Stop Texas Lawmakers' Attack on Immigrant Students. #StopSB4If anti-immigrant Texas legislators get their way, I will live in fear of being separated from my immigrant family. My name is Karla Perez and I am an undocumented law student at the University of Houston Law Center. I will graduate from law school in May 2018, twenty-three years after coming to Texas with my parents. My parents and I have set down deep roots in our community, just like many of the 1.5 million undocumented immigrants who call Texas home. Right now, anti-immigrant legislation has been filed that would make all Texans less secure. Anti-immigrant bills like Senate Bill 4 by Senator Charles Perry enable racial profiling, and someone like my father, an undocumented person of color, could be at risk of being asked about his immigration status by local law enforcement. Senate Bill 4 requires local law enforcement officers to verify a person’s immigration status, even though they are not trained to do so and this puts people like my parents at serious risk of landing in immigration proceedings and being torn from their loved ones. Increased mistrust in law enforcement will not keep us safe and will only drive undocumented crime victims and witnesses into the shadows and away from getting the justice they deserve. Students and educators, along with faith, business, and law enforcement leaders agree that anti-immigrant bills like Senate Bill 4 are bad for all Texans. If enough of us sign this petition and take our stories to the Capitol, Texas legislators will see that Texas immigrants are here to stay. The more we speak up, the more they will see that our communities in Texas will not let people like me and my parents be endangered by anti-immigrant bullies in the Texas legislature.
Tell Miami Mayor Carlos: Don’t bow to Trump. Protect immigrants in Miami!Trump and his administration are trying to intimidate cities across the country by defunding those who are committed to protect their immigrant populations. Instead of standing up to Trump like many other cities have, Miami Mayor Carlos has turned his back on immigrants in this city by ordering county jails to comply with Trump’s immigration detention requests. Our community is no longer safe - we must act quick to resist. If enough of us sign this petition, we’ll put the necessary pressure on Mayor Carlos to resist Trump and his anti-immigrant policies that will destroy families and damage our economy. Immigrant families deserve to co live with dignity and respect in the city they call home. Picture Source: Alan Diaz/AP
Make Boston a Sanctuary that Protects FamiliesThis is so important because when we begin to do a blanket sweep of deportation, we are separating mothers from sons, daughters from fathers, spouse from spouse, siblings from siblings, grandparents from their precious grandchildren, and so on. Boston is a proud and inclusive city and we need to show that to the world by becoming a sanctuary city for immigrants and refugees.
Menlo Park, CA: Sanctuary City OrdinanceOur immigrant community is particularly vulnerable to the current national rhetoric. These families feel scared and uncertain about being targeted and detained because of their immigration status. Immigrant children in Menlo Park schools feel scared and uncertain. We who favor adopting a sanctuary ordinance want Menlo Park to be inclusive and supportive of our most vulnerable community members, including immigrants. Sanctuary ordinances have been passed in 300 cities and counties in the US. The goal of adopting a sanctuary ordinance is to strengthen the local community by increasing trust and communication between residents and city employees. With a publicly adopted sanctuary ordinance, immigrant families in the community are less fearful of federal intervention and therefore more likely to cooperate positively with local police, school officials and other city employees.
Tell Texas Legislators: Keep In-State Tuition!If anti-immigrant Texas legislators get their way, I won’t be able to complete my education. My name is Maria Gonzalez-Treviño, and I am an undocumented honors student attending the University of Houston. I hope to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Political Science by May 2018 and my ultimate dream is to go to law school and become an immigration attorney to help immigrants in my community. Unfortunately for me and thousands of students across Texas, our dreams might be crushed by the end of the legislative session. I will fight against these bills and similar ones because I see many other undocumented students’ stories as a reflection of my own. Let’s be clear; these bills are an attack on our ability to pay the in-state tuition rate at Texas colleges. As a first generation college student, I struggled to adapt to the college environment. Doubling or tripling tuition fees would only make college even more inaccessible for many of us. Everyone should have access to an education regardless of their skin color, religious beliefs or immigration status. We have the power to make sure that undocumented students like myself keep dreaming and achieving their educational and professional aspirations. If enough Texans sign this petition and share our stories, Texas legislators will see that we mean business when it comes to protecting everyone’s right to an education and allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. The more we speak up, the more pressure they will feel to stop playing political games with our education. Don’t they know by now? You don’t mess with Texas Dreamers.
Make Desert Hot Springs a Sanctuary for Immigrants!Across the country, many are calling for their universities to become sanctuary campuses. The model is the “sanctuary city,” like Austin, New York City, Chicago and dozens of other municipalities, which have declared their intention not to cooperate with federal officials seeking to deport residents simply because they lack appropriate immigration documentation. At this moment, when there is a rising national rhetoric of intolerance and acts of hate that threaten people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, Jews, women, and immigrants, among others, we strongly affirm our protection of these groups, and we affirm our intention to support all students in their quest to pursue their education without government interference.
Pass SB 54 to Protect Immigrants in California!We must immediately move to pass SB 54 to resist Trump's policies to intimidate cities in California that have committed to protect their immigrant populations. Signing this now will ensure that your voice is heard and continue the momentum for sanctuary in the state of California.
Keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program!This is important, because hundreds of thousands of workers, families, and immigrants depend on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If enough of us demand that General Kelly take a stance in favor of keeping the program, we can be a step closer to protecting nearly 800,000 people from deportation.
Stop the Deportation of Prescott, Arizona Father!Jesus has a wife and two kids, ages 9 and 2, waiting for him at home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Jesus is a compassionate and generous member of the community. Jesus has Q fever which means deportation would effectively be sending him to his death. We do not believe he would have the access to medication he needs. Also, Jesus has the fear of being persecuted by the Mexican police if he is deported. In 2014, Jesus was a victim of police brutality in Mexico. Jesus fears returning to Mexico, being targeted by the police, and not being able to survive another attack. Please share this petition link widely so that we can get hundreds of signatures and help Jesus receive the proper medical treatment and avoid deportation to police state violence! This campaign was brought to you in partnership between Freedom Education Fund and United We Dream. Freedom Education Fund is a full-ride scholarship for students who are undocumented at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. FEF is a collaborative organizing campaign and platform for migrant justice and education equity. We have received national media attention and are the recipients of the 2015 Tom Pettit Social Justice Award. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.