Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are renowned Arizona-based journalists who have been fighting for the rights of Hispanic immigrants in the United States for many years. They own Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, which are trusted news outlets.
In the past, the journalists wrote several stories about how the then sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio, abused his power by harassing Mexican immigrants across the state. The stories made the sheriff order for their arrest in October 2007. The detention of Michael and Jim was illegal since the sheriff department did not have a valid warrant.
They filed a lawsuit against the Joe Arpaio and his deputies for violating their rights. In 2013, they were awarded a settlement fee of $3.75 million, and they used it in founding the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They have been using the charity organization to fund groups and individuals who advocate for civil, human, and immigrant rights. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
The foundation is a benefactor of the Aliento, which is an organization that was established by undocumented youths who live in Arizona. It has been using art and campaigns in improving the lives of the Hispanic community.
The group has also been striving to protect the Arizona-based immigrants who are under the DACA programs. It is committed to defending the DACA plan in Arizona and other American states.
Aliento empowers DACA-eligible individuals by addressing issues that are based on immigration, providing leadership training, healing, and pro-educational programs. It is currently planning for a retreat that will be held in two states to inform beneficiaries and activist of the DACA program about their rights.
Aliento is committed to working with DREAMers to make sure that young people are encouraged to make sure that immigrant children and their families are supported by politicians. It has also been motivating Arizona-based schools, businesses, and churches to support the dreams of the Hispanic youths.
Reyna Montoya, who is Aliento’s founder, believes that the Trump administration has been harsh to immigrants and DACA beneficiaries are no longer assured of their future in the United States.
The policies of President Trump have made more than one million DACA-eligible and undocumented youths to fights for their rights in the United States. The government may decide to close the DACA program, and therefore, many immigrants will be deported.
Arizona also has several laws that target undocumented immigrants by denying them the chance to have driving licenses and also join higher learning institutions. Because of this legislations, only 7 percent of the undocumented Mexican immigrants have joined U.S colleges and universities. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Fundación México also receives donations from the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The main offices of the organization are located in southern Arizona. Fundación México is devoted to providing private scholarships to DACA-eligible youths who excel academically.
The high tuition fee that has been set for undocumented individuals in Arizona has made it difficult for them to join higher learning institutions. These people are also blocked from being beneficiaries of public funds. Immigrants have had to set up private scholarship programs to support their children.