America’s atmosphere is in a state of severe tension, exacerbated by the fear mongering of figureheads on both sides of the spectrum. During 2012, no one could have expected to see today’s paradigm shift. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/mike-lacey/

Obama had just carried the nation out of a crushing jobs crisis, pulled soldiers out of Iraq, and revolutionized American healthcare. Welfare offered human rights in place of past privileges. Fast forward to 2016 and it may have been too much change, performed too quickly.

Maybe the change really was unsustainable, as some republicans argue, a catch-22, demonizing welfare-repealing republicans. The nation will never know. This sharp slope of liberalization shocked rural America’s sense of identity, creating the perfect storm that paved the way to an unforeseen leader: Donald Trump, Commander in Chief. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikepida

Truth be told, this situation was long-coming. Unclear immigration laws and differing presidential viewpoints on immigrant impact befuddled clarity. As an example, consider the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin on October 18th, 2007. In a style reminiscent of midnight Soviet-era gulag round-ups, two journalists were arrested and thrown into the back of a van. The reason? Lacey says “writing”.

Decades of indecision regarding immigration have led us into this human rights abyss. Our leaders had countless chances to reform or enforce, yet president after president, they chose to do nothing. Now the America is stuck in a quagmire, and citizen/immigrant alike are worse off because of this bureaucratic failure.

So where do human rights factor in? America’s landscape in this day and age is host to a variety of diverse groups with the intention of human rights protection, the ACLU, SPLC, and Frontera Fund, to name a few. The latter of these groups was started by Larkin and Michael with 3.7 million awarded to them in a civil rights lawsuit stemming from the arrest.

The Frontera Fund “will support groups that advocate for civil, human, and migrant rights”.

America has been a long-time bastion of press freedom, since the colonial days. Although the press is inherently different from the days of America’s revolution, the fundamental rights of our constitution are not to be infringed. Humans rights groups like the Frontera Fund ensure that freedom.