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Statement: Trump again resorts to division and distraction, instead of offering unity and real solutions.

November 2, 2018

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump held a press conference to announce a major shift in US asylum policy. In practice the shift would all but ban asylum and seems to be willfully ignorant of US and international law. Additionally, he announced that the administration intends to begin holding all immigrants—including asylum-seekers and vulnerable families—indefinitely in “tent cities”…

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Statement: President Trump’s Threat to End Birthright Citizenship is Unconstitutional and Contrary to American Values

October 30, 2018

Once again, President Trump, and his supporters, including Senator Lindsey Graham are advocating for the use of unconstitutional tactics to harm immigrants, sew division, and create fear in communities across the US. In his most recent attempt, the President vowed to end constitutionally guaranteed natural birth citizenship by Executive Order, a proposal so radical that…

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STATEMENT: Proposed Rule Would Increase Poverty and Endanger Immigrants and Their Children

September 24, 2018

Following a trend of spiteful anti-immigrant policies, over the weekend, the Administration published a new proposed rule that would alter decades of existing legal immigration precedent. This departure from American values will directly endanger the lives of immigrant families, including children who are United States citizens. The proposed rule forces immigrant families into an impossible…

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DACA: 6 Years and Still Dreaming!

June 14, 2018

June 15th, 2018, marks the 6th anniversary of the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which began under President Barack Obama in 2012. In the last six years DACA has improved and stabilized the lives of nearly 1 million young people across the United States, affording them protection from deportation, the…

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Statement: Sessions is wrong to stop granting asylum to those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence.

June 12, 2018

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order directing immigration authorities to no longer grant asylum on the basis of fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse in a home country. This mean-spirited decision puts on full display the Trump Administration’s cold-hearted view of immigrants, with apparent special contempt toward women and children. Under the guise…

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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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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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