Maricopa County in Arizona is home to a large number of undocumented individuals. Even though this number is high and there is an abundance of individuals who are facing deportation, there is still no low cost legal help for them or even anyone who offers free legal assistance to the undocumented individuals.
This is a hard fact to face for individuals who know nothing about their rights of being an immigrant and this makes it even harder for them to fight to stay in the country. The goal of PLAN, Phoenix Legal Action Network is to help those who need it, have a better chance of staying in the country.
The JIF, Justice for Immigrants & Families Project is providing justice for the immigrants and migrants within Maricopa County.
They work to represent the immigrants when faced with removal proceedings to remove the immigrants from the country. The goal is to help immigrants get in contact with pro-bono attorneys who will help to keep the immigrant in the country. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
The organization will also work to ensure that those who are considered to be immigrants are able to know what their rights are when it comes to human rights and civil rights.
Most immigrants don’t believe that they have the right to these two things however they are wrong. Even though they may be undocumented, they are still entitled to human rights and civil rights.
Meetings are held to teach those who need to know their rights as well as group workshops that help to teach the individuals important things to know for living and remaining within the United States.
The organization is also working alongside other community programs which provide even more support for the immigrants and to help them feel empowered. The goal is to help these individuals be able to no longer worry about being deported or to be faced with a situation concerning their social opportunities as well as economic opportunities.
One great and well known group who helps to ensure this is followed is the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. If you are unfamiliar with these names, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were woken from their beds in the middle of the night to be faced with charges resulting from their denial to release names concerned with stories ran on the Phoenix New Times Media website.
Jim and Michael had released stories surrounding the Maricopa Sheriff and when individuals read the story, they were being sought after by the sheriff’s department. When Jim and Michael refused to release the names, they were awakened in the middle of the night from their homes and hauled off to a jail cell where they remained until a judge felt they met the requirements to be released from the jail.
There hope is to allow for individuals who are faced with this problem to be able to stand on their own and fight the system just as they did.
The Frontera Fund helps various other programs to help immigrants in the United States be able to stay rather than being deported.