Arizona has a high number of undocumented immigrants whose rights have often been violated. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund’s mission is to support programs that aim at protecting the immigrants who are mostly of Hispanic origin. The organization’s name was derived from the second names of its founders, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
They are both journalists and have dedicated themselves to protecting Arizona-based immigrants. The two got the funds to establish the charity from a settlement that they were awarded after their First Amendment rights were violated by Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of the Maricopa County. A federal judge ordered the Maricopa County to pay the two individuals $3.75 million in 2013.
The money that Lacey and Larkin give has been supporting several organizations in Arizona. An example is Aliento, which is an activist group that was established by Arizona-based undocumented youths. The primary aim of the body is to use advocacy and art in healing communities. It has hosted several events that that show the human and loving nature of immigrants who have been branded criminals by natives.
The primary methods that the group utilizes in conveying its message include workshops, art creation, education, and the training leaders. It is determined the change the image of immigrants in the United States.
About one million undocumented individuals who are based in the United States are likely to be deported since the Trump administration has abolished DACA. Many dreamers have had difficulties accessing education and driving licenses.
For the past couple of years, the activist group has been striving to make sure that all DACA beneficiaries who live in Arizona are safe. It also conducted campaigns to protect the DAC program before President Trump eliminated it. Aliento has to date empowered several undocumented youths through the programs that it organizes. It has also been appealing to institutions such as schools, churches, and businesses to be supportive of all immigrants.
The organization has gained thousands of followers and has been striving to bring mass incarceration of immigrants to an end. It has organized several protests to complain about the deportation of immigrant, infringing of immigrant laws, and illegal detentions.
The organization believes that prisons, the police, and surveillance systems show the current level of immorality in a society that believes some people are disposable. The government’s policies against immigrants undermine their dignity and safety.
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