The migrants are not just their immigration status. Politicians now are discussing those who can legally go through the border. As they do this, the immigrants are wondering; if they will be underpaid again, if their children will be safe when they are deported, if they can safely call 911 in the case of an emergency, and if the color of their skin will affect the chances they have in court.
The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Projects is an organization that is working towards fighting for the rights of these immigrants. They use public outreach and advocacy so that they protect the civil rights and the civil liberties of the immigrants. They focus on those challenging laws that do not allow the immigrants to have access to the judicial system.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are owners of a major newspaper in Phoenix known as New Times and Village Voice Media. These two journalists were arrested in October 2007 from their own homes in the middle of the night. Sheriff Joe Arpaio made the arrest. They were arrested because they published an article that revealed that there was a grand jury that demanded some notes that covered the sheriff. That was not the end of it.
They further went to demand for the names of those citizens who read the New Times story online. They specifically wanted the names of those who had read the articles concerning the sheriff. These two journalists had always worked to defend their first amendment rights.
The charges that were against them were dropped by the attorney of the county, Andrew Thomas. They sued the county for this abuse of power. Maricopa County handled the case, and they got a settlement of 3.75 million dollars. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
These journalists then decided to use the money they got to begin the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund. The fund aims at supporting the civil, human and migrants’ rights. They also aim at fighting for the freedom of speech and the participation of civic in the whole of Arizona. The foundation has been a benefit to the Hispanic community in Arizona. The community has been a target for the unfair and racial animus and the abuses of the civil rights.
There is one other organization that has a close relation to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The organization is the Border Angels also known as Angeles de Frontera. Enrique Morones founded this foundation in the year 1986. It is a non-profit organization that is found in San Diego.
Similar to the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, it has its primary focus on the rights of the migrants. Larkin and Lacey also deal with the immigration reforms and preventing the deaths of the migrants along the borders.
The program also deals with the community education and awareness programs. These programs involve guided trips to the deserts. They then place water along the crossing routes for migrants.
They also go to the borders to learn the US-Mexico history and deal with the boundary fence first hand. It also deals with the immigrant population in San Diego County. It uses some outreach and free legal assistance program that is in their offices every Tuesday.
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