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DACA: 6 Years and Still Dreaming!

June 14, 2018

June 15th, 2018, marks the 6th anniversary of the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which began under President Barack Obama in 2012. In the last six years DACA has improved and stabilized the lives of nearly 1 million young people across the United States, affording them protection from deportation, the…

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Statement: Sessions is wrong to stop granting asylum to those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence.

June 12, 2018

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order directing immigration authorities to no longer grant asylum on the basis of fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse in a home country. This mean-spirited decision puts on full display the Trump Administration’s cold-hearted view of immigrants, with apparent special contempt toward women and children. Under the guise…

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Caring for South Carolina’s Children – The role of EPSDT in Children’s Healthcare

May 30, 2018

“I sleep good at night because I take care of my kids well,” stated Mrs. Johnson, of her twin sons. Mrs. Johnson’s sons are both on the Autism Spectrum, and she participated in a recent focus group conducted by South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center to learn about parents’ and caregivers’ understanding of their children’s…

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STATEMENT: Attorney General Wilson must end challenge to popular DACA program

May 2, 2018

Attorney General Alan Wilson must end challenge to popular DACA program The Attorney General’s decision threatens thousands of Dreamers in SC, due to Congress’s failure to update immigration laws COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monday, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined South Carolina onto a lawsuit aiming to end the highly successful and popular Deferred Action for Childhood…

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Dream Delayed in SC

April 26, 2018

As the 2018 Legislative session winds down, it is time to look back on the progress the SC Dreamers Act made this year.  It is absolutely exciting that the SC Dreamers Act was filed this year. Never before has there been a champion on this issue like Rep. Neal Collins. His enthusiasm and commitment influenced…

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Dreamers in the lead—from South Carolina to DC

March 30, 2018

Last week, two Dreamers from DACA United SC and SC Appleseed Organizer, Ana Garcia, joined with Dreamers and advocates from across the nation in Washington DC to attend the Leaders in Action Summit, hosted by UnidosUS a national group that advocates for Latinos. The summit included policy briefings, advocacy training, and legislative visits. The timing…

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PRESS RELEASE: South Carolina Leaders Oppose Sen. Graham’s Attempt to Repeal Protections Against Abusive Payday Lenders

March 23, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J. Res 56, which would repeal the payday and car title lending rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in October. The announcement to roll back this important consumer protection comes off the heels of the payday…

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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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