A Review Of Key Migrant Rights Groups In The United States

Since the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, threats to human, civil, and migrant rights have drastically increased in America. This situation heightened during the first few weeks of his presidency when he signed an executive order banning the entry of individuals from a number of Middle East country’s from entering the US. The order targeted immigrants from the Muslim community.

The implementation of the executive order led to the arrest, detention, and mistreatment of thousands of travelers. These individuals were detained at different United States’ airports for many days even after the courts had declared that the order was illegal.

The plight of these refugees saw many immigrant rights group step in to offer fair treatment and allowed entry into the country. Different human rights groups were involved in providing legal assistance, accommodation, and medical care.

Many organizations conducted online fundraising drives through which donors were able to donate to the groups to ensure that they effectively attend to the needs of the immigrants. Donors to these groups included both individuals and charity groups such as Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Below are some of the migrant rights groups involved in the fight against Trump’s executive order.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was one of the key participants in the process. ACLU held a strong online campaign that saw the group raise over $24 million in donations from over $350,000 donors. Most of these donors were from the US. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Facebook

ACLU used the money to organize for pro-bono legal services, medical services, and food to the detained immigrants. In addition, the organization presented the case to the court that saw it secure a stay on the executive order. This success saw the release of thousands of the detainees and dropping of charges against them.

ACLU’s work was supported by The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a rights advocate group established to educate and engage African American and black immigrant communities on immigration issues. The group ensures that members of the communities are protected from racial, social, and economic injustices.

Almost 905 of the individuals affected by the executive order were Muslims. To this end, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) participated actively in the fight against the order and in helping the victims. The organization used its local chapters to ensure that immigrants in every area of the United States received legal and humanitarian help. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

The group was founded with the objective of fighting against discrimination targeting member of the Islamic community. The other groups that were involved in fighting for the rights of the immigrants were CUNNY CLEAR, The Immigrant Defense Project, and The Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

About Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund

Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund is a charity organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. The organization funds organizations that fight for migrant rights in Arizona. Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund also provides resources to organizations involved in the fight for Freedom of Speech and Civil Participation.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the brains behind the successful Fund. The two journalists are also the founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.

The duo founded the Fund using settlement money that they received following their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio


Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Return to Counterculture with Front Page Confidential

Front Page Confidential is the new alternative news source from the alternative news legends Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Lacey and Larkin have been in the counterculture business since the 70’s, and although age is the usual factor that makes one legendary, the two have a pretty impressive portfolio backing the claim up. In the 80’s they formed multi-million dollar conglomerate Village Voice Media, and in the 90’s they went toe-to-toe with “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, although it is the latter most people remember. The saga of their feud is still talked about in AZ, especially since it ended with Lacey and Larkin’s arrest. But what fruit was born there? The two used the wrongful arrest to file a successful lawsuit against Maricopa County netting them a $3.75 million dollar settlement. Since the sale of Village Voice Media in 2012, the duo has been fighting Arpaio through their charity the Frontera Fund. Frontera owes what it is to Arpaio, after all it is financed with the money from their $3.75 million dollar payout.


Front Page brings the duo back to the printed page, or in this case digital page. The website was launched earlier this year, and features articles focused on free speech, and the First Amendment. Apraio has his own section, which goes hand in hand with their Frontera work. The two have been supporting migrant-rights groups throughout AZ by using Frontera to finance them. These organization are dedicated to making life better for the Latino community, and creating a level playing field. Front Page’s focus on Arpaio will also expose him much as the New Times did. It will also contain the long-form investigative reporting, and colorful articles the duo is known for.