The United States is a nation of migrants and immigrants. The country was founded on the understanding that freedoms are afforded to those who seek the homeland as refuge from a foreign land with honorable intentions, hope, and a desire to participate in a culture that is productive within society.
The government has declared several changes to the contrary and left many within the immigrant community without a clear path to become citizens and some who have already come to the country, which is speculated as improperly, are left with little hope.
In order to strengthen the migrant and immigrant community to fight against the government that is supposed to protect them, organizations such as the National Network for Immigrant and Refugees Rights (NNIRR), and the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund are formed.
Both organizations are part of a large network of advocacy groups who exercise their power to recognize government entities that infringe upon the rights of individuals who are otherwise law abiding within society.
The NNIRR is a defender of all immigrants and refugees regardless of their status on being within the country and the organization uses all available laws, policies and procedures to protect those individuals’ rights. Established more than 30 years ago the NNIRR has worked tirelessly to bring fair and equal immigration programs and policies to the forefront to strengthen the country of immigrants.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is making sure that Arizonians as well as those all across the nation are well-informed of their rights as immigrants and migrants.
The organization supports many local and national organizations through activism as well as disbursing information related to causes, call-to-actions and ongoing government changes involving immigration and migrant rights.
The fund was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Michael was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey and later attended the Arizona State University. He became an editor for the News Times, a local newspaper within Phoenix, Arizona. While at the News Times, he began working with Jim Larkin who is an Arizonian native.
The two teamed up to create a popular editorial news publication throughout the Phoenix area and soon became too popular for one of their readers- Arizona Sheriff Joe Apaio. The results of the violation of their First Amendments rights as journalist provided the team with a $3.75 million settlement that was used to create the Lacey and Larkin Fund.
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