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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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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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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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RELEASE: CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct

July 11, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 11, 2017 South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center Contact: Sue Berkowitz ([email protected]); National Consumer Law Center Contacts: Lauren Saunders ([email protected]) or Stephen Rouzer ([email protected]); 202.595.7847 CFPB Rule Restores South Carolinians’ Day in Court Over Financial Misconduct Rule Addresses Forced Arbitration of Claims Involving Credit Cards, Payday Loans, Other Financial Products (COLUMBIA)…

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Reportaje de las clínicas de poderes notariales

June 29, 2017

Desde el principio del año, había sido un temor creciendo en las comunidades inmigrantes que son en riesgo de deportación por las prioridades de la nueva administración, actividad más agresiva de ICE, y hostilidad cultural generalmente más ampliada. En respuesta, los días 8 y 22 de junio, tuvimos nuestras primeras clínicas de POA (POA es…

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