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South Carolina Appleseed’s Statement on The Administration’s Asylum Ban (September 2019)

September 12, 2019

Last night, the Supreme Court allowed the Administration to enforce new rules that forbid asylum applications from migrants who have traveled through another country on their way to the United States. This decision practically ends asylum at the southern border, betrays our values, and makes refugees’ journey to safety much more dangerous. Before this unprecedented…

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Tell Senators Graham and Scott To Protect Refugee Resettlement!

September 10, 2019

Today, White House officials will meet to discuss cutting refugee admissions even further from our current embarrassingly-low limit of 30,000 refugees to 15,000 or 10,000 or even zero. To put things in perspective, the historical average is 98,000 per year and the Obama Administration admitted 85,000 in its last year. Instead of cutting the number…

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Join SC Appleseed in Urging Full Restoration of Deferred Action for Severely Ill Immigrants

September 3, 2019

We need your help to support humane immigration solutions! Last week SC Appleseed signed on to a letter urging USCIS to reverse its decision to stop adjudicating applications for non-military deferred action. Despite a partial reversal of the policy, more action is needed. In early August USCIS made an internal (and not publicly announced) policy…

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What Bird Poop, Faulty Drug Tests And A College Quarterback Can Teach Us About Collateral Consequences

August 28, 2019

It’s not often that we see a news story that brings together two separate worlds in South Carolina: college sports and collateral consequences. But thanks to a faulty road-side drug test, bird poop, and a division one football quarterback, these two worlds came clashing together late last month. One July night in Saluda County Late…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Statement on Finalized Public Charge Rule (August 2019)

August 12, 2019

The Administration’s New Public Charge Rule: Forcing Families to Choose Between Separation or Hunger Today the Trump administration announced that it will publish a final public charge rule, making it nearly impossible for low-income, elderly, or disabled people to legally immigrate to the Unites States, despite receiving nearly 200,000 comments opposing the cruel changes. Appleseed…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Statement on Mississippi Workplace Raids

August 9, 2019

The Administration is once again terrorizing and separating immigrant families. This time, they’ve raided multiple food processing plants throughout Mississippi, arresting nearly 700 people. Once again, instead of following a policy of truth, effectiveness and humanity, the Administration has opted for cruelty and family separation. While immigrant communities felt fresh fear after this past weekend’s…

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How To Make Our Immigration System More Humane and Effective

August 7, 2019

Over the last few weeks, SC Appleseed has kept you updated about the ongoing crisis at the border, from what’s happening, what you can do about it, and any further drastic changes in immigration enforcement policy. What’s lost in the news cycle is that none of this cruelty we see at the border is necessary…

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SC Appleseed’s Statement on the Administration’s New Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Rule

July 29, 2019

Last week, the Administration proposed a new rule that would eliminate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’s Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) program. This proposed rule would be disastrous for America’s fight against hunger: eliminating food assistance for 3.1 million low-income people, and almost certainly creating a bureaucratic mess in South Carolina. Along with the vast…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Expedited Removal

July 25, 2019

En Espanol Effective July 23, 2019, President Trump dramatically expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) authority to remove people from the country without judicial review through a process called “expedited removal.” September 2019 Update: A judge gave a preliminary injunction to block the expansion of expedited removal. More updates forthcoming. What is expedited removal, and…

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Join SC Appleseed in Fighting to End Detention of Immigrant Children and Families

July 16, 2019

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…

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