Some human discrimination and segregation are totally and completely uncalled for. Regardless of whether you are a migrant or an immigrant, everybody deserves protection from the state. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Nonetheless, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal bill did not provide this protection. In fact, it had poorly defined clauses that could be otherwise interpreted legally and lead to ill-treatment of immigrants. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund among other non-profit based organizations radically stood against the bill.
The bill speculated that asylum seekers would be deported back to their countries even if they were war-torn. This would happen without trial or even the victims having committed no crime. Allegations of being a criminal gang member would render one to be arrested, detained and deported.
The HR3697 bill defined a gang member as one with a range of behaviors for consecutive five years and in association or club. This is an unsupported basis and therefore biased.
These human injustices would escalate as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be overly empowered to detain DACA, TPS, Asylums who escaped Central American following gang violence because they forcefully got conjoined in the gang crimes. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund in their intelligence found no reason to subject immigrants such harsh conditions.
Besides, this would not solve the underlying issue of gang crimes through unethical deportation of an immigrant with no past or present criminal wrongdoings. In the organization’s sight, the current administration is in no effort to address the real issue.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a community-based organization seeking to bring to end social injustices. It is a crusader of migrant, immigrant, human, and civil rights in Arizona up to the La Linea fronteriza border.
It has advocated for a range of issues through campaigns such as governance where it has always pushed for public participation and respect for the freedom of speech. It successfully brought down the la machine political strategies involving the military in 2014.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Lacey & Larkin Frontera fund, a migrant rights organization. The duo was writers and content contributors for the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. At the time freedom of expression had not been upheld like it is today. An article they wrote about the Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County was doomed to violate the county’s secrecy provisions.
Lacey and Larkin found themselves arrested and detained for these charges. The populace was somewhat enlightened and therefore caused an uproar demand for the duo to be released. Subsequently, they were released but with a fight back to the Sheriff using a lawsuit.
In 2007, they received $3.75 million in compensation for the arrest and detention. The duo decisively chose to establish a civic organization and this how the Frontera Fund.
It has since then pushed for biased constitutional provisions and bills; whistleblowing on the ills and fearlessly airing out issues of bad governance. It has now become the eye and voice of the Arizonans and United States as a whole.