Target: Sarah Saldana, Director of ICE
Goal: Approve asylum request of woman who could be tortured and imprisoned for her spiritual beliefs.
A woman is in danger of being deported to China where she is at risk of detention and torture because she is a practitioner of Falun Gong spiritual group. Shixin Lu is a 43-year-old Chinese architect who is hoping to seek asylum in the United States after release from a West Michigan jail. Her religion has been outlawed in China since 1999, with several of its practitioners detained and tortured. The Chinese Community Party has subjected Falun Gong to widespread harassment since its banning.
Falun Gong is a peaceful movement that was founded in 1992 with no formal leadership. The group focuses on compassion, meditation and truthfulness. Falun Gong staged a silent protest in 1999 after attacks against its members, and in response, the Chinese government declared the group illegal claiming it was a threat to national security. The Chinese government insisted that the motive of the group was political, and the group was, therefore, a threat to the Communist party.
Shixin and her husband Austin were both victims of this abuse, which forced them to conceal their religious beliefs and establish successful careers in their country. In early 2014, Shixin and her family had visited the United States, but she had to go back to China after news that her father was not well. It was during this visit that she started receiving threats about her religious affiliations with Falun Gong. Shixin returned to the United States where she was under ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody before she decided to apply for asylum.
Despite evidence of warnings from Chinese authorities, her asylum claim was wrongly declined, and she has been under detention for more than a year in Calhoun County. ICE can release her because she has a genuine asylum claim and she is not a threat. If you would like to stop Lu’s deportation, sign this petition.
Dear Sarah Saldana
I am writing this letter to demand a stop in the deportation of Shixin Lu, who is an asylum-seeker. Shixin has provided enough evidence to prove that her life is in danger, and it is only humane for her to be allowed to seek asylum in the United States. In addition, Lu is a mother and a trained architecture who can offer her professional service to the U.S.
Shixin was warned by her supervisor that her life is in danger, and she cannot dare step foot in China. The United States is a strong advocate for religious freedom, and Lu has a right to belong to any religious group without interference by her government. Do the right thing and grant Lu’s request for an asylum.
[Your Name Here]
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