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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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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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