Your One Stop Online Petition Shop, July 11

If you’re regularly trolling around DREAM Act circles online, you probably often come across petitions. Petitions for END cases, in support of In State Tuition Bill, against anti-immigrant legislation or amendments, the list goes on and on ….

It can be overwhelming! You want to sign them all, but it’s hard to keep track!

Well, I’m here to help! This is your One Stop Shop for Online petition signing! I’ve scoured blogs, websites, and forums to make our “arm chair activism” (as I like to call it) even easier!

Check out this week’s selection … neatly categorized!


Education Not Deportation Petitions!


Stop Erick’s Deportation

Erick came to the United States when he was only two years old. Now 22, he has lived in North Carolina for the majority of his life. One night Erick Velazquillo was pulled over driving with his high beams on. He was arrested and spent 3 days in jail. On July 19, a judge in immigration court might send him back to a country he doesn’t remember. Erick is an athlete and an aspiring nutritionist; he has every desire to stay and live in the U.S. as the American he already is. If deported, he will be sent back to a country he hasn’t been to in 20 years!
Please sign the petition and help us stop Erick’s deportation.

.. or even better Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)
Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that Erick Velazquillo’s deportation be deferred. Erick (A# 200-97-0380) has been living in the United States since he was 2 years old. If deported, he will be returned to a country he hasn’t been to in 20 years. Erick wants to contribute to this country as a nutritionist. Don’t deport Erick.”


Stop the deportation of Alberto!

The latest Washington DREAMer to be caught In the ICE deportation web is Alberto Yañez of Elma, Washington. Alberto  has lived in the United States since he was 1 ½ years old and is now 24 years old. He is the father to three US citizen children, ages 4, 19 months, and 5 weeks. He also has 2 US citizen brothers. On November 16, 2010 everything changed when he was detained by ICE at his home then spent approximately 30 days in the Tacoma Detention Center. His next scheduled hearing date with ICE is July 7th, when he could be deported.


Stop Hermengildo’s Deportation

Hermengildo Reyes came to the United States in 1999 seeking a better life. He has been living in Georgia ever since. He was arrested in Cobb County, GA and taken to a detention center until he was released to his family. He is set to be deported on July 19, 2011. Hermengildo has 3 U.S. citizen children and 2 of them suffer from learning disabilities and speech impairment. If Hermengildo is deported, his 2 children won’t have anyone to care for them and won’t receive the medical attention they need.
… or even better  Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)
Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that Hermengildo Reyes’ deportation be deferred. Hermengildo has been living in Georgia since 1999. He has 2 U.S. citizen children with learning disabilities who need him in the United States. Please don’t deport Hermengildo Reyes.”


Stop Deportation of the Mathe Karekezi Family

Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) is being threatened with immediate deportation, to the point of being told ‘next time we will drug you and deport you.’ We need you to take urgent action, the entire family is fighting their deportation, however Andy is currently detained and could be deported any minute now.

 Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)
Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) and his family be allowed to stay.  If deported the entire family could be killed, please grant deferred action for the Mathe Family.”


Stop Mercedes’ Deprotation!

Mercedes came to the United States from Mexico at the age of 11. She is now 18 years old. On May 15th, 2011, a Sunday after going to church in Nashville, a police officer pulled over Mercedes Gonzalez for driving less than 10 miles over the speed limit. The officer asked Mercedes about her immigration status, put her in handcuffs and took her to jail. Mercedes and her family were devastated, as she was graduating from high school the following Saturday. Mercedes spent approximately 3 days in jail, and was told by immigration officials that she would never go back to school, graduate from high school or see her family again. Sign this petition to ask Janet Napolitano to grant deferred action to Mercedes.


Stop Julio’s Deportation!

Julio, a Bronx Community College student, faces an imminent deportation order after being detained in Greyhound bus. He is set to be deported back to El Salvador where he faces gang violence due to his sexual orientation. Julio came to the United States in 2007, fleeing threats on his life from gang members.  Julio is a bright, hard-working college student who has aspirations to contribute and serve his community as a radiologist. His life is in your hands.
Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)
Sample Script: “Hi, I was calling to ask that Julio Enrique Hernandez Moreno’s deportation be deferred. If Julio is returned to El Salvador, he will face gang violence because of his sexual orientation. Julio wants to contribute to this country as a radiologist. Don’t deport Julio.”


 Stop Denis’ and Vinny’s Deportations!

Vinny and Denis have a lot in common. They are both Brazilian immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as young teenagers and are currently living in Massachusetts. Both of them dream of one day becoming engineers and are currently enrolled in engineering programs to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, both of these young men are currently in deportation proceedings.


Anti-Immigrant Legislation


Tell CT Gov. Malloy to Pull out of Secure Communities

Governor Malloy exhibited true leadership in calling for deferred deportation for local DREAMer Mariano Cardosso.  He was also a supporter of CTs own DREAM legislation.  He should follow that up by standing up for the thousands of families affected by this program. Both the State of Illinois and the State of New York have pulled out of this program.  Connecticut should follow suit. Help us in asking Governor Malloy to pull out of the Secure Communities Program — sign the petition!

 Gov. Brown: Take California out of the S-Comm Program

Sign the petition to join California Representatives in calling on California governor, Jerry Brown, to take California out of S-Comm immediately.

Tell Boston to stand against Secure Communties!

Sign this petition to help stop deportation of Brazillian DREAMer detained in a raid.

Remove Anti-Immigrant Amendments from Massachusetts Budget

MA State Senators have attached anti-immigrant, anti-worker, and anti-family amendments to the Senate version of the state budget. The budget is now in conference and we must let the chairs of that committee know that these outrageous amendments are unacceptable

 Stop Alabama HB 56!

Alabama’s Governor just signed House bill 56 into law.  This bill is worse than the Arizona and Georgia Bills.. It bans undocumented youth from all colleges and universities, requires all K-12 school children to prove immigration status, requires parents of children to sign an affidavit with school as to their own immigration status, and requires implementation of E-Verify across the state. Sign the petition asking the Obama administration to step in.

Tell Gov Haley to Veto SB 20 Immediately

The South Carolina State Legislature voted in favor of SB20, an Arizona SB1070 copycat legislation that gives police the authority to check someone’s immigration status during something as simple as a traffic stop. Sign this petition to urge Governor Haley to veto SB20 immediately!

 Tell NC Gov Perdue to Veto Bill 36

HB 36 has passed both houses of the state legislature. It would require employers to use the flawed E-Verify system to check the status of workers they hire. Sign petition urging the NC governor to veto this bill.

 *Disclaimer: online petition signing is not a substitute for on the ground activism. Consult your local immigrant rights organizations for next steps


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