Ever since, respect for human rights has been the main objective of any country leader and its stakeholders. Putting in place policies that ensure that this is accomplished, including extending a helping hand to those in need, either in or outside the country’s territories.
It has been the norm of a human being to take care of his/her neighbor. But when this does not happen, many will start wondering what could be wrong. Why we as human beings at some point stop being ‘human.’
This question has led to establishment of non-profit organizations that ensure that the country takes its rightful place in helping ‘the neighbor in need.’ Read more: Phoenix New Time
One of such is American Immigration Council. Founded in 1987, the council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization seeking to drive change through formulation of laws, reforms, and behaviors that reinstate America as the country of helping those in need.
They push forward their agendas through extensive research, deep analysis of the current country’s policies, presenting their cases in courts, and participating in international talks. All their activities are aimed at reshaping the America’s view on Immigrants.
America Immigration Council activities
AIC is famously known for challenging every myths and misinformation that spread through public and political sectors concerning immigration through legal systems. Like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who used their skills as news reporters to publish correct information on immigrants.
By doing this, the council has gained a lot of followership through their actions that have displayed preparedness when it comes to arguing out their dissatisfaction in courts and reminding the government of its responsibilities and accountability.
AIC takes advantage of the power accorded to use of information, to educate the public on essential aspects of immigration and their positive contribution to the country. Jim and Larkin do this by expelling all the misconception held by the public and the political systems.
Research and critical analysis of immigration data has helped the council to push for rational policies that touch deep to the America values as the global leader and role model.
Besides research and litigations, the council has tapped into the outside world’s resources through training and sponsoring interns. Through such programs, the council is sure of conserving the global prosperity and culture.
These have enabled them to change the approach to Immigration with the help of different creative-thinkers and problem-solvers. Making it fair and humane.
The councils believe
Throughout its extensive activities, America Immigration Council seeks to build a very different community that:
- Gives everyone same opportunities including immigrants
- Holds credible debates on immigrants issues based on facts rather than driven by fear
- Keeping America open to those seeking help regarding security and protection
- Appreciates the contributions of the immigrants to the country such as new skills, talents, and energy.
About Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
This fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are also co-founders of Village Voce Media and Phoenix New Times. The money came from the settlement by the court after they were arrested for revealing grand jury’s proceedings.
The court awarded them $3.75 million, and the two reporters channeled the funds to support advocates and activists supporting immigrants’ rights in Arizona.