The subject of Immigration has always been a touchy one in the United States and has over the years been the bone of contention in many disputes. However, the apparent intolerance to immigrants seems to be speaking to new heights under the Trump administration especially with all of its protectionist policies.
As such, there is a pressing need for civil and human rights organizations fighting for the rights of immigrants in the US to pull up their socks and start investing more effort in their activities. Two such groups that have taken up the challenge to defend the rights of immigrants in the country are the American Immigration Council and Foundacion Mexico. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida and Jim Larkin | Facebook
The American Immigration Council is a non-profit organization that is based in Washington D.C and which is committed to improving the American view of immigration matters through the lens of immigration history. It conducts educational exchange programs with international students and tries to educate the citizens on the past of immigrants as well as how the immigrants presently contribute to and enrich the American culture and way of life.
The organizations work in close collaboration with its legislative sister, the American Immigration Lawyers Association to provide technical legal assistance to immigrants who cannot the same while at the same time engaging with the government to come up with policies that encourage justice and humane treatment of all immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a
Foundacion Mexico is another organization based out of Arizona whose work involves helping high achieving student immigrants of Mexican heritage to get through college. It arranges college scholarships for those students who came to America without the right papers but who have demonstrated competence and ability in their academic pursuits.
The laws in Arizona do not entitle immigrant students to the same comforts as citizens, and they are usually required to pay higher out of tuition fees that most immigrant families cannot afford.
Michael Lacey and James Larkin are two prominent American journalists on the forefront in the fight for immigrants all over the country. After receiving a $3.75 million payout as a settlement in a wrongful arrest and detention case, the two decided to dedicate their payment to the struggles that immigrants have to go through on a daily basis.
After receiving the settlement, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey decided to donate the entire amount to a cause they have always been passionate about. They set up the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and have been using the fund to financially support the activities of different organizations that work with migrant populations throughout the country.
Since its establishment, the fund has helped more than 20 non-governmental organizations including the American Immigration Council and the Foundacion Mexico. The Arizona Justice Project and Justice That Works are two of the other organizations that have benefited from support from the fund.