David and Goliath

The Larkin and Lacey Fontera Fund was established by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, in 2013, after they won a $3.7 million lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department. They were wrongly imprisoned and arrested without a probable cause.

The man who lead the arrest was Joe Arpaio, self-proclaimed as the toughest sheriff in America, he was the one who pushed the initial investigations on Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey. The investigations were prompted out of retaliation against Larkin and Lacey after they released an article exposing the corrupt ways of Arpaio. Setting up the Larkin and Lacey Fontera Fund was probably the best way for them to take revenge against Arpaio.

By establishing the Fontera Fund they created something that would counteract some of the anti-Mexican rhetoric spewed out by Arpaio and others within the mainstream media. Not all Mexicans are bad people; the greater majority of them do not come here to steal cars, or sell drugs, most of them just want to live a decent life.

There are many non-profit organizations that have been set-up along the U.S.-Mexico border, in response to the injustice, and struggles faced by deportees and Mexican migrants. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

The Kino Border Initiative is an organization that helps deportees get through their stressful situations. They have set up agencies in two locations, one on each side of the U.S.-Mexico boarder. They provide free meals, clothes, and even emotional support to the migrants.

The Kino Border Initiative is a Catholic-based group, their sense of mission stems from the fact that in the Bible people were always on the move due to persecution or to find a land they could call their own. The people there are happy to facilitate growth in the lives of migrants who struggle to establish themselves in a new country.

I’m glad to know that there are so many organizations that seek to support migrants along the U.S/Mexico border. If I was a Mexican migrant I would have no idea that such places exist, especially now that the United States has a president who seems to have a grudge against Mexico.

These humanitarian groups, like the Kino Border Initiative, leave all the politics out of the equation. Politics generally do not facilitate growth in the lives of people; what really makes a difference in average people lives is being able a to have a one on one connection and offering support.

Humanitarian groups are needed more than ever during the Trump presidency, in order to educate people on the struggles that these migrants, and show them from more normal perspective.