Pass the #DREAMActNow Rally at the SC Statehouse Tuesday Jan 30th

Pass the #DREAMActNow / #No Wall
RALLY
TUESDAY Jan 30th 5PM-7PM

SC Statehouse, 1100 Gervais St.
Join us for a rally to push Congress to pass the #DreamActNow, putting legal protections into law for DREAMers, the 800,000 young undocumented Americans who received protection under the DACA program until the Trump administration ended it.  We will also demand #NoWall, opposing Trump’s misguided plan to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money.
Sign line vigil from 5pm-6pm.  Speakers after 6pm.
Bring a sign, some provided.  No profanity or highly partisan messages please.
Spread the word! #DREAMActNow #NoWall
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Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center

Support the DREAM Act of 2017 & Oppose the RAISE Act

Help mobilize support for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), otherwise known as Dreamers. Also, express your opposition to the RAISE Act, which reduces the number of legal residency and refugee visas the United States issues. No human being is illegal!

Protect “DREAMERS” by signing your support for the BRIDGE Act

Dear South Carolina Friends,

As you may know, Congress is reviewing the BRIDGE Act introduced by Senator Graham and we are calling for our South Carolina Congressional Members to work across the aisle and with the new administration to see that we support our Dreamers. This legislation will protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients. Continue reading “Protect “DREAMERS” by signing your support for the BRIDGE Act”

Ask Federal Legislators to Vote YES on Bridge Act ( S. 3542)

Dear Friends:Young Immigrants in Action (YIA) and Somos SC are grassroots organizations of young immigrants and…

Posted by Young Immigrants in Action on Monday, January 16, 2017

ACTION ALERT: The Time for Immigration Reform is Now!

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress the Time for Immigration Reform is Now!

The US Senate just passed an immigration reform bill that provided a path to citizenship for the undocumented but also “practically militarizes the border” in Senator Graham’s words, spending $50 billion to doubling the number of border agents by adding 21,000 and building 700 more miles of border fortifications.

The US House now needs to pass an immigration reform bill, but it faces a rocky road in the House.  There is strong opposition in the House to a path to citizenship.  An immigration reform bill without a path to citizenship isn’t really immigration reform.  Your Congressman is already hearing from those who oppose immigration reform.  Your Congressman needs to hear from you.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Congressman the Time for Immigration Reform is Now!

Contact your Representative and tell him you support a path to citizenship and you oppose “militarizing the border” and wasting $50 billion in taxpayer money.  When Congress returns to session after the July 4th holiday, they need to get down to work!

Contact Your Rep Now & Mark Your Calendar to Call-In on TUES July 9th, SC Call in Day.

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LINKS TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE & MORE INFO (click read more)

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress the Time for Immigration Reform is Now!

The US Senate just passed an immigration reform bill that provided a path to citizenship for the undocumented but also “practically militarizes the border” in Senator Graham’s words, spending $50 billion to doubling the number of border agents by adding 21,000 and building 700 more miles of border fortifications.

The US House now needs to pass an immigration reform bill, but it faces a rocky road in the House.  There is strong opposition in the House to a path to citizenship.  An immigration reform bill without a path to citizenship isn’t really immigration reform.  Your Congressman is already hearing from those who oppose immigration reform.  Your Congressman needs to hear from you.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Congressman the Time for Immigration Reform is Now!

Contact your Representative and tell him you support a path to citizenship and you oppose “militarizing the border” and wasting $50 billion in taxpayer money.  When Congress returns to session after the July 4th holiday, they need to get down to work!

Contact Your Rep Now & Mark Your Calendar to Call-In on TUES July 9th, SC Call in Day.

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LINKS TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE & MORE INFO (click read more)

Rep Mark Sanford (SC-1): https://sanford.house.gov/contact/email-me

Rep  Joe Wilson (SC-2) :https://joewilsonforms.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/default.aspx

Rep Jeff Duncan (SC-3) https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me

Rep Trey Gowdy (SC-4) http://gowdy.house.gov/Contact/default.aspx

Rep Mick Mulvaney (SC-5) https://forms.house.gov/mulvaney/webforms/zipauthen_contact.shtml

Rep Jim Clyburn (SC-6): https://forms.house.gov/clyburn/zipauth.shtml

Rep Tom Rice (SC-7): https://rice.house.gov/contact/email-me

Don’t know your Congressman? Outside SC? Go here: house.gov

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BACKGROUND

“S.C. House members cooler — but not stone cold — on immigration reform” Charleston Post & Courier, SUN June 30th

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130630/PC16/130639965/1009/sc-house-members-cooler-x2014-but-not-stone-cold-x2014-on-immigration-reform&source=RSS

“Securing” the border?  Necessary?

*The number of border agents in recent years has already been doubled… doubling them again would quadruple the number of border agents.

