The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a nonprofit foundation that is revered for providing financial aid to Arizona-based organizations that defend the rights of immigrants in the state. The fund has been operational of the past one decade, and it was created by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The two are renowned journalists who have written several stories that support immigrant rights. They also own the leading news magazines in the state, which are Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media.
In October 2007, they wrote an incriminating story that exposed the proceedings of a corrupt jury that was protecting the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio by oppressing journalist who tried to write stories about his abuse of power. The sheriff and his deputies arrested them for revealing the secrets of the jury.
The New Times magazine was ordered by the grand jury to reveal the identities of Arizona residents who read negative stories about the sheriff. Arpaio harassed immigrants who lived in the county and was against any individual or organization that fought for their rights. Lacey and Larkin filed a lawsuit claiming that the illegal arrest had violated their Fifth Amendment rights. The U.S Courts of Appeal’s ruling favored them, and they were paid $3.75 million as a settlement fee. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
The duo has always been fighting for the freedom and rights of immigrants, and they invested the money in the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund. As the heads of the fund, they have been ensuring that organizations and individuals who fight for immigrant rights have sufficient resources to continue with their undertakings.
One of the United States’ top immigrant rights activists is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It has been operational since 1959 and runs its undertakings in different states. The Arizona division of ACLU has made significant accomplishments in abolishing various unconstitutional legislations that target immigrants. Its first great achievement was legalizing multi-racial marriages in 1960 by winning a petition against a law that made them illegal.
ACLU also fought for the exoneration of Ernesto Miranda who was imprisoned for rape. The judge used a statement that he had given to the authorities in making the ruling. The cased attracted national attention and led to the creation of the Miranda Warning law, which allows suspects to remain silent when arrested by the police.
The ACLU is devoted to offering better lives to immigrants who are based in Arizona by making sure that their freedoms and rights are respected. The organization won a case that led to the abolition of a law that made all immigrants ineligible for bail. It also filed a petition that ended the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation that had given the local police power to enact immigration laws.
ACLU is currently pursuing a lawsuit that aims at ending an executive order of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to stop the issuing of driving licenses to young immigrants. It is also devoted to preventing the deportation of immigrants who do not have the right work documents.
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