The issue of immigration is not a novel problem. We have been debating what to do for many years. But now, more than ever, undocumented migrants are living in fear as new laws seem to come down almost daily. This is the time that people need to stand up and take a place on the side they believe in.
Micheal Lacey and Jim Larkin who co-founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice found themselves in the center of a controversy that landed them in jail. The two were arrested late one night in their homes by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for revealing the existence of Grand Jury notes.
Lacey and Larkin were soon left to defend freedom of speech as they were pressured to reveal sources. The $3.75 million dollars they won in their civil suit has been dedicated to continuing the fight for migrant rights in Arizona.
Other groups in Arizona and around the country have also answered the call for justice. One such organization is the New Justice for Immigrants and Families is dedicated to providing free legal services to the 325,000 undocumented migrants in Arizona.
As families are held in detention centers, waiting for deportation policies to begin, they are not given any help for physical and mental conditions. The New Justice Project has talented attorneys and other professionals on the ground, offering assistance.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has been working since 1959 to protect the rights of minorities and disenfranchised. In 2007, the ALCU helped to litigate the case against Joe Arpaio and his deputies for unfairly targeting immigrants.
The ruling in that case prevented Arpaio and his office from continuing unfair immigration arrests. As the ACLU continues to fight unfair laws and practices, it needs more professionals and experts to join them. Doctors, teachers and other leaders are needed. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/michael-lacey and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
No More Deaths is a faith based organization in Arizona that aids in humaniterism issues. They provide clean drinking water and other supplies on migrant trails to assist in preserving life. Co-founder Joe Fife says that the group was started because of the heartbreaking number of migrants that have died because of unfair persecution and the need to hide.
1070 is a theater group dedicated to bringing thought provoking works to the stage. New Carpa focuses on highlighting the immigrant plight and changing perspectives from those who really don’t know what this group faces. Stories told through the eyes of “Dreamers,” help observers to gain a new insight into the life and culture of those different from themselves.
Each of these groups and brave men life Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are making a difference in the lives of this minority group. As the debate continues throughout the country, these individuals are standing by their convictions and backing them up with money and personal sacrifice.
It will take everyone to resolve the issues of immigration and the difficult questions to be answered. Compassion and education are the keys to understanding a different point of view and lifestyle.