• Stop the deportation of Jose Valle Rodriguez
    Jose Valle Rodriguez is an Ypsilanti resident, loving husband and father. He has been detained at the Battle Creek Immigration Facility for almost a month after being arrested by ICE officials. Jose has been in the U.S. since he was 17 years old, 12 years ago Jose was a passenger in a car during a traffic stop, and because he was undocumented was taken into detention and was told he would have a court date with immigration. Weeks and months passed but he court papers never arrived because they were sent to the wrong address. Now years later, ICE wants to deport him to El Salvador, one of the world's most dangerous countries. If deported Jose's life could be in danger. Jose's own father-in-law was murdered by a gang and now they are threatening Jose and his family back in El Salvador. Please help stop Jose's deportation and reunite him with his wife and two year old son.
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  • Ban Expansion of the Northwest Detention Center!
    The recent hunger strikes by people detained at the NWDC have brought renewed attention to the deplorable conditions at the GEO-owned facility. The detention center affects not only more than 1,505 people who can be held any given day, but also their children, families, and neighbors who form the backbone of our communities. You can read the full letter at: https://www.scribd.com/document/352037160/NWDCR-Tacoma-Letter-2017
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  • Chicago Should Protect ALL Immigrants from Deportation
    Chicago's Welcoming City Ordinance, which limits collaboration between the Chicago Police Department and ICE, does not protect all immigrants. Specifically, the ordinance leaves without protection many immigrants who have been criminalized or targeted by the Chicago Police Department, a department whose use of "deadly force" was described as "unreasonable" by the U.S. Department of Justice. The "carve-outs" mean that the Chicago Police Department is directed to work with immigration enforcement to deport anyone who has an open warrant, anyone who has been charged with a felony - even if they have not been convicted, anyone who has been convicted of a felony -- regardless of how long ago it was, and anyone who Chicago police department officers placed in the gang database -- which is completely up to each individual officer's criteria and without any checks and balances, or anyone who has an open warrant. Trump's policies of making all immigrants priorities, starting with people whose names he can find in lists like the gang database, make the expansion of these protections that much more urgent. A real Sanctuary city for immigrants would not leave those most targeted and vulnerable without protection from the Trump administration. The carve outs are arbitrary, do not increase public safety, disrespect due process and are extremely harmful to our community. +++++++++++++++ The expansion of the Welcoming City Ordinance is part the campaign to Expand Sanctuary, and is one of several pieces of policy that local organizations are advocating for at the City, including the elimination of the gang database, decriminalization policies, and measures to increase police accountability. Find out more about the campaign here: http://bit.ly/2qE9BOb #ExpandSanctuary
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  • Stop Francisco's Deportation!
    Mr. Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has lived in the greater Boston area for 10 years, specifically in Chelsea for the last 6 years. He is the father of two American citizen children, 10-year-old Mellanie and a 5-year-old Jessica, and a baby on the way. For the past five years, he has been a janitor at MIT. In addition, he runs his own carpet cleaning company. He is a member of his children’s school parent committee, of the community organization Chelsea Collaborative, of the Church Tabernaculo biblico seguidores de Jesus, and a union member of 32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez has no criminal record, pays his taxes, and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and workplace. When Mr. Rodriguez arrived to the country, he applied for asylum in 2007. He was denied asylum in December of 2009, and his appeal was denied in July of 2011. He was later granted prosecutorial discretion and has received a Stay of Removal every year since that time. However this past month, when Francisco applied for a Stay, it was denied. If ICE grants Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal, he can continue to work, take care of his family, and contribute to our community. In addition, next year Mr. Rodriguez’s mother, who is a legal permanent resident, will become a citizen. Soon afterwards, a pathway to residency will open for Francisco when his mother files a petition on his behalf. We ask that you grant Mr. Rodriguez a Stay of Removal so that he can take care of his family, particularly his U.S. citizen young children and elderly legal permanent resident mother, while he waits for his pathway to residency and citizenship to open. For as long as Francisco remains in the United States, I am certain he will continue to be an exceptional member of our community. ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Por favor conceda al Sr. Francisco Rodríguez Guardado Moción de Suspensión de la Deportación. Sr. Rodríguez es padre de dos niñas ciudadanas de los Estados Unidos. Él y su esposa está esperando un bebé que viene en camino. Francisco y su familia son miembros queridos por la comunidad de Chelsea. El Sr. Rodríguez ha vivido en los Estados Unidos desde el 2006. Francisco vivió en la área de Boston durante 10 años, y durante los últimos 6 años han vivido en Chelsea. Él es padre de dos niñas ciudadanas estadounidenses, Mellanie de 10 años y Jessica de 5 años, y un bebé en camino. Durante los últimos cinco años ha sido trabajador de limpieza en la Universidad MIT. Además, dirige su propia empresa de limpieza de alfombras. Es miembro del comité de padres escolares de sus hijas, de la organización comunitaria la Colaborativa de Chelsea, de la Iglesia Tabernáculo Bíblico Seguidores de Jesús, y miembro del sindicato 32BJ SEIU (Unión Internacional de Empleados de Servicio) en el MIT. Sr. Rodríguez no tiene antecedentes penales, paga sus impuestos y contribuye a su comunidad, iglesia, escuela para niños y lugar de trabajo. Cuando Sr. Rodríguez llegó al país, solicitó asilo en 2007. Se le negó el asilo en Diciembre de 2009 y su apelación fue denegada en Julio de 2011. Más tarde se le otorgó la discreción de la fiscalía y ha recibido una suspensión de su expulsión cada año desde ese tiempo. Sin embargo, este mes pasado, cuando Francisco solicitó una suspensión, fue negada. Si ICE concede al Sr. Rodríguez una suspensión de la expulsión, puede continuar trabajando, cuidando a su familia y contribuyendo a nuestra comunidad. Además, el próximo año la madre del señor Rodríguez, que es un residente permanente legal, se convertirá en ciudadana. Poco después, se abrirá un camino a la residencia para Francisco cuando su madre presenta una petición en su nombre. Le pedimos que conceda al Sr. Rodríguez una suspensión para que pueda cuidar a su familia, particularmente a sus hijas ciudadanas de Estados Unidos y a su madre residente permanente, mientras espera que se abra su camino a la residencia y la ciudadanía. Mientras Francisco permanezca en los Estados Unidos, estoy seguro que seguirá siendo un miembro excepcional de nuestra comunidad.
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  • Protect Cynthia from Deportation
    For years Cynthia has reported to DHS as instructed including on May 11, 2017, where she was told to report to BI Incorporated, a private contractor for DHS, for possible removal Honduras. Due to community support and pressure the removal has been delayed while ICE reviews the stay of deportation presented by her lawyer. Unfortunately, in an act reminiscent of a police state, she has been forced to wear an ankle bracelet so the government can monitor her whereabouts at all times. We call on the community to stand against family separation because it is cruel and unusual punishment. Stop her deportation! Keep Families together! No human being is illegal!
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  • Allow Javier To Leave Sanctuary & Be With His Family; Approve his U-Visa
    Javier deserves to be with his family and not be in they don't deserve to be in this state of limbo that they have been in for years. Javier is a good father who's main goal has always been to be with his family and take care of his children. USCIS has already considered Javier eligible for a U-visa but have not moved the case forward, citing his reentries for reason why. Every time Javier has crossed the border it has been to be reunited with his family, with his children. His family has struggled with severe psychological and financial hardship. His oldest daughter, Adamaris, is suffering from the trauma of having her father detained first by ICE and now of not having her father home with her while he is in sanctuary. His son, Javier Jr., has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and now refuses to leave his father's side for fear of losing him again, therefore living with him in the church. We must ensure that our families are kept together, not torn apart. The approval of his U-Visa is the only way for him to truly be free and to be able to be with his family without the fear of being deported. Please send a message to USCIS by signing this petition to show support for Javier’s pending case.
