The denial of basic civil, human and migrant rights is becoming more and more prevalent all over the country. There is a rising number of violent killings and mistreatment along the U.S. and Mexican border and very few people even know there is a problem. There are various civil, human, and migrant rights groups that are trying to make a positive influence and stop these offenses from occurring. Read more: Jim | Twitter
Border Angels is one of these groups that is trying to defend these rights and help the families that area affected. Location in San Diego, this group was founded by Enrique Morones in 1986. They focus on the prevention of immigrant deaths, reform, and migrant rights by the border. Border Angels focuses a lot on public education since there are countless people who have no idea there terrible acts are being committed every single day. They do this by creating awareness programs, taking tours along the crossing routes by the border, and also leaving water out for anyone who might need it. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
They have spent many years learning the history of the U.S. and Mexican border policies and try to spread this knowledge wherever they are able. It helps to experience these issues first hand to really be able to spread information about what is going on.
Several of Border Angel’s outreach program positively impact San Diego’s immigrant population by offering free legal assistance on certain days and has a Day Laborer program. In the past, they were very involved in the 2014 American immigration crisis and helped the children that were affected by that event. They distributed a large amount of toys, books, clothing and food for the children and tried to provide help from the protestor that were trying to block their way.
Border Angels is just one of the groups that is supported by the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This organization was created by two lifelong journalists who had spent their entire life trying to promote free speech and increase awareness to the issues along the border in Arizona.
After being illegally arrested in 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the Sheriff for unlawful detainment. A long court process finally worked in their favor when the grand jury decided that the sheriff had no substantial reason to arrest them and they were awarded a large settlement in the form of over 3 million dollars.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to put this money to use and use it to help other migrant, civil, and human rights groups in the Arizona area. This was the creation of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which has now grown in size and brought help and hope to families all over the country.
They have supported many groups and are still working every day to provide relief to those affected by these terrible violations of rights. They believe that with enough public education and increased awareness, the main thing these groups work toward, this growing problem might start to shrink.