Arizona Dream Act Coalition advocates for more affordable tuition fees, education rights, human rights and migrant rights. Arizona Dream Act Coalition once filed a lawsuit with a claim that the Arizona governor mistreated Dreamers. The governor failed to give them driving licenses after being permitted to reside in the US by the Homeland Security Department. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Arizona Dream Act Coalition was founded by a group of students/ Dreamers. Their common goal was to seek and construct ways and measures that could respond precisely to hash 2006 law in Arizona. This law was put in place to discriminate undocumented students by paying high out-of –state tuition so that they can get public funded scholarship benefits.
The launch of GED2DACA program is committed to helping Dreamers to overcome various educational challenges to obtaining the benefits of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). To get DACA, undocumented students should hold a diploma or its equivalency.
Without the requirements, students are prohibited from enrolling in public institutions and also due to financial crises they cannot join private schools. However, GED2DACA helps these individuals in Pima County to get high school diplomas or the equivalency and go for DACA.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) based in Arizona is also another organization that advocates for human rights. It was formed in 1959 and has had great success in challenging unconstitutional Arizona laws which targeted minorities. They once won a case in court overturning the state law, thus banning multi-racial marriages. In recent past, the organization has fought and won many cases on immigrants’ rights. They helped petition a federal class action lawsuit.
The ACLU has severally defended the freedom of speech of laborers. The organization won an appeal where law denied bails to immigrants. Its legal team put up a policy which required every law enforcement firm to enforce immigration in Arizona.
Their effort rendered some legislations to be dismantled and was deemed unconstitutional. ACLU challenged Jan Brewer`s order which denied driving licenses to immigrants who have been permitted to stay in the US.
The ACLU of Arizona is also challenging some Arizona laws which allow working with illegal and fake documents to be a deportable felony. In 2013 the ACLU saw the need for legal support to constitutional violations especially along the borders and joined forces with San Diego to launch the Tucson Office which focuses on the Border Litigation Project.
For all these organizations supporting and advocating for human, migrant, and civil rights to succeed there is a funding body behind them. Therefore, Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports these organizations to the later. The organization has also supported SySTEM Phoenix, which motivates students through College X trip tours in attaining higher education.
Jim and Michael started Frontera Fund after getting a massive compensation for the arrest by Sherrif Joe Arpaio who used to detain migrants. Lacey and Larkin started this initiative to help to the Hispanic community that faced human, civil and migrants’ rights abuse.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin co-founded the Phoenix News Times and Village Voice Media. They are professional journalists who have excellent experience in dealing with human, civil and migrants’ rights.