*Deportations have hit record levels under the Obama administration.   This also means family separations on a massive scale and the imprison of American citizens in private prison gulags due to a lack of due process.

* The border cannot be “secured.”  As long as there is opportunity on the other side of the border, people will cross it.  Just as with the drug war, as long as there is supply and demand, efforts to stop border traffic will be bypassed. In addition, most undocumented immigrants cross the border legally, but overstay their visas.

Advocacy Organizations

SC Immigration Coalitionhttp://www.sc-coalition.org/about-us/our-work/ccomprehensive-immigration-reform

A United South Carolina, http://unitedsc.org/

 

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Immigration Rights Walk & Prayer Vigil, SUN Dec 18th

Walk & Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Rights

SUN Dec 18th

Gather 1:15PM at Zion Baptist Church (Washington & Gadsden)

Walk to Statehouse begins 1:30PM

Prayer Vigil at Statehouse, 2-3PM

The Constitutionality of South Carolina’s new immigration law (SB 20) is being challenged in Federal Court in Charleston on MON Dec 19th.  We gather to oppose this draconian law.    If upheld, the law will require law enforcement to investigate the legal status of anyone they stop and develop a “reasonable suspicion” the person is not here legally. Immigrants are our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, our teachers, our service members, and they should not be treated as “others.”

Text of the law: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess119_2011-2012/bills/20.htm

 

More Info: www.sc-coalition.org

 

STOP SB 20: SC Senate Considering Draconian Immigration Law

The South Carolina Senate is currently considering a law seen as more draconian than Arizona’s recent controversial law.  Senate Bill # 20 or SB20 would require law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they have “reasonable suspicion” is unlawfully in the United States.   Currently, the law is in the Senate’s Judiciary committee but will come up for a vote in the Senate soon. 

3 Arguments against SB 20:

1.       Costly.  At a time when SC’s government has a $1.3 billion deficit, the state of South Carolina and muncipalities cannot afford the added expense of enforcing this law.

2.       Added Burden to Law Enforcement.  Besides monetary concerns, SB 20 would burden police with immigration enforcement, distracting them from stopping violent crime, etc.

3.       Promotes Racial Profiling.  Legal residents will greater face discrimination or harassment due to “looking” like an immigrant.

 

We need federal immigration reform, not repression.

CONTACT your STATE SENATOR and let them know what you think.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/html-pages/senatemembersd.html

CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON IMMIGRATION RAIDS

South Carolina’s Only Statewide Ecumenical Agency Urges Restraint

Columbia, SC – November 10 – South Carolina Christian Action Council today issues call for Moratorium on Immigration Raids in South Carolina.

South Carolina’s Only Statewide Ecumenical Agency Urges Restraint

Columbia, SC – November 10 – South Carolina Christian Action Council today issues call for Moratorium on Immigration Raids in South Carolina.

The human condition is built on justice and mercy. Justice promotes and protects the rights of all people with no stratification of privilege. Mercy acts to provide the requirements of life to those who, because of native ability or circumstance, cannot provide for themselves.

Immigrants and newcomers possess all the rights and corresponding responsibilities recognized by the Church. These do not derive from membership in a state or from immigration status, but from the inherent dignity of every person. Our understanding of scripture assures us that what confers rights is personhood—that we are created in the image of God—not citizenship.1

1.   Immigration raids are targeting workers, typically immigrants, based on racial and ethnic appearance, accent, or limited English skills. This is discrimination and violates both citizens and legally present non-citizen rights.
2.   During raids, U.S. citizen children are separated from their parents—sometimes for days. Children are stranded at day-care centers, schools, or homes of friends or relatives. The long-term impact on these children’s lives is unknown. Many times families may never be reunited.
3.   There is no readily accessible process to find a person in detention. Usually the assistance of an attorney is required.
4.   Raids reduce trust at all levels in law enforcement which results in immigrants fearful in calling police. This is especially true for domestic violence victims and immigrants who witness crimes.
5.   Immigration raids DO NOT solve the problem of undocumented immigration. Only comprehensive federal reform can do this.

Therefore, the South Carolina Christian Action Council Board of Directors calls upon:

·        The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to declare a moratorium on immigration raids in the State of South Carolina, until our nation implements a comprehensive and just reform of our immigration laws.

·        The faith communities of South Carolina to engage in educational and other activities that will inform and inspire more concern and love of all persons.

·        All persons to move beyond attitudes of fear, jealousy, distrust, and hate to restore an atmosphere of mutual concern towards all.

Adopted: SCCAC Board of Directors
November 7, 2008

About the South Carolina Christian Action Council: Living and working together as the Body of Christ, SC’s only statewide ecumenical agency, the South Carolina Christian Action Council is a partnership of 16 Denominations represented in 21 Regional Judicatories. Approximately 4,300 congregations are related to the Council with a total membership of nearly 1.1 million South Carolinians. The Council’s mission includes work for justice.