American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): The Champion of Civil Rights and Liberties

The constitution protects the rights of all immigrants regardless of their status. However, there are circumstances where the government and other powerful individuals deny the legal rights of immigrants.

This is where groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) come to help the vulnerable immigrants. American Civil Liberties Union is devoted to fighting discrimination against immigrants as well as enforcing the civil liberties and rights as embodied in the Constitution.

ACLU was founded in 1920 with the vision of defending and preserving the individual rights of every American citizen. Its headquarters are situated in 125 Broad Street in Manhattan, New York. The group works through lobbying and litigation. It provides legal assistance to immigrants whenever they see that their rights have been infringed by the government or other powerful private citizens.

Their legal assistance can take the form of direct representation in the courts through their immigrant lawyers or through partnering with other law firms and migrant groups representing the immigrants. The group has affiliates in almost all the 50 American states.

The ACLU has over one million members and a budget of over $100 million. The membership subscriptions are reserved as donations. Members are at liberty to pay any amount the feel right for their subscriptions averaging $50 annually. Learn more about Jim Larkin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/

The group gets its funds by soliciting funds to its charitable foundation. The group does not accept funding from organizations or people it perceives to be infringing human rights. For example in 2004, ACLU turned down a $1.5 million donation from Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation for introducing a clause in their donations which the group felt was a threat to civil rights and liberties.

Since it was formed, the group has been in the forefront in championing the rights of immigrants. The group has had several successful litigations such as the case involving Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin vs. Joe Arpaio. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter

The duo had been wrongly detained by the Sheriff Joe Arpaio after they exposed his corruption and discrimination against Mexican immigrants. After a successful litigation, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded a $3.75 million compensation for the wrongful detention. After receiving the money, they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.

ACLU is currently involved in other landmark cases such as the International Refugees Assistance v. Trump, a case challenging President Trump’s executive order on Muslim ban which violates the constitution. Other cases include; Colotl v. Kelly, Wikimedia v. NSA, Fatihah V. Neal among many others.

About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

The fund was formed in 2007 by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin out of the $3.75 million legal settlement for their wrongful arrest and detention by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of two organization that championing the rights of immigrants in Arizona. These are the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two were arrested for running an expose about the injustices and discrimination committed by the Sheriff towards immigrants.

The Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund has been dedicated to supporting groups advocating for the civil rights and liberties of immigrants. The fund is also aimed at helping in championing the freedom of speech and public participation in Arizona.