Larkin & Lacey

You may think that only people who are in the minority have civil rights that should be defended. This is not the case. It may be surprising to you, but even demographics that exist in large numbers, or are the majority, need protection. A good example of this is laborers. Nearly everyone is a laborer.

However, that does not mean that laborers don’t suffer from human rights abuses. Laborers started unions to work together and to have a political voice. From these unions came labor organizations that weren’t just unions themselves, but consisted of a variety of different unions working together.

Two great example of this were the Congress of Industrial Organization and the American Federation of Labor. These two organizations opposed each other, though they eventually melted into one organization—the AFL-CIO. In the 2000s, due to internal discourse some unions left the AFL-CIO and started their own rival organization—Change To Win. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Unions, more or less, do a pretty good job to protect the rights of their members. Many provide health insurance, career guidance for the children of members, income in times of unemployment and guide members toward employment. The unions set humane hours and rates that employers are supposed to follow.

The American Southwest is flooded with an enormous Hispanic population. Much of this population consists of immigrants, and many of those immigrants are undocumented. Sheriff Arpaio, a local politician in Maricopa county, was wrongfully racially profiling and roughly handling people who he thought were “undocumented.” Two writers, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, wrote about this in a publication.

As a result, they had their houses broken into by law enforcement, and they were forced into separate jails. After the incident, the two men pursued this wrongdoing in court.

Because they were in the right and Maricopa County was in the wrong, they gladly received a huge settlement. Instead of living the high life and throwing their money away on ludicrous, frivolous stuff, they invested in the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has a deep zeal for promoting the existence of DACA. They are outraged about the recent decision to stop and restrict DACA. Their cause is provide as much help as possible to immigrants in every way, shape and form–from giving rations to those who are making the trek over the border to those who are living here and are in need of education.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

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Larkin & Lacey of Frontera Fund Say Deportations Will Hurt Local/State Revenue

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, founder of Arizona-based civil and human rights organization, the Frontera Fund say albeit a small group, some Republican congressman are asking President Trump to protect young undocumented beneficiaries of the Deferred Action Program, known as “dreamers”.

Several representatives, Dan Donovan (New York), Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida), Jeff Denham and David Valadao (California) and Don Bacon (Nebraska) sent a letter last week telling the president that keeping DACA immigrants is “in the best interests of the nation.”

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin point out that all the funds that are spent on President Trump’s endeavor of mass deportations could be better spent on real criminals.

The congressman said that young children are brought to the United States at an early age and have no choice in the matter.

They are not attempting to violate the law voluntarily, and these cases require careful analysis and the administration should be careful about what is best for the interests of the country.

Congressmen noted in the letter that “dreamers” are studying at American universities, have work permits, they pay taxes, and that many are buying their first cars and homes. All of this generates revenue for our local, state and federal governments.

Larkin and Lacey point out that local, state, and federal governments could lose millions in tax revenue from mass deportations.

Although President Trump is considering dreamers, the administration has pointed out how citizens voted in the last election and how they are depending on Trump to keep his promises.

The Fear and Anxiety

Larkin and Lacey say this tough immigration policy spearheaded by President Trump is causing anxiety, not only to the parents but to the children of immigrants. They fear the threat of separation and this translates into everyday stress.

The government has a disregard for the emotional toil deportation and separation of family members has on society. The situation is exacerbated by barriers that many immigrants have to access adequate medical care and healthy eating.

Larkin and Lacey say the byproducts of these deportations are tremendous, and have many long-term consequences. The fear causes the poor to shy away from medical care, and many drop out of high school, and then there is poverty.

The number of illegal immigrants enrolled in public assistance is low for fear of having to interact with public institutions.

The agenda of mass deportation of immigrants will have a lasting impact on future students, the workforce and leaders, as well as embracing a diverse community.

Since 2014, the Frontera Fund, a human and civil rights organization, has advocated for the less fortunate, that including immigrants and migrant workers. Based in Arizona, founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have campaigned for immigrant rights.

Joining other grassroots organizations, the Frontera Fund carries out their mission of building upon voices through mass campaigning to realize change.

After realizing their own civil rights had been violated by then Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used proceeds from a multi-million dollar legal settlement to establish the Frontera Fund.