Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s Raising Awareness of Immigration Issues

Immigration has without a doubt been a hot topic in recent years. With legal and human rights matters at the forefront, the issue has become rather heated and political. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

Some groups are stating that immigrants have rights regardless of their status, while others dispute that they have any place or value in our society. Whatever the position, there’s certainly a counterpoint.

Groups that are working to protect immigrants rights are fighting harder than ever before. Groups opposing immigration including the government are spending excessive amounts of money to “fix” the problem. According to the ACLU, the US spends 1.84 billion annually in detaining immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

The group also states that 83 percent of immigrants are deported without receiving a hearing before a judge.It’s also commonly known fact that judges will threaten to deport immigrants found guilty of a crime. These strong-arm tactics have become more common and are even considered acceptable by many

The ACLU, commonly seen as a rather “leftist” organization even by their (typically) liberal members and supporters, has been fighting for the affected for years and counting. Simply titled the “ACLU Immigrants Rights Project,” seeks to defend immigrants against injustices. Among the issues being addressed are discrimination, segregation, and the nationalistic measures of their opposition. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/jim-larkin/

Common issues involving states’ rights and unconstitutional measures appear at the forefront of the matters being contested. Primarily, the ACLU petitions government and fights legal matter regarding immigration.

A group supporting the ACLU is the Fontera Fund. This group was formed as a result of the unlawful detaining of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. These men are the founders of the New Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. The two were removed from their property in order for the police to search for notes that give information about the notorious Maricopa County, (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Araipo.

The matter was taken to court in on the grounds that the two had their first amendment rights violated. The case eventually escalated all the way to the Ninth District Court of the United States.

The Fontera Fund supports protecting the constitutional and civil rights of those affected negatively by immigration enforcement abuse. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded a settlement of 3.75 million from their lawsuit and use this money to fund their efforts. Some of these efforts include protecting rights at the border and political blogging to raise social awareness and gain support.

The group has published many articles and partnered with many organizations to spread the message beyond Arizona. The group also runs campaigns via social media. The group has made a rather large imprint and continues to fight for immigrants tirelessly. Supporters help to spread their works even further.