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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Information about ICE Raids impacting Central Americans with deportation orders/Información sobre las redadas de ICE que impactan a Centroamericanos que tienen órdenes de deportación

May 16, 2016

  With the recent news of the Obama administration’s plan to conduct more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations in the near future, South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center wants to remind immigrants and their allies of the following points: One is only at risk of being picked up by ICE if they either a)…

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Update on the lawsuit over DAPA and expanded DACA

April 18, 2016

In November 2014 the President announced two programs to help immigrants.  One was Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the other an expanded version of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Both programs would help long term immigrants living in the US, who do not have criminal records and…

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The Land of Opportunity

January 22, 2016

This is part two of a two part series entitled, “What Motivates Immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America”. Read part one. People from around the world have immigrated to the United States. Sometimes to flee violence, to avoid persecution for how they look, their religion or to be able to provide a…

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Immigrants Running For Their Lives.

January 14, 2016

This is part one of a two part series entitled, “What Motivates Immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America”. I M A G I N E living in a place that you feel threatened every time you walk out your front door; where when you walk outside, you can expect to see dead…

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The Real Deal about Immigrants in South Carolina

July 16, 2015

People have lots of misconceptions about immigrants in South Carolina. We wanted to give you the real facts about immigrants and immigration in America today. Most immigrants to American come here legally. According to the Department of Homeland Security, about 75% of today’s immigrants have legal permanent visas. That leaves just 25% that are undocumented…

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Higher Education in SC Should be Open to All

June 12, 2015

Earlier this week, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center (SC Appleseed) and The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and filed a federal lawsuit to protect the rights of US born college students of immigrant parents. Currently, the South Carolina’s higher education system classifies dependent US citizen students residing in South Carolina as “non-residents” for tuition, scholarship,…

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Welcome Alycia Guevara!

June 1, 2015

Alycia Guevara starts her first day at SC Appleseed today and we are so excited that she is joining the team as the community organizer for the immigrant community. Alycia’s passion for this work was instilled in her at a young age by her father. As the daughter of a Salvadoran immigrant, she was able…

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Young Immigrants in Action share their voices

April 8, 2015

Contributed by guest blogger Diana Pliego-Padillo I am a founding member of Young Immigrants in Action (YIA), a statewide grassroots organization here in South Carolina. Recently, with the help of SC Appleseed and the Sisters of Charity Foundation, we were able to create a calendar, “Hold onto Your Dreams.” Our calendar tells our story. Featuring…

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President Obama's Administrative Relief for Immigrants Explained

January 2, 2015

         ***UPDATE – FEBRUARY 17, 2015*** Yesterday, in a disappointing ruling that is not in the best interests of our state, a district judge in Texas temporarily blocked the President’s Administrative Relief for Immigrants, halting expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). The court found…

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