In recent years the need for migrant and immigrant rights has become more and more prevalent. Immigrants often work very hard to come here, contributing to our society in ways we can’t even imagine. Many of these migrants have moved in order to provide their families a better life, and others have moved because of political or military conflict in their home countries.
In order to preserve their life and culture, migrants sometimes end up working in sub-par conditions but they are too afraid to report any rights violations for fear of legal recourse. They have few rights under the law and fundamental things like healthcare and education are often denied them due to deep-seated attitudes of xenophobia and prejudice. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook
Migrants are often stripped of their worker rights, their culture, and their access to freedom and liberty. Not enough is done to help these people, and many are content with turning away and avoiding the issue altogether.
Thankfully, many organizations exist that fight for the rights of migrant workers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), for example, fights to make sure that the freedoms, liberties, and rights of the United States Constitution apply to all immigrants and migrant workers no matter their status.
The go after anyone that commits civil rights violations against immigrants and their communities. The ACLU also offers news about civil rights violations as well as fundraisers to help raise money to pay for the legal costs of immigrants and others who wish to fight the system. Not only that, but the ACLU also posts news about steps forward towards equal rights for all.
Another organization that is helping to improve the conditions of migrant workers is the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. On October 18, 2007, Maricopa County police took Michael and Jim Larkin from their homes in the middle of the night after revealing grand jury proceedings that sought information on articles that covered the Maricopa County sheriff. Lacey and Larkin sued the country and earned a 3.75 million dollar settlement. They now use this money to fund several migrant rights organization across Arizona.
There is much to be done when it comes to protecting the rights of migrant workers in America. Hopefully, as people become more aware of the infractions against civil rights, there will be a greater call for them to get the respect that they deserve from our society.
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