SC Appleseed works to safeguard all immigrants’ rights, collaborating with state agencies to ensure that no unnecessary hurdles prevent immigrants from realizing the protections afforded by our laws. We also provide education and advocacy to our state’s legislative delegations on immigrants’ rights and the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.
SC Appleseed successfully advocated for exceptions in the anti-harboring provision of a state immigration law that would have made it a felony for humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to an undocumented immigrant. Had these exceptions not been included, staff at domestic violence shelters, food banks, hospitals, clinics or churches could have been jailed simply for doing charitable work.
SC Appleseed collaborated with the Department of Education to stop the illegal practice in some school districts of demanding a child’s social security number before enrolling the student. SC Appleseed gives special attention to the plight of immigrant children, who in many cases are here through no decision or effort of their own, but under current law have no path to citizenship and its benefits. These efforts include advocating for policy improvements through the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, a committee of the Children’s Law Center at USC School of Law, and providing training to the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program.
Other training programs on immigrants’ rights have been offered to English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and immigrant students, through the Department of Education, and to social workers handling cases of abuse, through the Department of Social Services.
SC Appleseed joined a broad coalition of state and national public interest organizations to sue the State of South Carolina and enjoin the enforcement of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant Arizona copycat law.
- Information for Immigrants After the Election (Información para inmigrantes después de la elección)
- What happens when youths go to the United States Immigration Court
- Prueba de Identidad para Recetas Médicas / Proof of Identity for Prescriptions
- Top Ten Practice Points for Working With an Interpreter
- SC’s Version of the Arizona Law SB20
- SC Know Your Rights
- Information for Immigrants about Social Security Number Fraud
- FAFSA, Residency, and Scholarship Issues for US Born Youth of Undocumented Parents in SC
- Immigrant Resource Guide
- LEP- Interpreter FAQ’s
- Who Can Help Me With Immigration Matters?
- Becoming a Naturalized US Citizen
- Higher Education Issues for Immigrant Youth and US Citizen Youth of Immigrant Parents Living in South Carolina
- Quick Guide on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- Truth About Immigrants
- Do You Qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) of 2012?
- Military Path to Citizenship
- Central Alien Minor Program (CAM)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Immigrants and Government Benefits
- Preguntas Frecuentes sobre Inmigracion y Beneficios Gubernamentales
- Registry Fact Sheet
- Registry Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- Why Doesn’t Everyone Just Apply for a Visa?
- Who Can Help Me with Immigration Matters
- ¿Quién me puede ayudar con asuntos de Inmigración?
- SC – Know Your Rights
- Reporting Requirements
- What Part of Legal Immigration Do You Not Understand?
- Affidavits of Support and Sponsor Deeming
- Language Access (Spanish)
- Public Charge Fact Sheet
- Employment E-Verification
- Immigrants and Education
- Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians Are an Economical Powerhouse in South Carolina (Courtesy of the Immigration Policy Center)
- Que documentos necesitan los padres indocumentados para obtener la partida de nacimiento de su hijo recien nacido. (Spanish)
- Que deben hacer para obtener el pasaporte norteamericano para sus hijos nacidos en los EEUU (Spanish)
Manuals, Reports and Policy Papers
- Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation
- Immigrant Resource Guide
- Immigration Manual
- Advocate’s Guide To Immigrant Issues in South Carolina