Ever since Trump became the President, approximately one million undocumented and DACA-mented young individuals are facing grave threats to their future. This is partly because President Trump may decide to end DACA.
As such deportations are ramping up and DREAMers’ capacity to acquire state-tuition as well as drivers licenses are becoming even more difficult. Due to the numerous obstacles at the state level, only about 7% of undocumented scholars manage to get a higher education.
Aliento refers to an undocumented and youth-led support group that seeks to bring community healing using art and advocacy. Aliento has a new campaign strategy advocating for the welfare of DACA-eligible students and aims at safeguarding the interests of the DACA program at both the state and national levels.
Aliento’s mission is to empower the DACA-mented youth with a pro-educational program and training in resiliency, mindfulness, leadership, healing, and DACA and deportation matters. Furthermore, in 2017, Aliento plans on organizing state-wide retreats that will mobilize and train DACA recipients and activists. Learn more about Michael Lacey and James Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/
The DREAMer controlled workshops are aimed at assisting DREAMers to take their place on the frontlines of the campaign as well as holding legislators accountable for protecting the interests of young immigrants and their loved ones. The movement also plans on mobilizing institutions like companies, churches, and schools to back DREAMers.
Reyna Montoya, the creator and executive director of Aliento expresses, during a statement, that no one whether DACA-mented of Undocumented was safe under Trump’s administration.
Reyna continued by revealing that it was up to Aliento to keep working with undocumented immigrants to make sure that they are ready to safeguard the communities’ interest by fighting for their rights.
About Frontera Fund
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin jointly founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media and are behind the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund initiative. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was featured in an article that exposed his deeds and Jim and Michael supported the journalists for their exposé on the Phoenix New Times.
Mr. Arpaio referred to himself as ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ and had been exposed for several financial irregularities and widespread mismanagement practices in his office. Additionally, the article accused the Sheriff of racial profiling and unlawful detainment of Latinos and mistreatment and murder of prisoners among other abuses of power.
Joe retaliated by demanding that Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey release personal information of the journalist behind the story as well as the identity of all the citizens that had read the article online.
On refusal, Sheriff Arpaio instructed his men to arrest the two co-founders in the middle of the night on October 18, 2007, from their Phoenix homes. Later on, the two were out in separate jails, but after a loud public uproar they were freed, and all charges against them were dropped.
Jim and Michael later sued the Maricopa County Office for infringing in their First Amendment Right, and they won the case resulting in$3.75 Million compensation. The two men used the settlement money to set up the Frontera Fund.
The aim of the organization includes financing of advocacy groups and teams fighting for the civil right of minority groups throughout Arizona. Aliento is one of such organization funded by Frontera Fund.