Freedom of speech and participation is protected in the first amendment of the US Constitution. As such, advocacy of rights should be protected and not frustrated. All migrants should be accorded civil rights and firms such as Lacey and Larkin Frontera has come up bravely to support this cause.
It advocates for civil, migrant and human rights as well as freedom of civic participation and speech throughout the region of Arizona including the Mexican border famously known as “la línea fronteriza”.
Founded by intellectually provocative journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund donates to 22 civil rights foundations and largely focuses on the Hispanic community-based in the Phoenix region.
The fund was founded through a settlement amounting to $ 3.75 million from a case in which they petitioned against Sheriff Arpaio who was arrested on 18th October 2007.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund works closely with other organizations such as Aliento, an immigrant focused organization and “Angeles de Frontera” also known as Border Angels.
Aliento has set out to help both the documented and undocumented migrants facing unwarranted immigrations control official’s harassment. The group trains and equips migrants living within the Arizona region in businesses, schools and the community in totality.
Aliento uses various forms of arts and advocacy to heal the communities. It has been ingenious in coming up with venues which allow immigrants to attain free legal advice on refugee rights as well as information on emerging DACA issues.
Border Angels in similarity to Lacey and Larkin fund is also a charitable non-profit organization which focuses mainly on immigration reforms, migrant rights, and prevention of immigrant deaths along the US-Mexico border. Founded in 1986 by Enrique Morone, migrants rights are well protected and civil rights are consistently being looked into.
Border Angels just like Aliento engages itself in various community education and awareness programs. This is done through taking guided trips along the migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and get firsthand experience on the border fence.
Border Angels work tirelessly to dispel the various myths surrounding immigration issues in the United States and to bring back the values of truth and justice.
Through its various migrant outreach programs that teach the migrants and free legal assistance program held in their offices every Tuesday of the week, it aims to touch on the existing San Diego County’s immigrant population. People come out more knowledgeable and aware of their rights and freedoms than before. Read more: Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Mobilizing support from the grassroots is one of the cornerstone processes of building a robust civil and political movement. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has embarked on active campaigns to recruit new volunteer lawyers, doctors and other professionals needed in times of immigration disasters.
The Fight for the rights of immigrant and lobbying for the DREAM Act, currently being debated, continues so as to promote the legalization of undocumented illegal immigrants in all countries and keep their dreams alive.
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