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The Dream Act: What it is, and Why it is Urgent

August 2, 2017

The DREAM Act of 2017, sponsored by SC Senator Lindsey Graham, will provide those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals of 2012 (DACA) a way to finally stabilize their legal status and eventually become US citizens.  Those with DACA came to the US as children, grew up in America, but have never been given a…

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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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SC Appleseed POA Clinic Update

June 28, 2017

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a growing fear among immigrant communities of risk of deportation due to the priorities of the new administration, more aggressive ICE activity and overall increased cultural hostility. In response, on June 8th and 22nd, we held our first POA Clinics—pro bono immigration legal clinics, to create powers of…

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Five Things You Can Do TODAY to make a difference!

May 17, 2017

These days it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the difficult and concerning decisions and events happening both locally and at a national level. It can also be easy to feel powerless to do anything to make change. Your voice is important. There are simple things you can do that can have a…

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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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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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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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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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