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Writing a Letter to the Editor: DACA/Dreamers

May 17, 2017

The Basics Write from the heart and keep your letter short – Less than 200 words. Each paper may have different rules relating to letters to the editor, so always check the editorial page of the paper. Start with a strong statement explaining your main idea– grab the reader’s attention! Come up with a catchy…

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Drafting Your Own Story: A Letter to the Editor

May 17, 2017

The Basics Write from the heart and keep your letter short – less than 200 words. Each Letter to the Editor (LTE) may have different directions, so always check the editorial page of the paper or website. Start with a strong statement explaining your main idea– grab the reader’s attention! Come up with a catchy…

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Chloe’s Medicaid Story

March 13, 2017

This letter was sent to us by Chloe’s mother, Amy Bredeson of Bluffton, SC. Chloe receives healthcare coverage through the Medicaid TEFRA program. The letter paints a powerful picture of what is at stake if Medicaid funding is reduced through the GOP’s proposed “per capita cap” system. Her letter is not only the words of a mother pleading…

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FamiliesUSA: Actually Mr. President, the Affordable Care Act Has Been a Huge Success in Kentucky.

March 2, 2017

This blog post was published by FamiliesUSA in response to remarks made by the President claiming the Affordable Care Act is “failing” in Kentucky—a state the fully embraced the opportunity to open an in-state marketplace and expand Medicaid under the ACA. At the same time, it highlights the opportunity South Carolina missed by not embracing the…

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The Uncertain Future of the Medicaid Program

February 27, 2017

The entire system of healthcare coverage is currently under attack in Congress. First, Congressional Leadership and the new Administration came after the Affordable Care Act, and now they have set their sights on the Medicaid program. Medicaid provides healthcare for approximately 1 million people in our state each year, including more than 630,000 children. In…

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New Guidelines for Prioritizing Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation

February 22, 2017

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new rules for how undocumented immigrants will be prioritized for arrest, detention and deportation. The reality is there are not enough immigration and border patrol agents, detention centers and immigration Judges. Because of this, former President Obama created policy on who was a priority for deportation. The guidelines under…

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Contact your Legislators…

February 22, 2017

Wondering how to get in touch with your Legislator? Here are the numbers to call to schedule your appointment (if you’re not sure who your Representative is, use this tool to find your legislators): Senator Lindsey Graham DC Office (202) 224-5972 Midlands Office 508 Hampton Street, Suite 202 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: (803) 933-0112 Upstate Office…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Refugees

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States The order aims to limit people, whether through visa or as a refugee, from entering the United States by doing the following. Note that right now the Executive Order is in litigation. Suspend efforts to provide visas to individuals from certain countries.…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Deportations

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States This order will increase the removal of undocumented immigrants by doing the following: Make certain immigrants a priority for deportation. Those immigrants are – ones who have been convicted of a crime, charged with a crime, committed fraud in social service programs, or…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Immigration & Border

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements The order focuses on border security in several ways: Requiring the building a wall staffed by local, state, and federal officers. Adding up to an additional 5,000 border agents. Staffing detention centers with immigration judges, so that trials can happen more quickly. Ending the “catch and release”…

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