Last week, Lights 4 Liberty Vigils were held across the country, calling to end the mass detention, family separation, and cruel conditions endured by immigrant families at the border. At SC Appleseed, we’ve been following this situation closely, advocated at events such as Lights 4 Liberty, and organized concerned South Carolinians in opposition to these punitive immigration policies, which are part of a multi-policy attack on immigrants. Family separation and detention policies cost U.S. taxpayers millions and causes life changing trauma for impacted children and families, with no evidence that separation and detention improves public safety or compliance with immigration proceedings.
Last month, we posted a blog outlining what’s happening at the border, but in that short time, further grim news has come to public attention. There’s no telling how many facilities exist under inhumane and filthy conditions, as thousands of people have been detained at the border. SC Appleseed will continue to post updates on changes in federal immigration policy and enforcement that impact immigrants in South Carolina and relevant legal resources for immigrant families. SC Appleseed continues to fight for fair and humane immigration policies.
While SC Appleseed does not provide direct services to detained individuals, we are a member organization of SC United with Immigrants (SCUWI), a state-wide coalition of individuals and organizations committed to immigrants and refugees in SC. We’re grateful for the work of these other important organizations, who work directly with detained immigrants and provide valuable resources and information for those who need it. You can explore them at the links below:
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Defends immigrant rights by coordinating advocacy and legal immigration services at the national level.
Catholic Charities USA Immigration and Refugee Services
Provides for basic needs and “ensures that children are being treated with care and kindness.”
Fosters bi-national solidarity through humanitarian assistance, education and research/advocacy.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
Works with unaccompanied minors to pair each child with a long-term safe and stable home.
Support Kind (Kids in Need of Defense)
Helps unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children who come to the United States without parents or legal guardians seeking protection.
Gives Legal advice and translation services to families detained at the U.S. border.
Helps keep families together and safe by funding legal support, advocacy and church mobilization.