The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a non-profit that operates in Arizona, and its primary goal is to offer financial support to foundations that are focused on advocating for minority rights. The proprietors of the charity organization are Michael and Jim, who are veteran journalists.
They have been working together for decades and are co-owners of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times, which are among the leading magazines in the state. The two journalist were illegally arrested in October 2007 by Joe Arpaio who was the Maricopa County sheriff, for writing an incriminating story about him.
The sheriff violated the Fifth Amendment rights of Jim and Michael, and they filed lawsuits against his department. The county government offered them $3.75 million to settle the case. The commitment of the two journalists to supporting the rights of immigrants motivated them to invest the money in founding the fund.
Lacey and Larkin’s organization has been a benefactor to several groups, and one of them is the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition.
The foundation was established by immigrant youths, and it is devoted to fighting for the rights of young people who would like to seek legal employment opportunities in the United States. It has been striving to end discrimination against Latin youths and to ensure that they have an equal opportunity as the natives of the country to accomplish their dreams.
The immigrant rights group has been fighting to end the 2006 law that targets immigrants. The legislation has forced undocumented immigrants to pay extremely highly tuition fees for them to enroll at any America learning institution.
This has made it hard for them to attend even community colleges. Immigrants are also not offered public scholarships even if they are based on merit. The discrimination motivated the Latin youths to start the Arizona DREAM Act Coalition to protect their rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s Arizona division has also gained from the money that is offered by the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The ACLU of Arizona started its operations in 1959, and it strives to end unconstitutional laws that aim at oppressing immigrants. In 1960, the organization worked with legal experts to overturn a discriminatory law that aimed at illegalizing multi-cultural marriages.
It made important contributions towards the exoneration of Ernesto Miranda. Miranda’s case attracted national attention and led to the establishment of the silence warning that is currently given by the police. ACLU fought for the release of Lacey and Larkin when they were illegally detained by Joe Arpaio.
The ACLU of Arizona won a case that led to the abolition of the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation. The law had allowed local police and sheriff departments to act as immigration officers. The immigration rights organization has been on the frontline in protecting the freedom of speech of laborers.
It is also determined to end the executive order of the Arizona governor that bars immigrants from accessing driving licenses. ACLU is also striving to address pending deportation cases that face immigrants.
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