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Category Archives: Immigration

Five Things You Can Do TODAY to make a difference!

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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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