Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Promoting Rights for Migrants

Migration has been a hot topic around the world today. Migration has been a natural instinct for humans thousands of years ago. Humans would migrate in search of food, or when the climate starts to shift. The same with animals in the wild, humans have the right to go anywhere they wanted. However, as the society advanced, borders were created and visas were introduced. Humans have been prevented to roam freely around the planet, and the freedom that humanity once experienced has come into a halt. Endless wars in the Middle East and poverty in Africa have forced its population to move to Europe as refugees; high rate of illegal drug addiction, poverty, and the war on drugs in Latin America forced its people to move north, into the United States and Canada; and persecution against the cultural belief and traditions have forced some ethnic groups to move to more accepting states. The migration crisis that the world is experiencing have only created more gaps against races, and spread hate among nationalities.

 

These problems that the modern world is facing have opened the eyes of two brave Americans, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The duo is known for helping migrants coming from Latin America, and they are being backed financially by a private fund that they have established, called the Frontera Fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have seen the crisis unfolding in Europe, and they do not want the same thing to happen in their own backyard so instead of pushing away the migrants, they are doing their best to educate them about the life in the United States and how they can easily adapt. The private fund that they have on hand amounts to $3.75 million, and they have been using it ever since to help those who needs their assistance. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are successful in transforming the lives of the immigrants. Some have found a stable job and a nice place to live, and some have started their own businesses and their own families. These people that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin helped often give back by adding up more finances to their private fund. They have stated that the two are really compassionate, and they wanted to show their gratitude by donating money to their private fund.

 

The Frontera Fund that was established by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin originated from a lawsuit that they have filed against the Maricopa County. Back in the year 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published an article regarding the scandal that the Maricopa County sheriff has come into. The Maricopa County sheriff is being accused of corruption, and the county attorney stated that they might file a case against him. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were being accused of publishing the decision of the jury, and the private address of the Maricopa County sheriff, so they were arrested immediately. Local media companies sympathized with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, and they published the same information on their websites. Because of this outrage, the two were later released for lack of any evidences, and they filed a counter lawsuit. This amount of grant given to them by winning the lawsuit has helped migrants.

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