March 5th Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

March 5, 2018

The past few months have been a very trying time for Dreamers—particularly those who’ve received legal status and permission to work through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since the Administration’s September 5, 2017 decision to end the program, Dreamers have endured a relentless up and down. Promises from members of Congress have…

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Senator Scott: Time is running out to take a stand with Dreamers.

February 15, 2018

The Honorable Tim Scott: The September 2017 announcement by President Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has put approximately 800,000 DACA recipients (Dreamers) nationwide at risk for deportation. That number is close to 6400 in South Carolina.  Despite recent court rulings, the future for Dreamers remains uncertain without a permanent legislative…

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SC Dreamers Act of 2018: What it is and what it would mean for Dreamers in SC

February 9, 2018

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, more than 75 Dreamers and allies from across the state joined at the SC Statehouse to advocate for the passage of the South Carolina Dreamers Act of 2018 (H4435 – Rep Collins/S869 – Sen Kimpson). This legislation is incredibly important to the future of Dreamers in SC and our state…

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SC Appleseed Response to Gov. McMaster’s 2018 State of the State Address

January 26, 2018

On Wednesday night, Gov. McMaster gave his first “State of the State” address. In the end, what he offered felt like little more than pandering and empty promises—albeit with a handshake and a smile. While speaking of “New Prosperity” and broad tax cuts, he conveniently omitted that the proposed cuts would largely benefit those who…

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Dominion’s Offer to Purchase SCANA, All Flash No Substance?

January 16, 2018

Recently we have been flooded with headlines touting Dominion Energy’s push to purchase all the stock of SCANA, the parent company of SCE&G, and strike a deal to “save” the troubled utility. But how will this work out for consumers? First, Dominion usually promotes the fact that they are offering an immediate 5% bill discount…

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30 Racial, Economic Justice Organizations: Congress Must Protect Dreamers

November 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2017 30 Racial, Economic Justice Organizations: Congress Must Protect Dreamers Nationwide collection of state-based legal advocacy groups stand with immigrant families and communities Chicago, IL | Columbia, SC – November 13, 2017 – 30 members of the Legal Impact Network (LIN)—a nationwide collaboration of law and policy organizations that work…

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Veterans Day Lawyers 4 Vets Recap

November 10, 2017

Every November, Americans pay tribute and offer gratitude to the Veterans who serve and protect our country in both peacetime and during war. As we approach Veterans Day, I tend to think back over the last 3 years we have operated Lawyers 4 Vets, SC Appleseed’s pro bono legal clinic that serves lower income Veterans.…

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When criminal records come back to haunt you: Expungements and third-party background reports

November 7, 2017

About one in three Americans have some sort of criminal record, ranging from simple arrests to actual convictions. As any job-seeker or apartment-hunter knows, more and more employers and landlords are using background checks. Nearly 90% of employers and 80% of landlords run some sort of background check on potential employees or tenants. If you…

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment is coming—11/1/17-12/15/17! #GETCOVERED for 2018!

October 6, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law of the land. Since 2014 – over 22 million people in the United Sates have gained access to affordable, quality health insurance including over 230,000 South Carolinians! In a few short weeks, the Open Enrollment period for 2018 health care coverage will begin. This year, Open Enrollment…

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SC Supports DREAMers

October 5, 2017

South Carolinians support Dreamers and will #DefendDACA recipients. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s DREAM Act aims to continue the provisions of the DACA program. The DREAM Act is about fairness, opportunity, family and community, and it is good for us all. DACA Voices | Rosa: Out of the shadows; helping others reach the American Dream DACA Voices…

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