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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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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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What happens when youths go to the United States Immigration Court

October 27, 2016

This video explains all of the parts of going to immigration court for unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the border without their parents. Por favor ver este video en español aquí: (https://youtu.be/FaffUr1VU9M) para saber más sobre lo que debe esperar para su fecha de corte.  

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DACA Program Update: Extended Renewal Wait Times

August 29, 2016

Stay Ahead of the Game! DACA renewal wait times are now around six months. (Español abajo) South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center received word last week that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are having to wait approximately six (6) months to receive their renewed documents from the United States Citizenship…

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In His Own Words – DACA's 4th Anniversary

August 25, 2016

Monday of last week marked the 4th Anniversary of the date when the first applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were submitted on August 15, 2012. The DACA program, first announced by President Obama in June 2012, gives immigrant youth who were between the ages of 15 and 31 who came to the…

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2016 SC Appleseed Legislative Wrap Up

June 17, 2016

Coverage of the 2016 legislative session focused on a small number of high profile issues, but all the while here at South Carolina Appleseed we were working on several lesser known but very important bills which were enacted into law. These laws are not only great public policy; they will also help the communities we…

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