Some of the young migrants aged below 35 years are protected by the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, program in the United States. This program is intended to assist anyone who is below the age of 35 and entered the US below the age of 16 without legal documentation to get proper work and study documents for two years.
This allows the migrants to access proper education and jobs and even access state provided facilities such as tuition funds. The program usually enables these people to renew their contracts after every two years. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Michael Larcey | Twitter
DACA is focused on empowering migrants in the United States who have the necessary requirements not to be deported. DACA provides its beneficiaries with proper paperwork, social security numbers and in some states, they are allowed to have driving licenses.
This program has stood up for the civil and human rights of thousands of migrants and has empowered the country’s economy as a whole. The economy has been improved through the school fees and taxes they pay to the schools and government. The benefits and impacts of DACA have been felt at a local and international level.
Recently, the Trump government has been threatening to permanently close down DACA. The news has been received with fear and anxiety by many of the beneficiaries. The cry of the members and beneficiaries of DACA has been heard by many organizations including the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
These organizations are joining hands so that they help in fighting for a more permanent solution, citizenship, for the DACA beneficiaries. This will ensure that the migrants are not deported from the United States if they meet the requirements of staying there.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was founded by Jim and Michael. These two are co-founders of the Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. After their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, due to reporting on proceedings of the grand jury, they were compensated 3.75 million after suing the Sheriff.
The public had a loud outcry about the arrest of Jim and Michael and before 24 hours were over they were released from their cells. The court case took a couple of years but eventually, the two had their settlement. This settlement is what was dedicated to assisting with migrant outcries and it was called the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Lacey and Larkin committed the money they got from this settlement to support organizations and movements that supported the civil and human rights of the migrants in Arizona. This is how they got involved in the DACA program, assisting them with proper documentation, funds, and procedures to fight for the rights of the migrants.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund also supports groups that advocate for the freedom of participation in civil rights and speech throughout Arizona including the border to Mexico.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has also assisted other organizations that advocate for the rights of migrants such as the Justice for Migrants & Families Project, JIF, and Justice that Works among others.