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    In 2012, Cesar was facing deportation after a forest ranger turned him into ICE over a piece of firewood that Cesar didn't know he couldn't take, and a $50 dollar ticket. However, after a national campaign, ICE released him from detention and granted him prosecutorial discretion. Cesar had been reporting to ICE since 2013. On May 10, 2017, Cesar went to his routine check-in, but ICE detained Cesar and is trying to deport him once again. Nothing has changed in Cesar's case; he has no criminal record and is the main provider for his family. Cesar is a low-priority deportation and should not be deported. Cesar was born in the Mexico and has been living in the United States for the past ten years. Cesar’s father abandoned him and Cesar’s mother thirty years ago. Cesar’s mother was a victim of domestic violence and Cesar has always been there to care for her as she suffers from many health conditions. Cesar is terrified of being sent back to Aguascalientes, Mexico due to the severe violence and increasing number of deaths. Cesar has no criminal record and is the main provider for his ill mother. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ PLEASE MAKE A CALL TOO +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ After you sign the petition, please take a minute to call his deportation officer James O'Neill to ask that they grant his stay of removal: 804-330-8264. Sample Script: "I am calling to urge ICE to stop the deportation of Cesar Lara Rios (A# 205-298-328) and grant his stay of removal. In the past, Cesar was granted prosecutorial discretion. Why is ICE trying to deport him now even though nothing has changed in his case? He has no criminal record. A piece of firewood should not be a deportable offense. Grant Cesar's stay so he can remain in the U.S. with his family."
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  • STOP Deportation and Keep Mario Osorio here with his family
    Mario’s brother arrived in the US one year earlier, in 1988. What a difference a year made. While Mario didn’t have the money for an attorney and tried to get help from a notario, his brother received help from an immigration attorney and was able to successfully apply for asylum. Now Mario’s brother is a United States Citizen who was able to petition for his parents to come to the US legally. Mario, unfortunately, received inadequate legal representation. Yet he has been living his life, supporting his parents and paying his taxes for three decades. He’s also lived in fear that because of his immigration status he could be sent back to dangerous conditions in a country that he hasn’t set foot in since he fled almost 30 years ago. That fear was realized on Monday when ICE agents came to his door to follow up on an 18 year old court decision. ICE agents detained Mario and seven other workers at a workplace raid at a factory in Belmont-Cragin. Mario’s parents and brother are fearful that his deportation could have a ripple effect on the whole family. His mom, who already is in delicate health condition after having open heart surgery is having panic attacks at the thought of Mario being sent back to Guatemala. Mario did what he had to do to survive. Unfortunately he might have to pay for bad legal representation with his life. As a diabetic, Mario is also being denied access to the insulin pills he needs to take daily while in detention. CALL CHICAGO ICE DIRECTOR AT (312)347-2221 – AND ASK HIM TO GRANT MARIO A STAY OF REMOVAL. SIGN OUR PETITION HERE ASKING ICE TO FREE MARIO!
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  • Keep North Carolina Grandmother with Her Family
    Juana is a mother of four and grandmother of two who lives in Asheboro, NC and has worked at the same textile company in High Point as a sewing machine operator for the last eight years. She arrived in 1992 from Guatemala, having been threatened by armed combatants, and applied for asylum status. She was denied in 1994, and then was offered a work permit while she appealed her status, which took six years. In 1999 her eldest daughter in Guatemala suffered a life-threatening illness, and she left the country and returned without permission in order to be her caregiver. ICE subsequently denied her appeal, and in 2011 took her into custody, then released her a week later. Since then she has reported to the Charlotte ICE office periodically for required check-ins, but last month, instead of accepting her attorney's plea for a stay of removal, ICE fitted her with a tracking device, and ordered her to prepare for voluntary departure, telling her she has until May 31st to leave the country, potentially leaving her husband, kids, uncle and cousins behind.
