While many within the country are rightfully focusing on immigration reform for safety and economic concerns, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has firmly defended the rights of individuals who may become victim to adverse changes in new laws involving immigration.
The organization was first founded in 1920, when there was little doubt regarding the entry into the United States and migrating into the American culture. The ACLU originated as a freedom of speech organization during anti-war protests, which were extremely rampant during that time. The ACLU has expanded its scope to support migrant rights and a wide range of social injustices that have formed over the last century.
In November 2016, the ACLU made an announcement that if then President-elect Donald Trump followed-through on his campaign promises to implement the immigration policies he ran on, that the organization would file suit. Immediately following an Executive Order that President Trump signed on January 27, 2017, the ACLU filed suit in U.S. District Court arguing that the Executive Order was unconstitutional.
The initial Executive Order suspended all refugees who traveled to the United States from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. All migrants from those seven largely-Muslim countries were initially banned from entering the country for a minimum of 120 days. The lawsuit was on behalf of two Iraqi individuals who were detained at JFK airport. After arriving in the county, they both were detained for 19 hours before being released.
With unprecedented celebrity support, the ACLU immediately received donations from high-profile celebrities such as Rosie O’Donnell, John Legend, Adele and Chris Sacca. Chris personally offered to match all donations received and ultimately gave $150,000.
In addition, there was an out-pouring of support from 350,000 of ACLU’s 1.2 million members who helped raise $24 million within just two days through on-line donations. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
Many people within the Arizona community are closely watching the decisions being made on immigration policies by the Trump Administration. The Lacey and Larkin Foundation was founded as a resource for immigrants within Arizona to give people access to the most current information available.
In support of numerous other immigration advocacy groups, the Lacey and Larkin Foundation goes far beyond the basics of activism to bring the most up to date information to the community. The group is one of the most prevalent organizations within the Arizona region that supports the Hispanic and Latino community.
In May 2017, the Lacey and Larkin Foundation helped bring awareness to the community that federal prosecutors had reopened over 1,300 immigration cases under the Trump Administration. Based upon the Executive Office Immigration review data, the cases are 67 percent higher than reopened cases during the Obama Administration.
The Lacey and Larkin Foundation was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin; two very well-known journalists for the Phoenix Sun Times who were violated of their First Amendment rights in 2007. In a high-profile case that was won after an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Michael and Jim used the $3.75 million to start the foundation.
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