When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin founded the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in 2013 there was very limited activity with regards to immigration reform.
However, since that time there has been an increased effort within the government as well as the Trump Administration to change laws and revise any accomplishments by the previous administration.
Most recently, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was ordered to end throughout the country.
The program has provided the opportunity for more than 800,000 young people, who initially arrive to the United States as children, to be able live and work without any adverse consequences.
The actions taken by the Trump Administration is seen by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as an attempt exclude some of America’s greatest assets and most promising potential which is in our youth.
The Lacey and Larkin Fund has been providing a clear understanding to those families to navigate through the process by preparing resources and materials for immigrants to use and learn more about their rights.
Through the efforts of the fund, there has been a great emphasis on bringing communities together in order to stand united with an empowering voice and support. Learn more about Lacey and Larkin: https://about.me/michael-lacey and https://michael-lacey.com/press/
The fund is able to reach countless of individuals who need resource information in order to protect their civil and human rights. As of 2015, there were an estimated 914,000 immigrants in the state of Arizona and over 48,000 are children.
The ACLU affiliate in Arizona received support by the Lacey and Larkin Fund during a previous government action that was considered as unlawful. The ACLU won a federal case involving Arizona immigrants who were receiving denied bail under SB 1070 otherwise known as the “papers please” bill.
In its efforts, through nonpartisan representation, the ACLU has been able to successful litigate hundreds of cases on behalf of citizens who rights have been violated under the U.S. Constitution which the organization views as the basis for all decisions to represent an issue.
However, the ACLU also sees the recent revisions of the DACA program as another action taken by Trump that appears to support another agenda such as in the pardoning of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Michael and Jim founded the Lacey and Larkin Fund after a settled U.S. Supreme Court case that violated their first amendment rights which was the result of taking a stand against the abuse of power of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.