There exist many organizations that engage in fighting for the common cause of civil, human and immigrant rights. They use the international human rights standards in their fights. The main agenda is to uphold a civil society and ensure the rule of law prevails.
Despite clearly established principles, it is evident that discriminations and abuse towards immigrants are still in practice. The United States of America has continued to come up with policies that are against the rights of immigrants and migrants.
Federal governments have also developed measures that have led to a rise in racial profiling and border killings. Immigrants have been exploited, abused, and have become victims of racism and used as escape goats.
The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin faced arrest after writing a story about Sheriff Joe Arpiao. The arrest was made on the night of 18th October 2007 while in their homes. The story had revealed about jury proceedings that were after reporters’ notes on articles that implicated the Sherriff. Larkin and Lacey sued the county and a grand of $3.75 million awarded.
The two journalist used the settlement to set up Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This fund is intended to help finance migrant rights organization in the whole of Arizona.
Money from Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund aims at supporting advocates for civil, human and migrant rights. The funds also cater for freedom of speech and public participation. The funding not only cares immigrants in Arizona but also stretches to those in the Mexican border
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHRLA).
This organization came into existence after the immigration act of 1986, which made it clear for employers not to employ undocumented immigrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Facebook and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
CHRLA aimed at making it possible for the society to include everyone more so immigrants. The act created as a loophole that allowed employers to take advantage of and abuse workers.
The primary objective of CHRLA is to promote a harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations through coalition building, advocacy, community education and organizing immigrants and their allies to build a more just society. Other objectives of CHRLA are:
- Provide any needed legal assistance to its members at a lower price that is affordable.
It has worked through the years to give citizenship to its members through the legal department. With this help, families could reunite.
- Provide needed information to its members.
CHRLA believes information is vital for self-liberation and achievement of goals. The organization’s Community Education Department has a task of educating immigrants their civic and human rights.
- Press for immigration policy adjustment in all levels of the government.
Holding talks with the governments makes this possible. These reforms target mainly the protection of both civil and human rights of the immigrants.
- Formulate policies and regulations that focus on protecting immigrants’ rights. CHRLA makes proposals to the government and other policymakers on the best way to handle immigrants. The organization comes up with proper regulations that are better than the ones in place.
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