The debate about the status of immigrants in the US, and what can be done to stem the flow of new arrivals is taking new dimensions. Whereas the present administration of President Trump is imposing tighter controls, revelations that immigrants in the US are subjected to harsh treatments are quite disturbing. It is for the inhuman treatment and the sufferings that refugees are experiencing in the USA that many charities and nonprofit organizations are coming up to support the immigrants.
The immigrants, especially from the southern border with Mexico, endure a lot of hardships when they try to gain illegal entry into the US. Many of them risk their lives by crossing hostile territories to avoid being arrested. In the process of trying to gain entry, the majority of the immigrants die or disappear mysteriously. The lucky once who arrive in America are housed in camps where living conditions are not right.
As a result, Lacey Michael and Larkin Jim recently established donated the entire sum of money they obtained from a lawsuit they won against the Arizona county to help the fight for the rights of refugees. The two men are journalists, and they are the founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The money they donated will be used to aid nonprofits and charities that focus on fighting for human rights, but particularly those that advocate for the rights of the immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Facebook
The reason why they decided to set up the fund was as a result of the cruel treatment they experienced at the hands of police officers who arrested them and took them into custody in the middle of the night. They had revealed notes to media outlets about the trial of Sheriff Arpaio by a federal grand jury. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
The claimed that their arrest was a deliberate violation of their freedom and their First Amendment Rights which they had defended for such a long time.
When they obtained $3.75 million as compensation, they decided to give back part of the money to the society by establishing the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The group they founded will bring together all other groups which fight for the rights of refugees.
There are several active groups like the Frontera Fund which also have the same agenda. One such organization is the Hopi Foundation/the Owl and Panther which is active in Tuscon. It was founded by former refugees who give accommodations and free legal services to newcomers. Another group is the Phoenix Allies for Community Health.