Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Know Your Rights Video From CHIRLA

Take a look at the following video from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA):

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, et al. v. Nikki Haley

The Lowcountry Immigration Coalition is proud to be named as a plaintiff in this important lawsuit against the draconian anti-immigrant bill legislated by the state of South Carolina. This action is one step toward reversing this unconstitutional law and reaffirms the role of the federal government as responsible for immigration policy in the United States, not the States. We further believe that this lawsuit furthers the cause of justice, equality, and the protection of civil liberties of all our Hispanic citizens.

To view the complaint, click here.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

SC Immigration Legislation

The Lowcountry Immigration Coalition (LIC) will hold a public meeting on Thurs., March 10 at the Hilton Head Palmetto Electric bldg., 111 Mathews Dr., starting at 6:30 pm.  Park and enter in the rear parking lot.  Guest speaker will be Victoria Middleton, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, who will discuss the potential impact and costs of the proposed SC immigration legislation, SB 20.  LIC is a local organization seeking to educate, inform and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and the protection of civil liberties.
For further information, contact lowcountry4U@gmail.com  or 681-4010.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Immigration State Law Forum, February 25, 2011


The Lowcountry Immigration Coalition (LIC) will hold a public meeting Friday, February 25, at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, 6:30 to 8.  The guest speaker will be Susan Dunn, Staff Attorney, South Carolina, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), who will discuss the implications and costs of the proposed State immigration legislation.   LIC is a local organization seeking to educate, inform and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and the protection of civil liberties.  Please join us!


La Coalición Inmigración Lowcountry (LIC por sus siglas en inglés) llevará acabo una reunión pública el viernes 25 de febrero en la Congregación Unitaria – Universalista del Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, 6:30pm-8pm. La oradora será Susan Dunn, la abogada de Organización Americana para la Defensa de las Libertades Civiles (ACLU por sus siglas en inglés), que manifestará las implicaciones y costos del proyecto de ley estatal sobre inmigración. LIC es una organización local que busca educar, informar y  promover una reforma integral de inmigración y la protección de los derechos civiles. ¡Por favor únaselos!


LIC Weekly Update

Last week, Politico reported on the on-again off-again relationship between Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on immigration. Apparently, it’s on again, with both Schumer and Graham telling reporters and contacts that they are back at the negotiating table. Lest we get too excited, we shouldn’t forget that we’ve been down this path before.
This election cycle conservatives are intoxicated with immigrant bashing, particularly pregnant immigrant women and their children. Their tactic: change the U.S. Constitution to deny citizenship to babies born in this country to undocumented women.           

SC Immigration Bill Would Be Tough to Enforce. Read here.

By: Catherine Han Montoya
Senior Field Program Manager
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The Leadership Conference Education Fund
1629 K Street NW
, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20006
202.466.1847 - Phone

Tuesday February 8th SB20 finally was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The coalition has done a great job so far combating the bill and the lobby day was a great success but we need you all to make phone calls to Senate Judiciary Committee Members! All SC Senate Judiciary Members need to hear from us but especially republicans. 
Judiciary Com. (101 Gressette Bldg.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(803)212-6610

Ford, Robert (D) (803) 212-6124
Martin, Larry A.  (R) (803) 212-6340
Rankin, Luke A. (R) (803)212-6132
Hutto, C. Bradley (D) (803) 212-6140
Knotts, John M. "Jake", Jr.  (R) (803) 212-6350
Malloy, Gerald (D) (803)212-6148
Sheheen, Vincent A.  (D)(803) 212-6124
Campsen, George E. "Chip", III  (R) (803) 212-6016
Cleary, Raymond E., III (R) (803)212-6100
Lourie, Joel  (D) (803) 212-6116
Williams, Kent M.  (D)  (803) 212-6008
Campbell, Paul G., Jr. (R)   (803)212-6016
Massey, A. Shane (R) (803) 212-6000
Bright, Lee (R) (803) 212-6108
Coleman, Creighton B. (D)(803) 212-6180
Davis, Tom (R) (803) 212-6008
Martin, Shane R. (R)(803) 212-6100
Nicholson, Floyd (D)(803) 212-6040
Rose, Michael T. (R) (803) 212-6056
Scott, John L., Jr. (D)(803) 212-6048
Shoopman, Phillip W. (R)(803) 212-6032


Some Talking Points

·         South Carolina’s current FY2011 budget deficit is $1.3Billion and the cost of SB20 could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  We can’t afford SB20.  We need to focus on saving our education, healthcare and social service system NOT adding to the defict.

·         Such a law will not address any of the serious challenges that our state faces right now.  It won’t balance our budget, create more jobs, provide quality health care, retain or recruit professionals and workers to our state, educate our children, or protect our environment.  It will make our problems worse by diverting resources and sowing fear and division into communities that need to work together.

·         State and local jurisdictions that have attempted to take over immigration enforcement from the federal government have typically paid large legal bills in a losing effort to defend their laws.  The U.S. Department of Justice  has sued Arizona, resulting in a court ruling that blocked major parts of the law and a cost of $1 million in legal fees to defend the law—and that’s only through July 2010.  South Carolina can scarcely afford to invite costly litigation over a law that is of questionable constitutionality and could take years to settle.

1.  Start by telling the legislator or their staff that you’re calling to ask the senator to OPPOSE SB20
2.  Pick a talking point to focus on
3.  If you have time, tell a personal story
4.  End by reiterating your opposition to the SB20 and ask where the senator stands on the issue if they say they will vote no thank them. If they say they will vote yes tell them to reconsider. 
5.  Afterwords, let us know where the senator stands.

Andre Segura on Arizona-style Immigration Laws

Click here to see Andre Segura's insightful article on Arizona-style immigration laws at the The Huffington Post.  Lowcountry Immigration Coalition members recently met with the author of this piece.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mexican Consul General Speaks to The State

Carlos Flores Vizcarra, consul general of the Carolinas, recently spoke with The State regarding the current immigration situation in South Carolina.  Click here for the article.

Perceptions of the Hispanic Community

Click here for Warren Bolton's editorial in The State on current perceptions in South Carolina of Hispanics, among others.