Joe James

Statement: SC Appleseed Opposes Rule Change for Out-Of-Work or Under-Employed SNAP Food Benefit Recipients

December 5, 2019

This week, the Trump Administration published a final rule to cut SNAP benefits (food stamps) for hundreds of thousands of people who are out of work or under-employed. The group of people affected are categorized as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) and approximately 700,000 of them will lose food assistance under this new rule. Congress…

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South Carolina Appleseed Stands with DACA Recipients and Dreamers

November 12, 2019

As the Supreme Court hears a pivotal case that could determine the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, South Carolina Appleseed stands with DACA recipients and Dreamers to celebrate the success of the DACA program and the contributions that DACA recipients and Dreamers make to this country. DACA provides opportunity for those…

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South Carolina Appleseed Statement on The Administration’s Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage Decree:

November 1, 2019

Once again, the Administration is trying to separate families and fundamentally change our immigration system without the approval of Congress. This time, the president made an “emergency” proclamation requiring that  immigrant applying for a family based visa or residency must be denied entry and residency to the United States unless they prove they will have…

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Heidi’s Story

October 29, 2019

Navigating government bureaucracy to access public benefits would be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult for those who need it most. Complicated language and conflicting information create barriers to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) and prevent access for the very people the program was built for. People trying to…

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New Poll: South Carolinians want Financial Reform

October 24, 2019

There have been few issues in recent memory that have united Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters. Tough Wall Street reform is an issue that transcends party lines, and connects almost everyone through the dire need of stricter regulations. Wall Street reform has almost universal support from voters in the key 2020 early states, including in…

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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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