The Impact Of Arizona Dream Act Coalition On The Lives Of Undocumented Immigrant Youth

Despite the combined efforts of several human, migrant and civil rights organizations all over the world, human rights are still being trampled upon in every part of the world. While some people have the knowledge and financial resources to fight for themselves, most victims of human right abuse do not even know how to go about seeking justice let alone have the financial strength. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

This is why human, civil and human right organizations have to be appreciated, encouraged and supported. You don’t have to wait until you or someone close to you becomes a victim of human right abuse before you join or support any of these groups.

One thing that is very disturbing is that the wheel of justice moves slowly. It took Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders of Frontera fund several years to be settled for being illegally arrested from their homes on October 18, 2007 by the then Maricopa County Sheriff. Despite all the resources they dissipated into fighting for their right, they decided to donate their settlement which was about the sum of $3.75 million to civil organizations.

This gesture should not only be appreciated, it should be celebrated and emulated. You don’t have to wait to donate handsomely to human rights organizations. The little you can afford to support them is enough. Most of the organizations have been founded by selfless people to fight for less privileged. You can also support them just like how Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin did.

One of such organizations is The Arizona Dream Act Coalition. The organization is focused on the fight for higher education and immigrant rights. A proposition known as proposition 300 was passed in 2006. It is meant to make undocumented immigrant students to pay out-of-state tuition fee in colleges. It also made these immigrant students unqualified to receive public scholarships even if they merit any of them.

Due to this proposition, so many immigrant students had to drop out of school since they could not muster the financial resources to pay such outrageous fees. A small group of students from Arizona State University formed a support group. The group led to the formation of The Arizona Dream Act Coalition. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The vision of this organization is a state or even a country where undocumented immigrants will have access to all the privileges available to documented citizens. The organization envisions a country where undocumented immigrants are not segregated to a particular community.

They also have a vision of a country where undocumented immigrants can live, work and even go about without the fear of political persecution.

The mission of this coalition is to defend the rights of undocumented immigrant communities through promotion of civic engagement and by also promotion of equal access of tertiary education for immigrants. The duties of the coalition have been grouped into five programs which are civic engagement, education, education not deportation, no dream deferred and campaigns.

The coalition achieved several feats in their bid to actualize their vision. One of such feats was the one achieved on February 17, 2015. It was the first time the coalition sued and defeated a sitting Governor in Arizona.