The debate concerning immigration and how the government is going to handle it is an important issue today. President Trump has mandated new policies regarding detainees and Dreamers.
As he proposes new changes, many immigrants are living each day in fear. As the urgency to deport more vulnerable people each day, the court systems are becoming taxed and falling behind court dates and trials.
There are organizations and individual citizens who are trying to help these migrants deal with this backlash. Two activists, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have used their money and careers to bring hope to those in Arizona. These two were placed into the national press when they were unlawfully arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Lacey and Larkin who created the publications, The Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media, did not give in to Arpaio and his henchmen. Their media groups insisted on placing a spotlight on unfair habits of the Sheriff Department
Arpaio arrested the two men on October 18th, 2007 and charged them with interfering with an investigation. There was also a grand jury that sought to get the sources for Lacey and Larkin’s stories.
This Grand Jury was also demanding the names of the readers of the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice. Lacey and Lark took their fight of the charges all the way to the Supreme Court and was ultimately awarded $3.2 million dollars.
Lacey and Larkin donated this settlement money into the creation of“Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.” This organization advocates for civil, human and immigrant rights. Lacey and Larkin used their wealth to help with the lives of the migrants in Arizona. Among their most important goals is the sanctity of the freedom of speech and a right to a timely trial.
There are other groups throughout the country that work for the assistance of minorities. Groups such as “Aliento,” which consists of “DACA” or students who have had a sanctioned status as students. As the new mandates from the Trump Administration are put into play, such students live with trepidation. Aliento provides resources and legal aid to these young students who are striving to remain here.
“Justice That Works” is another grassroots group in Arizona that puts the spotlight the problems of the justice system.
This organization works with minorities to lessen the build-up of immigrants who are in the prisons, awaiting trials. Each of these organizations is making a difference by using their resources and time to help others.
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