Co-founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, also the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, were arrested and taken to jail from their homes on the night of October 18, 2007. It was this event that sparked the beginning of the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, a fund that was created from a suing of the state and a settlement founded in the pair’s favor in the amount of a $3.75 million settlement.
What is the Frontera Fund, you may ask? The fund fuels organizations that support human, civil, and migrant rights, primarily for those in the state of Arizona. They have funded many organizations since the fund was originally formed and the name lends itself from the words “la línea fronteriza” which means the Mexican Border.
Some of the organizations that Larkin & Lacey fund are related to causes outside of immigration rights, though they are usually at least somewhat related. A few such organizations include Trans Queer Pueblo, Arizona Justice Project, and SySTEM Phoenix – College X Trips, which deal in part with those who may be immigrants but who may also be dealing with other injustices such as discrimination against sexual orientation or for support of underprivileged children of no one particular ethnic group.
The Larkin & Lacey site is full of articles and news detailing the biggest and most recent stories in the news in relation to immigrant and human rights. The DACA, or DREAMers in Arizona, is an active youth-led immigrant group who fight for the rights of immigrant youths who wish to procure legal work in the U.S. so that they may improve their personal quality of life and seek levels of higher education opportunities.
Recently, on July, 4th of this month, the group gathered together at the Arizona State Capital and protested the efforts of the Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the DACA Program be terminated in the state of Arizona.
Paxton has been publicly condemned by the group for the cruel letter, as well as those officials who signed off on it in agreement to ending the program.
The DACA program has been successful in aiding migrant youths in not only improving their positions in life but in also providing services to Americans across the states and very much so in the state of Arizona.
What’s most horrific about this letter being sent by someone of Paxton’s position is that it’s been sent in light of Trump’s administration giving the okay for turning down the proposed DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents Program) and for the proposed extension of the DACA Program into states besides Arizona.
The proposal for the DACA Program and the extension of the DACA Program did not get very far in passing with those officials in charge of the decision, due to numerous lawsuits related to the proposal and the fact that the Supreme Court tied in their decision to implement the new program.
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