The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has a large quantity of resource information that has been an effective tool within the immigrant community. With a community of undocumented immigrants in Arizona that is estimated at 325,000, and potentially 11 million nationwide, there is a great demand and need for them to be educated about the changes with policies, laws and government programs.
The fund brings well-researched and reliable information to those individuals as well as migrant workers and generations of documented immigrants.
When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin established the Fund with a $3.75 million settlement, it was to bring awareness about issues relating to the Arizona community that were more localized.
Although, there was still a need for resource materials related to national immigration issues, they were not as prevalent as they are today. After the fund was created in 2013, there have been many issues that were never expected within the country as they are today.
One of those issues is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Although previously protected under the Obama Administration, DACA has been proposed to end by President Trump. DACA is now one of the most talked about immigration issues facing Arizona and the entire nation. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization for undocumented individuals. It’s important for the organization to instill a certain amount of empowerment for the youth and create hope.
Discrimination is a huge problem with the immigrant issue, and often times, the youth are left without any way of fighting back against it.
United We Dream is about helping young people find their voice and transforming any possible fears about deportation, or loss of citizen rights, into action. The organization is publicly-funded through donations that are received through membership and one-time donors.
There are youth-led community events done through organized campaigns which are assembled at the local, state and federal level. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Many of the youth are able to tap into their leadership skills as a result of knowing the impact they have on their community. United We Dream allows the youth the opportunity to develop a sense of ownership within the immigrant community that creates a pathway for empowerment and change.
Finding a solution with the DACA issue will require persistence and ultimately a change of direction within the Trump Administration and Congress. In the meantime, there are watchful eyes among groups that are prepared for action.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Form The Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were inspired by the abuse of their own rights to reach out to the Hispanic community in Arizona. Their lives were forever changed on October 18, 2007, when they were arrested in their homes by Arizona’s ruthless Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was known nationwide for being “America’s toughest sheriff“. His pursuit of innocent citizens in the Hispanic community was documented and exposed by journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Therefore, Arpaio arrested them and threw them in jail. Due to public outcry over Larkin and Lacey’s constitutional rights being violated, they were released the very next day.
But they did not let this stop them from continuing to write about the truth and continuing to expose Arpaio for his crimes.
In fact, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin went on to found the The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund to advocate for the rights of migrant workers and the right to free speech. They are based out of the Phoenix, Arizona area and describe themselves as bi-lingual and bi-cultural. They believe in the rights of immigrants and do what they can to help the Hispanic community in Arizona. They also describe themselves as defenders of freedom of expression and as actively encouraging civic participation.