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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ACA Voices: Nicole In Her Own Words

February 13, 2017

I am a full-time graduate student at USC, and I was enrolled in their health care coverage plan because I am over 26.  Tending to school and internship requirements, I can only work part-time, and because of this, I am not able to receive insurance through my employer. After reviewing what services were provided through…

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PRESS RELEASE: Proposed fast-track legislation puts SC consumers at risk

February 6, 2017

Sens Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott Urged to Reject Measure to Block Fraud and Fee Protections on Prepaid Cards Obscure, fast-track law would stop CFPB prepaid card rule CONTACT: Sue Berkowitz (803)779-1113 x101  Columbia, SC  – February 6,  2017 – South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center today called on South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and…

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ACA Voices: Janet's Story

February 3, 2017

In 1996, I opened a business modifying buildings for people with disabilities using the American with Disabilities Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG). I owned and operated the Accessibility Center of South Carolina for several years as a single mother of four without incident. Being a responsible parent requires intention, and I knew that; however, what I didn’t…

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What is the BRIDGE Act?

February 1, 2017

The BRIDGE Act* is bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). If passed, the BRIDGE Act would allow individuals who are eligible— along with those who have already received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—to remain in the United States without the daily threat of deportation. At…

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What's at Stake for Young Adults if the ACA is Repealed

January 18, 2017

While one of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage for all, young adults have benefitted more than many! Overall, 6.1 million young people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA’s passage, including 2.3 million who remained on their parents’ plan and 3.8 million who…

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The ACA saved my life…my turn to help save the ACA!

January 13, 2017

My name is Abigail, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. In 2009, I was a student athlete competing in cross country and was involved in choir in high school. I was also at the peak of my medical crisis suffering from chronic migraines that were debilitating. After receiving many tests, my doctors found that I…

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I send Tomás to…you.

January 12, 2017

Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham and a bipartisan coalition of legislators filed the BRIDGE* Act, which would continue the protections of the highly successful DACA program and provide protections to immigrants who arrived in the US as children.  We need you to contact Sen. Tim Scott to ask him to support this legislation alongside Sen. Graham.…

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement Hurts Seniors

January 9, 2017

Every day, whether seniors need to see a doctor, receive care in their home, or pay for prescription drugs, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are lifelines for older adults. However, the entire health care system upon which older adults rely is at risk in the new Congress. Changes to the ACA will…

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Hungry in the US. Hungry in South Carolina.

September 13, 2016

More than 42.2 million Americans lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service. The 2015 numbers represent a significant decrease from 2014, with the rate declining from 15.4 to 13.4 percent. “These numbers of people struggling in food-insecure households…

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