When America will be Great Again

Since Donald Trump’s election, illegal immigration into the United States from Mexico has dropped by 40 percent. While Trump supporters call this a victory, will turning America into a place fewer people want to go make our country “great again?”

The injustice of indigent people costs us billions

Every day, indigent people are incarcerated without any representation. People are unjustly convicted and, as inmates, denied humane treatment. Not only is illegal immigration in decline, but also education. Foreign students, often paying full tuition to colleges and universities, now hold perceptions of America as less welcoming to immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

Along with this some 32 billion dollar blow to the economy, business travel has also seen an over $200 million loss since Trump’s executive ban. This is an industry in which even a 1% decline in international travel will cost the U.S. 75,000 jobs and $3 billion in taxable wages.

People are simply afraid to come here.

Arizona Justice Project

Our quality of justice is compromised every time the accused are imprisoned without access to justice. The Arizona Justice Project, one of many organizations working to overturn wrongful convictions, has already received over 5,000 pleas for help from victims of manifest injustice.

With support from the Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund, the group represents Arizona inmates with unheard claims of innocence and educates communities on the wrongfully convicted.

In cooperation with Arizona law schools, the Justice Project brings expert lawyers and investigators to a case otherwise denied resources for proof of innocence. Their teams work tirelessly to provide information, evidence and testimonies supporting inmates’ claims.

Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund

The fight against injustice of indigenous people has evolved to over 60 organizations focused on the borderlands alone. The Arizona Justice Project is but one of which funded in part by the Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund: an effort incidentally, and ironically, started by this injustice.

In 2007, two Village Voice Media executives, Mike and Jim, were arrested by an armed unit on orders from Maricopa County’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin had been reporting on the mistreatment and deaths of Maricopa County inmates, as well as Arpaio’s anti-Mexican fear-mongering and abuse of power: discriminatory persecution, racial profiling, and unlawful detainment.

After a cover story about “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” for the Phoenix New Times, the two writers were forced from their homes and dragged into separate jails managed by Arpaio. Their article exposed the Maricopa County Attorney’s office (friends of sheriff Arpaio) for attempts to acquire the personal information of both employees and readers of the Phoenix New Times.

As national outrage erupted, Lacey and Larkin were released after less than 24 hours, without any charge. When the court determined no probable cause, $3.7 million was paid in settlement by Maricopa County, in 2013. With this, the Fontera Fund was, then, immediately initiated to support Hispanic communities which have also fallen prey to similar abuse and injustice.