Many people have fled their home countries to the USA in search of greener pastures and a better future for their families. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that hundreds of thousands of person ranging from adults to children are residing in immigration detention facilities in the USA. Many have been admitted to these establishments without due process forcing them to take refuge in these institutions for months or even years.
Numerous organizations agitate for immigration reform and the upholding of civil rights for both the documented and undocumented immigrant workers from Mexico. All those who reside in the detention facilities deserve to be treated with dignity.
A good example of an organization that has been on the frontline in fighting for immigrants and refugee rights include the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR). Some of the key agenda that NNIRR has championed include border demilitarization and observance of the immigrant’s human rights.
The organization posits that when private contractors with little or no oversight are given the responsibility of running detention centers, a violation of human rights can be easily over sighted.
The NNIRR is on record to have indicated that there are sufficient reports that demonstrate that Border agents use excessive force when dealing with immigrants. Also, the organization has observed in the past that immigrants are detained under inhumane conditions.
When groups such as ACLU went into the detention facilities, they found out that most immigrants live in squalid conditions. They have to contend with overcrowding, poor sanitation, mental and physical abuse, and inadequate health facilities. The Detention Watch Network indicated in its 2013 report that most immigrants live under adverse conditions in the detention centers.
Other human rights groups have shown that Border Patrol treats deportees inhumanely with most of them being deported without their belongings. The Kino Border Initiative tries to ensure that deportees get necessities and are reimbursed money that equates the value of their belongings that were left behind during their deportation
Ensuring that immigrants’ rights are observed and that they also get access to justice is an expensive undertaking. Such an initiative requires funding. The Kino Border Initiative and the American Immigration Council is made possible by the Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund. The charity began the Lacey and Larkin’s illegal arrest. Read more: Jim Larkin |LinkedIn and Michael Larcey | Twitter
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports some courses in Arizona. The foundation ensures that all the immigrants who are crossing from Mexico into the USA are treated humanely. The history of Lacey and Larkin Fund can be traced back to 2007 when Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested.
The duo wrote a touching story that highlighted the squalid conditions in the jails that Joe Arpeggio, the Arizona Sheriff in Maricopa County ran. The story was published by the Phoenix New Times. After a public outcry, Larkin and Lacey were granted their freedom.
Lacey and Larkin’s arrests were found to be illegal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Larkin and Lacey were compensated with $3.7 million, and they used the funds to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. Many Hispanics have benefited from the works of this organization.