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  • Free Jaime Martinez
    Update: We want to thank everyone who has signed this petition. We are not currently working on Yovani's and Santiago's cases, and we will update you as soon as possible to explain why. However, we still need your support for Jaime Martinez. Jaime is still fighting his deportation, afraid to return his home country where he could face the worst -- death. Jaime was driving to work when he was stopped by ICE agents who were looking for someone else. Even though he was not the person they were looking for, the ICE agents detained him anyway. Jaime is an active member in his community and a valued member of a Catholic congregation here in Athens. Please sign the petition and call the Atlanta ICE field office asking for Jaime's release: (404) 893-1210. His ID number in detention is A#216302323. Yovani Mondragon, Jaime Martinez, and Santiago Aguilar were driving to work early in the morning of Wednesday April 27th, when they where stopped by ICE agents who were looking for someone else. However, the agents detained them and took them to Irwin Detention center in Ocilla GA. Jaime, Jovani, and Gonzalo are an asset to their community. They have improved the lives of many people in Athens. From the spirituality perspective, they have created and participated in different prayer groups and events to respond to the gospel. They have served the most vulnerable of their fellow human beings, visiting hospices and hospitals to bring hope and happiness to those who most need it. Jovani Mondragon A#216302321 is an18 years old who came to the USA when he was 4. Unfortunately he is not eligible for DACA, a program that would have protected him from deportation and allowed him to get a work permit and a Driver License Jovani is in deportation proceedings, leaving behind a mother and 2 young bothers 8 and 13 years old. Santiago Aguilar A#2163023222 came to USA to help his 10 siblings who all depend of him, because of their extreme poverty in El Salvador. Santiago or Chago as friends know him has been living in in USA for more that 9 years, working hard and being involved in his faith community. He volunteers as a missionary visiting elders in hospices in Athens, bringing the Eucharist to the people who can’t come to church because of physical impediments, leading the church’s youth group, and linking to other groups in GA. Santiago is well known, respected, and loved by many youth in the community not just in Athens but across GA’s diocese. Jaime Martinez A#216302323 is also a long time member in his Athens community. He came to the USA to support his family back in Mexico; he is their only support. For many years he has organized educational events in his church, plus he visits hospices and brings the Eucharist to people with physical impediments. Jovani, Santiago, and Jaime will face great danger if they return to their country. The conditions in Mexico and Central America are dangerous. When people return from the USA they become targets for kidnapping or assault. Please sign this petition to ask Secretary Kelly to stop their deportation, helping them to stay in the USA where they can continue their mission as faith leaders in their community.
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    Eleazar Muñoz Hernandez has been living in the United States since 2002. He has been living with his wife and son in Warner Robins for the last 12 years. On April 17 he was stopped by Houston County Sheriff for supposedly running a red light and was consequently arrested for driving without a license. He is now currently at Stewart Detention Center. We are asking Secretary Kelley for his immediate release so that he can be reunited with his wife and son. Eleazar has been part of the migrant’s rights movement and of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) since 2010; he is a leader of the Warner Robins Comite Popular. Eleazar should not be punished for not having a driver’s license that the State of Georgia will not give him; he needs to work in order to provide for his family and driving is very necessary in Georgia, especially in rural parts. Driving while undocumented should not be criminalized. Please sign this petition so that Eleazar can be released and reunited with his 16-year-old son and wife.
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  • Shut Down the Northwest Detention Center -- Revoke GEO's business license!
    During the past two weeks, immigrants detained at the Northwest Detention Center went on hunger strike, putting their lives and health on the line to protest the NWDC’s terrible conditions. Located on a hyper-contaminated superfund site, the NWDC is the largest immigrant detention center on the West Coast, caging over 1500 immigrants who are facing civil deportation proceedings. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts with the GEO Group, a multinational private prison corporations, to run the facility. We call on City of Tacoma leadership to take the following steps to protect immigrants and their communities from the terrible harms the NWDC creates. 1) The city Director of Finance, Andy Cherullo, must revoke business licenses that violate any local, state or federal law relating to public health or safety. The 2014 and 2017 hunger strikes have raised grave questions about detention conditions in terms of: quantity and quality of food provided; basic hygiene provisions for bathing and laundry for clothing; quality of health care; and abysmal working conditions for $1 per day wages. Given these persistent and ongoing issues, it is urgent that the City of Tacoma revoke GEO’s license to operate a business that, by its very nature, violates human health and safety. 2) We urge City Council to make emergency Ordinance No. 28417 permanent, removing correctional facilities as permitted use in M-2 and PMI districts in the Commencement Bay/Tideflats Superfund Site. Correctional and detention facilities house people against their will. As residential sites they do not belong in heavy industrial areas with associated pollution. 3) GEO Group’s private operation of the Northwest Detention Center means that it can currently refuse state public health agencies' request to ensure that the NWDC is safe enough for people to live there. We believe that the site must be shut down. Until that happens, the City of Tacoma should change its laws to ensure basic testing of water, soil and air conditions are not damaging the people forced to live there.
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