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Join SC Appleseed in Fighting to End Detention of Immigrant Children and Families

July 16, 2019

Last week, Lights 4 Liberty Vigils were held across the country, calling to end the mass detention, family separation, and cruel conditions endured by immigrant families at the border.  At SC Appleseed, we’ve been following this situation closely, advocated at events such as Lights 4 Liberty, and organized concerned South Carolinians in opposition to these…

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Información Importante para Los Inmigrantes de SC sobre el Aumento de la Aplicación de ICE Comenzando Este Fin De Semana

July 12, 2019

Los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció que, a partir de este domingo, 14 de julio de 2019, el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) comenzará acciones de cumplimiento “dirigidas” en todo el país. SC Appleseed no tiene…

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Important information for SC Immigrants about Increased ICE Enforcement starting this Weekend

July 12, 2019

U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting this Sunday, July 14, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin increased “targeted” enforcement across the country. SC Appleseed is not aware of any specific upcoming ICE enforcement activity in SC, but we’re advising all immigrant families to consult our resources page, for more information…

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What’s Happening to Children at the Border?

June 27, 2019

Over the last few weeks, more news has broken about the inhumane conditions detained children face at different border facilities, reverting our national attention back to the true humanitarian crisis at the border—one easily forgotten, while the situation only gets worse. Many people have lost track of what’s going on, are grossly unaware about the…

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What does a Second Chance Look Like?

April 26, 2019

Each Month, SC Appleseed partners with the Columbia VA Health Care System, Nelson Mullins and volunteer attorneys from across the Midlands to hold a free legal clinic, Lawyers 4 Vets, for Veterans in the Columbia area. Lawyers 4 Vets connects low-income Veterans with attorneys who provide legal advice and representation on a range of issues.…

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SCDHHS’s Waiver Request: The Good and The Bad

March 21, 2019

In late December 2018, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) released an initial proposal to request a waiver from the federal government to allow for the implementation of work requirements for many South Carolinians who get their health care coverage through Medicaid. This proposal was flawed and deeply concerning, and in…

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What the Administration’s New SNAP Rule Means For South Carolina (And What You Can Do About It)

February 27, 2019

In December, the Administration proposed a rule change designed to undermine Congress and decrease states’ ability to feed their hungriest residents. The proposed rule was announced on the same day as the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and effectively would add strict time limits to SNAP benefits despite Congress having rejected these harsh terms…

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Press Release: CFPB Move to Gut Payday Consumer Protections Will Harm South Carolina Families

February 7, 2019

Eliminating Protections Will Keep People Ensnared in Payday Debt Trap Columbia, SC — Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) moved to gut the agency’s own consumer protections against predatory lenders, leaving South Carolina families exposed to the harms of payday and car-title lending. South Carolina Appleseed strongly opposes this action and urges that the CFPB’s 2017 rule…

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How Everyone in South Carolina Will Suffer From Medicaid Work Requirements

January 30, 2019

Last week, we blogged about how many people support work requirements and other measures to reduce Medicaid coverage because they believed lies about Medicaid and the people on it. Contrary to what many people think, most people on Medicaid are either unable to work (children, the elderly and people with disabilities) or need the coverage…

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Important Information About SNAP (Food Stamps) During the Government Shut Down

January 16, 2019

(Español abajo) February SNAP benefits will be received early—on January 17th—because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday afternoon the SC Department of Social Services released important information related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) for February that will affect about 231,000 households in our state. This information is urgent for SNAP beneficiaries in our state.…

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