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Important information for SC Immigrants about Increased ICE Enforcement starting this Weekend

July 12, 2019

U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting this Sunday, July 14, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin increased “targeted” enforcement across the country. SC Appleseed is not aware of any specific upcoming ICE enforcement activity in SC, but we’re advising all immigrant families to consult our resources page, for more information…

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What’s Happening to Children at the Border?

June 27, 2019

Over the last few weeks, more news has broken about the inhumane conditions detained children face at different border facilities, reverting our national attention back to the true humanitarian crisis at the border—one easily forgotten, while the situation only gets worse. Many people have lost track of what’s going on, are grossly unaware about the…

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How the New Public Charge Rule Would Create More Problems…And Solve None

November 20, 2018

Last month, the Administration made public a new proposed policy, broadly expanding the forms of public assistance counted when making a “public charge” determination for those applying for permanent residence (green card) status.  Though the proposed rule has changed from the initial leaked drafts earlier in the year, the fear the administration has stoked is…

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Statement: Trump again resorts to division and distraction, instead of offering unity and real solutions.

November 2, 2018

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump held a press conference to announce a major shift in US asylum policy. In practice the shift would all but ban asylum and seems to be willfully ignorant of US and international law. Additionally, he announced that the administration intends to begin holding all immigrants—including asylum-seekers and vulnerable families—indefinitely in “tent cities”…

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Statement: President Trump’s Threat to End Birthright Citizenship is Unconstitutional and Contrary to American Values

October 30, 2018

Once again, President Trump, and his supporters, including Senator Lindsey Graham are advocating for the use of unconstitutional tactics to harm immigrants, sew division, and create fear in communities across the US. In his most recent attempt, the President vowed to end constitutionally guaranteed natural birth citizenship by Executive Order, a proposal so radical that…

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STATEMENT: Proposed Rule Would Increase Poverty and Endanger Immigrants and Their Children

September 24, 2018

Following a trend of spiteful anti-immigrant policies, over the weekend, the Administration published a new proposed rule that would alter decades of existing legal immigration precedent. This departure from American values will directly endanger the lives of immigrant families, including children who are United States citizens. The proposed rule forces immigrant families into an impossible…

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DACA: 6 Years and Still Dreaming!

June 14, 2018

June 15th, 2018, marks the 6th anniversary of the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which began under President Barack Obama in 2012. In the last six years DACA has improved and stabilized the lives of nearly 1 million young people across the United States, affording them protection from deportation, the…

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Statement: Sessions is wrong to stop granting asylum to those fleeing domestic abuse and gang violence.

June 12, 2018

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order directing immigration authorities to no longer grant asylum on the basis of fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse in a home country. This mean-spirited decision puts on full display the Trump Administration’s cold-hearted view of immigrants, with apparent special contempt toward women and children. Under the guise…

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STATEMENT: Attorney General Wilson must end challenge to popular DACA program

May 2, 2018

Attorney General Alan Wilson must end challenge to popular DACA program The Attorney General’s decision threatens thousands of Dreamers in SC, due to Congress’s failure to update immigration laws COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monday, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined South Carolina onto a lawsuit aiming to end the highly successful and popular Deferred Action for Childhood…

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Dream Delayed in SC

April 26, 2018

As the 2018 Legislative session winds down, it is time to look back on the progress the SC Dreamers Act made this year.  It is absolutely exciting that the SC Dreamers Act was filed this year. Never before has there been a champion on this issue like Rep. Neal Collins. His enthusiasm and commitment influenced…

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