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Update posted 4 days ago

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

Aysha's father Muhammad Kamran 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 considers his faithful service to the US military a capital crime and is working hard to find and kill Muhammad and his wife and his four young daughters. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently denied Muhammad and his entire family for humanitarian parole because they don't care enough about Muslim refugees to even save a toddler from the Taliban. 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. 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. 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 recently wrote a story about my family's efforts to help Muhammad and his family. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article187680333.html No One Left Behind, the non-profit fighting to save Afghan and Iraqi interpreters, also recently published a blog post highlighting Muhammad's case http://nooneleft.org/2017/12/12/4221/  For more background information, The Ithaca Voice wrote a story 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/ 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: https://whoismyrepresentative.com/ Email me at save.aysha@gmail.com 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 Michelle
17,419 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Mayor Leonard C. Desiderio, John J. Divney, Frank P. Edwardi, Jack C. Gibson, Cheryl Kehner, Mary Tighe

Beach Access in SIC should be offered to ALL

Sea Isle City, NJ offers no beach access for the elderly or physically challenged. The blocks they claim to be handicapp beach block entrances are on these blocks:  32, 40, JFK, 44, 63 and 85. However, it seems they do not truly understand the difficulties many face getting onto the beach in Sea Isle City, NJ. Furthermore, what about the residents who live in the south end and not near 63rd or 85th street? Why can't the city of Sea Isle make 55th st and more near it a handicap beach entrance block? The beach access ramps are literally hills & they are very steep and extremely hard to climb. Additionally, there are no blue handicap mats once you get over the mountain of a hill.  Blue handicap mats on the beach would help those who struggle with walking to get down to the beach and near the ocean. To make matters worse these steep ramps are covered with sand and this makes it even more difficult to navigate. More disgraceful, is there are no public restrooms near the beach between 44th and 85th Street. Thus, even if you manage to get your elderly or physically challenged love one onto the beach you have to reverse this process each time they have to go to the bathroom. My elderly Father who is a Navy WW2 Vet deserves better.  He and others with similar physical challenges should not be denied a relaxing day on the beach with family and friends. Nor should they be denied access to a nearby public bathroom while enjoying their time on the beach. I am asking you to like the FB link for the petition, sign this petition, forward it to all your contacts on all your social media accts and to also email the Mayor of Sea Isle City, NJ and SIC Council Members if you agree.  Just copy the text, paste it in the body of your email to the mayor and council and tell them you agree.   His email address is mayorlen@seaislecitynj.us. Here is the email address for the council members:  jdivney@seaislecitynj.us, fedwardijr@seaislecitynj.us, wkehner@seaislecitynj.us and Mtighe@seaislecitynj.us.  Thank you in advance for your time and help. I and many others really do appreciate it.  #WW2NavyVet #ElderlyDeserveOurHelp #HandicappBeachAccess #DoTheRightThingMayorLenny

Karen Rodgers
181 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Governor Rick Scott, Jeff Atwater, Pam Bondi

Improve Veterans benefits for Florida Retirement System

After 16 years of military service, 6 combat deployments, and various overseas training tours, I was blessed to have been hired by a local South Florida Fire Department.  When my supervisors and senior firemen found out about my military career, they recommended that I work quickly to buy credit towards my pension. With a career change at 35 years of age, every action had no time to waste.  Unfortunately when I contacted the Florida Retirement advisors, they recommended against this because my years in the military were considered low risk. At present time, members of the Florida Retirement System are able to buy back 5 years of military service towards credit to their retirement plan.  This is at a low risk rate class, and cannot be upgraded to a high risk class that many in law enforcement, fire rescue, and other high risk careers are currently earning.  There is no available option to recognize the years of combat service as high risk.  The fire service, police departments, highway patrol, and various state and local government offices actively recruit current and former military members.  Take a moment to imagine the thousands of veterans that have endured mortar attacks, hostile fire, austere deployments that now work for your local communities.  The Florida Retirement System and it's administration is classifying this service low risk and gives no opportunities for these members to recognize the high risk nature of the military.  We are looking for the option to be able to upgrade from the standard rate to high risk.  Please contact and petition Gov. Rick Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater, and A.G. Pam Bondi to allow military veterans working in a high risk career to be able to buy credit towards their time at a high risk rate.

Carlos Lewin
409 supporters