Currently, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the subject of discussion in the U.S. DACA is a program initiated to protect young immigrants who grew up in the country against deportation and give them a chance to work legally in the country.
Over 800,000 young immigrants have benefited from the program since 2012. Opponents of the plan say it denies Americans opportunities they are “entitled” to and encourages unfair competition for jobs from the immigrants.
Proponents of the program view it as a means for providing a second chance to young people to rebuild their lives in the country. Regardless of your perspective on the issue, you have to strive to uphold human, civic and immigrant rights.
Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin use their profession to encourage dialogue on issues that address rights and freedom for all. In a 2007 publication in the Phoenix New Times, the two media executives highlighted social injustices advanced towards Latino inmates by the Maricopa County Sheriff Office.
Also, Mike and Jim highlighted the dismal conditions experienced in the jails in the County and abuse of power by the then Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The publication angered the Sheriff’s and led to the detention of Jim and Mike. Nevertheless, Mike and Jim were released and filed a case against the office.
With the 3.7 million settlement payment, Jim and Mike started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund seeks to advocate for the rights of minorities in Arizona through partnerships with other organizations.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera also provides resources through publications to help minorities in Arizona understand the rights, freedoms, legal provisions, opportunities, and current issues. Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund also supports education initiatives for minorities in the Arizona.
The fund sponsors discussions on issues that affect the Mexica, Latino and other immigrants in Southwest through a free event titled“Can A Border Divide Us?”, that features a series of films, panels, and lectures. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The organization partners with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, an organization started by undocumented students, to challenge harsh laws that made education expensive and limited their access to publicly funded scholarships. Today, the Arizona Dream Act Coalition has established a name as champions of affordable education, human and immigrant rights in Arizona.
Another organization that calls for equal rights for all is the American Immigration Council. The group uses the American history of immigration to influence the attitudes and perspectives of the people towards immigration. It uses exchange programs and education to teach citizens the rich immigrant culture of America.
The organizations strive to help others acquire equal rights while educating the rest of the population the importance of treating others equally.