Xenophobia has become more rampant than before. It is sad when a young adult whose parents immigrated to the country is denied civil documents like a drivers’ license.

It is also a shame that an immigrant mother will fear fighting an abusive husband for the custody of her children in court for fear of getting deported. You realize that in case they are expatriated, they would have to their children and husbands behind. It is atrocious for this to be someone’s reality. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The Role of The American Civil Liberties Union

Sadly, immigrant’s rights have often been trampled on. It is for this reason that some people have come together to form movements against denial of human rights. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has one million members and a budget of $100 Million.

This amount is dedicated towards birth control, abortion, free speech, gun rights and human rights. The organization also stands strongly against the death penalty, child pornography and the marginalization of people living with HIV/AIDS. It has been fighting for the rights of all humans for more than 100 years now.

Voice for the Unheard

Under the Ford Foundation is the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). It seeks to educate the people about the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. A similar organization is the Advocates for Human Rights. The members have been agents of change for more than 30 years. The foundation continues to transform the lives of children, women, and immigrants on a global scale.

Larkin and Lacey

In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are the founders of Phoenix New Times, published a story that got them in trouble. They exposed grand jury proceedings that sought reporters’ notes for articles on Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

This is in contravention of the first amendment. In retaliation, the Sheriff sent plainclothes officers to each of their houses in the middle of the night and hauled them to jail. There was an immediate uprising, and five days later, the charges against Michael and Jim were dropped.

However, this was not the end. The two journalists sued the county. They won the case and were awarded $3.75 Million. At this point, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was incepted. The fund would support groups that fight for human rights in Arizona and advocate for freedom of speech as well as civic participation. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

They also donated $2 Million of their settlement money to the University of Arizona for the establishment of a new journalism faculty dedicated solely to covering immigration and the Mexican border.

Hope for Better

It is fervently hoped that 2018 will bring the very first all-inclusive United Nations Agreement. The Agreement should cover all aspects of international migration comprehensively. It is okay for countries to regulate their borders, but surely this can be done while still preserving human dignity. Everyone, immigrant or not, is entitled to rights just by being human.