Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund- Supporting Rights Groups in Arizona
Issues about migrants have been a thorn in the flesh for many countries in the world especially the United States and some European countries.
The number of migrants who are moving into these countries in such of employment opportunities is at an all-time high. In the United States the issue of migrant took center stage in the recent U.S. elections with the new president Donald Trump calling for strict measures to deal with migrants into the United States, more so those from Mexico.
Trump went ahead to propose that a wall built to stop these immigrants, who in most cases are Mexico workers looking for employment opportunities. European countries such as Spain are also facing hard times dealing with immigrants mostly from the North Africa region. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
In the process of migration, there are a lot of incidents which are recorded. Some tragic others inhumane. Barely a year passes without hearing of cases of migrants who have capsized in a certain sea while trying to cross into Europe.
These are tragic situations that happen to migrants. The migrants’ situation in the world today is a horrible situation that needs to be addressed. In some other cases, migrants are running away from war-torn areas, where basic needs and rights are suppressed in an unfathomable way.
Away from the tragic incidences, they go through, there is another elephant in the room that need to be addressed.
This is the violation of human and civil rights of migrants. Migrants are usually a community under siege since they are exposed to all manner of discrimination since they not lawfully recognized as citizens of the country they are residing in. various immoral people try to take this advantage and subject them to unfavorable conditions. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
There are numerous cases of business people who take the rights of undocumented workers lightly. They subject them to ungodly working conditions since they know they are a people on the run and would not like to be exposed. However, this is wrong and deserves to be condemned.
The case of immigrants goes further to affect people like refugees and asylum seekers, mostly those running from dictatorial regimes or displaced people in war zones. These people usually face big problems and there normally cases of gross violations of their rights.
To help address their problems, there are rights groups that have dedicated their time and resources to ensure that none of these people are tortured or his or her basic rights denied simply because one is an immigrant.
In Arizona, there is one such group that is dedicated to in ensuring that every immigrant is treated with respect and the rights that he or she holds are not violated. This organization is known as Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was established by two journalists from Arizona; Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. This fund was started at the value of $3.75 million which was a settlement amount that the two journalists were paid by the state for gross violation of their rights.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin through this Fund decided to use it in support of rights groups that always stands up for injustices in the world today.
Michael Lacey together with Jim Larkin they are the co-founder of Phoenix New Times. After the arrest, they got from Joe Arpaio that’s where they received the settlement money. The settlement money that they got they used it towards the funding of the organization Frontera Fund that would be used in catering for migrant’s rights organizations in Arizona. The arrest happened on October 18, 2017, and the settlement money they got was $ 3.75 million. They both work as journals, and that was the reason for their arrest because of a story that they wrote. In the middle of the night that’s when they were arrested by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa Country. The arrest happened after the grand jury proceeding was to occur so that to seek the notes that they had written about the sheriff. Their entire life they have spent it in asserting and defending the first amendment rights on how they applied to them.
The Frontera Fund that was founded by Lacey and Larkin is there so that it will be able to help those groups that will advocate the civil and human rights. Also, it gives its full support to the migrant’s rights as they raise awareness about the freedom of speech. In Arizona, it will promote the citizen participation, and the Mexican border is included in the promotion. They claim that the number of illegal immigrants that were crossing from U.S-Mexico border has dropped by nearly 40%. The people that support Trump are happy about this as they are giving it credit as the hardline stance that the president of immigration has taken an interest. With the Frontera Fund Lacey and Larkin want everyone to feel that they are equal that’s why they know that they still have a lot of work to do.