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National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights and its allies in fighting for immigrant rights

The National Network has been very active in representing and organizing international immigrants’ rights. NNIRR is a founding member of an international body called Migrants Rights International (MRI).

MRI connects all organizations fighting for immigrants rights globally. They have contributed to the voice of advocates representing immigrants seeking asylum in the international arena.

Today, National Network collaborates with Global Coalition on Migration and Women in Migration Network, a network that’s involved with uplifting gender analyses and its position in world migration.

This has enabled NNIRR to play a major role in defining the relevance of justice ideas, human rights, and the power of empowering the immigrants. Besides this, the National Network has also successfully mobilized American immigrants and refugee groups to offer their support in important global events such as the UN Conferences fighting against racism and xenophobia in South Africa, helping lead mass action during ministerial meeting at World Trade Organization, and helping strategize interventions on migrants civil societal rights during Global Forums on Migration and Development.

The National Network has been in forefront trying to make connections between human rights, migrations, and climate change. Recently during global discussions on climatic changes, the connections between this issues emerged.

And their main issue is having ready response during displacements of a large number of people while at the same time trying to find the cause and solution of the problems to evade long term consequences. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Twitter

Besides this rising concern, NNIRR is involved in fighting the US administration stand on immigrants. The government signed into law Public Safety bill that aims at tightening the enforcements on immigrations and expanding it even further. Also, NNIRR is raising concerns about the US intentions of targeting US-Mexico border.

The government intends to prosecute even non-violent offenses such as unlawful entry. NNIRR claims that this action will not only be costing the taxpayer more than $1 billion but also will cast a setback to immigrants’ rights efforts and those seeking asylum.

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights on 2009 laid out principles and vision for the challenges facing immigrants and expressed hope of finding solutions. Jim and Larkin are against public debates that frame immigration as ‘fight against terror.’ They say that this manipulates the public fears and may lead to misguided and expensive enforcement measures that may end up depriving the immigrants their rights.

Their principles were aimed at guiding the creation of practical proposals aiming at reforming global ideologies on immigration and their rights. These include;

End deportation and legalize all programs aimed at providing opportunities for all undocumented immigrants

Immigrant Families should not be separated in any way.

Uphold justice and rights of every human before the law irrespective of his/her status, whether immigrant or citizen.

Prioritize funding for immigrant services

Ensure that all immigrants have access to public services and benefits including education, health centers, and driver’s licenses.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested because they revealed information about a Sheriff, that there were a grand jury proceedings seeking the reporters’ notes. The two later sued the county and were awarded settlement amounting $3.75 million.

The two reporters decided to use the money to fund organizations fighting for immigrants’ rights all over Arizona. Lacey and Larkin are co-founders of Phoenix New Times.

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