The immigrant community have been somewhat overwhelmed by the recent changes involving the immigration policies and laws. Immigration reform has created an issue within the country that affects not only immigrants but also those within the communities they live.
Any changes that occur require advocacy groups to help facilitate information to the immigrant population as well as act on their behalf to ensure that the changes are within the bounds of the law and the U.S. Constitution.
The policy change that has swept the country is with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA). Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
With the dateline for any late renewals within the DACA program ending in October 2017, and the phase-off already in motion, advocacy groups are actively pursuing all options available to bring some type of positive resolution to the issue.
One of the most-prevalent advocacy groups to represent immigrants is the United We Dream (UWD) organization. The organization is determined to fight for a clean Dream Act on behalf of the immigrant youth within the country.
The mission of UWD is to empower youth immigrants; better known as –Dreamers- to stand up to the changes that Congress has enacted and form an alliance of support to bring a favorable outcome for the estimated 800,000 Dreamers within the country.
The actions led by many of the youth within UWD take the fear out of being undocumented. By becoming involved in the process, their actions uplift the voices of the 800,000 Dreamers which sends a powerful message of hope and determination for assuring their rights are protected.
Those within the organization have also begun a petition to send to Congress in order to have their voices heard on the phase-off for DACA.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has been facilitating information to also empower the immigrant community and the Dreamers. With an estimated 1,000 youths who will potentially lose their DACA protection everyday by March 6, 2018, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund continues to facilitate resources and materials in order to give the immigrant youth and their families the necessary information to move forward without fear but with resilience and resourcefulness.
Since 2013, after Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Phoenix News Times established the fund, immigrants within Arizona have depended on the material and resources that have been vital to the community.
The immigrant community will continue to need advocates as the entire nation prepares for the proposed changes ahead.