For many here in the US, we’ve heard endless stories of the American Dream or getting the opportunity to get a “piece of the pie”. Ultimately, the story of America is the story of immigrants all coming together in a melting pot of diversity and making this country as great as it is today.
There are other stories as well though, American stories of our Great-grandparent’s parents who came from a country of tyranny and repression via state power, and made it to America for the chance of a better tomorrow.
The idea of moving to America for a better life and a future for our children, has really been at the core of America’s struggle for freedom and liberty for centuries. Many high profile Americans can also relate to these ideals for a better future. The story of rags to riches or coming from nothing seem to be a bit common place nowadays. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Even Donald Trump’s family lineage came from humble beginnings. In 1885, His grandfather set sail to America from Germany to work hard for that better life we all dream about and strive for. Although knowing this, can somewhat make his ideas and stance on immigration very confusing to say the least, and his legislation on a travel ban.. unfathomable.
The need for groups and organizations that advocate for migrant human rights have become extremely important. Most of them, Migrant workers and their immediate families, are disproportionately discriminated against.
These individuals are coming from marginalized migrant communities that have little to no access to legal services. Fortunately, there are some really good organizations out there that are still in the fight. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
Justice For Immigrants And Their Families (a pilot project from Phoenix Legal Action Network) is a group of lawyers in the Phoenix area who represent immigrants and migrant workers along with other vulnerable and exploited immigrants being treated unfairly in the Justice system. They aim to expose these human rights violations by providing pro bono legal services to them so their voices can be heard.
Another one is, The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. A group that is dedicated to helping migrant workers and their families get through what is called “removal proceedings”.. much more widely known as deportation –compliments of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project even provides mental health services to detainees who are in need of such care. But where do amazing organizations like these get their funding?
Both of these groups just so happen to be supported and funded by The Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund. These groups meet a certain criteria in that they advocate for Just and humane practices for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are detained and/or deported in states like Arizona.
Journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larken are co-founders of the Phoenix New times and Village Voice Times.
The fund aims to support organizations like these that advocate and fight for migrant rights all over Arizona. Proving to be a much needed and invaluable resource to exploited and underrepresented peoples in the migrant community, Lacey and Larkin have gone above and beyond the call of duty needless to say.