathleen Rice, J. Luis Correa, Kilili Sablan, Elizabeth Esty, Scott Peters, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Jerry Moran, John Boozman, Dean Heller, Bill Cassidy, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis, Dan Sullivan, Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders, Jon Tester, Johnny Isakson, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Joe Manchin

Help Veterans & Dogs - Urge Congress to Adopt National Veteran Service Dog Standards

Here's one problem we can solve. Right now there is a lot of confusion over service, therapy, and emotional support dogs. Current service dog laws are being abused because there isn't a national standard.  As a result, the validity of service dogs has been questioned. Veterans and their service dogs are being denied entry to public places, such as restaurants and airports. Many veterans report that their service dog allowed them to return to a normal life. Doesn't normal life include living without fear of confrontation? A variety of "service dog" bills have been presented in the House and Senate. We need one national standard.  American Humane, National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) and a group of academic, business and government experts have created the first national standard for service dogs, but we need your help. Sign and share this petition today and let the House and Senate Committees for Veterans' Affairs know you support one common sense national standard for service dogs.  Supporting this petition will ensure veterans and their service dogs have the opportunity to become credentialed. Let's help veterans and their service dogs live a life without fear of confrontation.    #dogs4vets

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations
20,039 supporters