The U.S.A. has been stepping up its efforts to deport people it terms as illegal immigrants. This has become a divisive issue in the country, and many people have stepped up their efforts to protect immigrants’ rights and welfare.
One of the groups that have been at the forefront of this fight is the New York based Freedom for Families human rights organization.
Freedom for Families
Freedom for Families was formed in 2002. It is based in New York and identifies as a multi-ethnic organization. Its members hail from different countries across different continents.
It is made up of people currently facing deportation, people who have beat the authorities, and people generally opposed to the government’s divisive move. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
This organization’s primary goal is to get the lawmakers to repeal policies that are threatening families with division through deportation. It also seeks to unite communities of colors as most of the affected immigrants belong to such. Finally, it seeks to be an authoritative and guidance voice on the subject.
Currently, Freedom for Families serves as an organizing center against deportation. It provides education and support to those facing this disastrous risk. It also campaigns directly for people affected by deportation locally and nationally.
A Growing Risk
The issue of “illegal immigrants” has taken a center-stage in the U.S.A.’s politics and society. President Donald J. Trump rose to power through the promise of ridding the country of illegal immigrants, and since he took office, the authorities have stepped up their efforts.
Today, families are forced to hide or seek refuge in churches in a bid to escape the federal agents and local organizations. Many families have already been divided after their loved ones were deported.
The most recent blow to immigrants came when the President decided to do away with the Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His decision has put over 800,000 young immigrants at risk of being deported – it has also posed a great blow to the country’s economy.
Nevertheless, many organizations have been stepping up to fund immigrants’ rights groups through financial support. For immigrants in Arizona, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has been invaluable.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a fund dedicated to supporting migrant rights associations throughout Arizona financially. It was set up by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists and co-founders of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They have been instrumental in exposing breaches of justice in Arizona – in fact, the $3.75 million that they dedicated to their fund came from a settlement that was awarded to them in compensation for their unlawful arrest for doing their work.
The duo revealed that Maricapo County Sherriff Joe Arpaio was abetting grand jury proceedings that were collecting reporters’ notes and articles covering him.
The subpoenas also sought to know the identities of people who read the New Times stories. The sheriff arrested the duo on October 18, 2007, but their appeal succeeded at the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth circuit.