Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are generous individuals who are committed to supporting the Hispanic community in Arizona and across the United States. The two philanthropists are professional journalists and also executives of the top news magazines that are called Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
Michael and Jim have always advocated for the rights of the immigrants in Arizona, and they used to write stories about how Joe Arpaio (the former Maricopa County Sherriff) harassed them.
Arpaio did not like the articles that were written about him, and therefore, he sent his deputies to arrest the two journalists in October 2007. The detention of Lacey and Larkin violated their Fifth Amendment rights, and they decided to seek justice in court. In 2013, a verdict was made by a federal judge who ordered the Maricopa County government to pay a settlement of $3.75 million. The fortune was invested in starting an initiative that is known as the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund.
The Lacey and Larkin initiative has donated money to Aliento, which is an Arizona-based organization that was founded by undocumented youths who live in the state. Aliento uses art and campaigns to ensure that it transforms the lives of immigrants. It has focused on advocating for the rights of DACA-eligible immigrants in the United States.
The group has been supporting the DACA plan in the several states across the country. It helps individuals who are eligible for DACA by solving their immigration based problems, training them to be leaders, healing, and offering pro-educational programs. Aliento plans to host a massive two-states retreat that will create awareness on the rights of DACA program activists and beneficiaries. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time
Aliento has been encouraging politicians and Dreamers to ensure that immigrant children are protected. It has also won the support of various businesses, churches, and school to enable undocumented immigrant youth to accomplish their dreams in the United States.
Aliento’s founder and director, Reyna Montoya, believes that the policies of the Trump administration have been targeting DACA beneficiaries in the United States.
Since Donald Trump took over the power, over one million DACA-eligible persons have been struggling to defend their rights. The current government is unfriendly to them, and it may decide to shut the DACA program. This would lead to massive deportations.
Arizona has passed laws that oppress undocumented immigrants by barring them from having driving licenses and attending schools in the states. Approximately 7 percent of the undocumented youths have been admitted to learning institutions in the United States.
Fundación México is also a major beneficiary of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s charity work. The foundation is headquartered in southern Arizona, and it is committed to offering scholarships to bright immigrant students.
Many undocumented youths have failed to attend colleges and universities due to the high tuition fees that they are required to pay. The Arizona laws have also made them ineligible for any support from public funds, and therefore, they cannot access scholarships that are offered by the government.