Following the election of Donald J. Trump as the President of the United States, there is a concern among rights groups, and fear among the migrants about their future in the U.S. During his campaigns, President Trump insisted that all migrants without proper documentation would be taken back to their native countries. He was concerned about the security of the U.S., and he still believes immigrants are in one way or another involved in the insecurity in the country.
For this reason, several human, civil and migrant organizations have come out to defend the plight of migrants. These communities are living in fear they might lose their hard-earned incomes in case the President’s decision is implemented. However, various rights groups have come out to ensure the law is followed and no migrant is victimized on false accusations.
The organizations also arrange legal and other humanitarian assistance to under-privileged communities. In fact, they act as a bridge between various levels of authorities and the immigrants. These groups are mainly concerned about the perception of the local communities towards the migrants. They want situations where locals can embrace the migrants, and stop viewing them as a threat to their security.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are journalists based in Arizona. They co-founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. In 2007, they were arrested in the middle of the night under the instructions of Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, and detained without trial.
The sheriff accused them of exposing gross mismanagement at his office. However, Michael and Jim were released less than 24 hours after being jailed. There was a national demand from civil rights groups for the two journalists to be set free.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
After their release, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey filed a legal suit against the Maricopa County Sheriff for their illegal detention. After several years of court battle, the court of appeal ruled in favor of Jim and Michael and ordered the county to pay $3.75 as settlement.
Because of their desire to help migrants in the state of Arizona, they used the amount paid as settlement to create Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to advance this worthy cause.
This fund is used to support groups championing for human, migrant and civil rights of individuals in Arizona. Jim and Michael have expressed their need to see all immigrants accepted by local communities and authority.
Migrant Rights International (MRI)
This organization was created to advance the rights of immigrants on a global platform. The organization collaborates with authorities to ensure these communities enjoy peace and unity in places where they live.
In addition, MRI partners with NGOs advocating the rights of migrant communities around the world. MRI also helps other rights organizations to collaborate with each other in order to advance their common goals.
Communities living as refugees are provided with humanitarian support to meet their basic needs by these organizations. They ensure that less privileged communities have benefited and accessed services like education, health and security from relevant authorities.
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