The Frontera Fund Is Making A Difference
The issues regarding immigration and the role of the government are more prevalent today than ever before. President Trump has brought his own agenda to Washington and as he pushes through new policies and regulations, many thousands of migrants are living in fear.
As the trend to deport more and more immigrants continues, the court systems and government offices are becoming overwhelmed and backlogged.
There are individuals and organizations that are trying to help these migrants navigate these troubling times. Two humanitarians, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are doing everything possible to bring relief to the migrants in Arizona.
The two men were brought into the national eye when they were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for not revealing sources. Lacey and Larkin co-founded The Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. These publications bravely put a spotlight on unfair practices of the Sheriff Department
Arpaio arrested the two men on October 18th, 2007 and charged them with revealing information about him and also the Grand Jury proceedings. The Grand Jury was trying to get the names of the readers of the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Lacey and Larkin appealed the decision all the way to the Supreme Court and ultimately received $3.2 million dollars.
Lacey and Larkin used this settlement money to create the “Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.” This organization supports groups and individuals who advocate for equal civil, human and migrant rights.
Lacey and Larkin have used their wealth to make a difference in the lives of the migrants in Arizona and across the United States. Among their top priorities are the protection of the freedom of speech and the right to a fair and timely trial for immigrants who are sitting in jail, year after year.
There are other groups throughout the United States that champion the causes of minorities. Organizations such as “Aliento,” which is made up of “Dreamers” or students who were brought to America by their parents and up to now have had a protected status in the country.
With the new policies from the Trump Administration, such students live in fear. Aliento provides funds and legal support to those students who are struggling to remain here.
“Justice That Works” is another grassroots organization in Arizona that focuses on the problems of the penal system there.
This group is working with residents and migrants to help eliminate the backlog of immigrants who are in the prison system, waiting for trials. Each of these groups is making a difference by standing up for what they believe in.
Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737