What the Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights and Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund are doing to support Immigrants

In every state across the US, there are state based groups advocate for civil, human and migrant rights. The Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights (ACMR) is a statewide coalition that brings together a community of migrants, local communities and civil, human, labor and religious groups.

The organization is at the forefront of supporting the just application of immigrant laws and policies along with the expansion of the individual and communal rights of migrants and their families. The Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights also educates the local communities on various issues that affect them such as social change and immigration reform.

Today, the Arizona Coalition for Migrant Rights is proactively working to change the socio-political landscape of immigrants entering Arizona. This is the reason; the organization has set out to achieve a number of goals targeting migrants and indigenous communities.

These include; creating a united voice and plan of action; addressing the needs of local organizations through training and capacity building and acting as a resource for advocating for the rights of indigenous voices and migrants. Members of the public who want to join the organization are free to do so as long they uphold the demanded responsibilities.

The responsibilities include agreeing to mission principles, admitting to being party to the coalition when appropriate and respecting divergent opinions and views.

Members who have joined the coalition have the right to participate in coalition committees and review materials offered by the coalition such as meeting notes, financial records and bylaws. Some of the, organization that are currently enrolled as members of the Arizona Coalition for Migrants Rights include Casillas Consulting Services, CADENA, Border Action Network and Binational Migration Network. ACMR head offices are located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was established by two journalists from Arizona, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The fund was established to support various migrant right organizations and causes within the boundaries of Arizona. The fund received a boost of $3.75 million in settlement money after Michael and Jim were unlawful arrest by Sheriff Arpaio on October 18, 2007.

Michael and Jim were arrested for disclosing the existence of grand jury proceedings that sought articles from reporters covering the Sheriff. One of the resources run by the fund is a website that highlights emerging news on the immigration matters and civil rights across the US. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

An article posted on June 13 2017 informs readers that immigration cases are being reopened by the Trump administration and offer a bucket list of things to do. According to the author, the President Trump is fighting hard to overturn Obama era policies that prevented the deportation non-felon migrants. Read more: Phoenix New Time

Following his decree, a total of 1,300 cases concerning immigration have been reopened by federal prosecutors between March 1 and May 31. Immigrants who previously had their deportation cases deferred or closed are therefore requested to update their address, engage the services of immigrant attorneys and avoid missing court cases when called upon to do so.

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