Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund; Coming To The Aid Of Defranchised Immigrants
Immigrants who reside in Arizona have suffered discrimination for a long time. For decades, the rights of over 325,00 immigrants have been violated. 2013, however, saw the establishment of the Larkin and Lacey charity. A foundation focused on providing funds to activist groups fighting for the rights of immigrants.
The founders of this fund Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had a hard time as journalists. They had to fight Joe Arpaio, the corrupt sheriff of Maricopa County. They were against the sheriff’s utter disregard for immigrant rights. This led to them being arrested under the sheriff’s order.
The arrest was rendered wrongful because it was done using invalid subpoenas. The subpoenas demanded that the two journalists give the names of the editors and writers of the publication. However, upon registering a suit against the county of Maricopa for the violations of their journalistic rights, the two won the legal battle and were compensated with an amount of $3.75 million. The money was invested in the establishment of the Larkin and Lacey charity.
Aliento is a non-profit institution whose establishment was spearheaded by undocumented Hispanic youth to help the community through art and advocacy. This group is a beneficiary of the Lacey and Larkin fund.
Aliento uses creative ways to show that immigrants in the US are also human. It does so by showing how the immigrants have suffered, some criminalized and or even deported. The organization works to bring a change in how immigrants are perceived. It does so through creative artistry, intuitive education drives and the nurturing of future leaders.
Since the presidency of Donald Trump, over a million undocumented immigrants and beneficiaries of DACA are living their lives in fear of deportation. The DACA program was abolished, and this means the deportation of many immigrants.
Many immigrants have managed to get an education in the US and some even hold drivers licenses. Presently a minimal 7 percent of youths from the category of Hispanic immigrants have managed to bag a chance of accessing higher education.
Aliento has been giving support to ensure the welfare of individuals who are DACA beneficiaries in Arizona. Before abolishment by President Trump, they worked hard to sustain the DACA program. Its main aim is to see to the empowerment of undocumented immigrants through pro educational activities, fostering resilience and healing among other things.
They also make sure to address matters surrounding deportation. The organizations have plans to conduct seminars in two states where it raises awareness to those who benefit from the DACA program and those who advocate for it.
The forums shall help the immigrants to realize their rights and also to urge support for churches and schools in those states. Reyna Montoya, who is the founder of Aliento, believes that immigrants cannot be safe under a Trump presidency.
Justice That Works is also a beneficiary of the Frontera Fund. The organization works locally to ensure a halt in the mass incarceration going on in Arizona. The charity has been vocal against the violation of the rights of immigrants, their detentions and deportations all under the pretense of enhancing security in the region.
The organizations through the surveillance of police and prison systems have shown how corrupt the society is and how they think they can willfully do away with people. According to the organization, the government’s approach disregards equity, dignity and even safety since its encouraging violence and poor treatment of minority communities.