Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Icon of Migrant Rights

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two of the most controversial figures in the United States today. They are being criticized because of their actions supporting immigrants coming into the United States through Arizona. The two believes that they must help those who are in need.

The nations south of the United States are suffering from drug wars and poverty. The people in these countries are trying their best to cross the border and stay in the United States to achieve their American dream.

However, it is not easy for everyone, and most of the immigrants are being denied access or deported back to their homelands. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have seen what is going on in their backyard, so they decided to stand up and help the immigrants who just wanted to live in the United States for a better life.

People who wanted to experience the American Dream are trying to cross the border with the United States without knowing what will happen if the border police catch them. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, on the other hand, are instructing the migrants to go to their place directly, and by using the $3.75 million worth of Frontera Fund, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin manage to help the migrants look for a cheap place to stay, and find a job later on.

Through the assistance of the two, many migrants now have a better life in the United States, and they have also petitioned their loved ones for them to go to the United States too. These migrants that they managed to help give back to them by donating to the fund that will help the migrants.

The Frontera Fund, which Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are using to help the migrants is an amount awarded to them by the Maricopa County when the two filed a counter-protest against the county.

Back in college, the two were excellent friends, and they decided to open up a publication’s business that will serve the Phoenix Area. Everything is doing great until, in 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin experienced the most challenging part of being a journalist. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://angel.co/michael-lacey-3 and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

They were arrested because the two are being suspected of leaking the result of the jury that handles the case of the Maricopa County Sheriff. The two denied the accusations, but they still had to attend their court hearings. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund

Because of the pressure coming from the different group, including the media, and the lack of evidence, the judge decided to drop the charges against Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Because of the extreme hassle that they had experienced, they filed a counter lawsuit against the Maricopa County and easily won the $3.75 million.

Today, the Frontera Fund is being used to help the migrants coming from South America and Central America. The fund is being used to help them job their new houses and new jobs. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are very proud that the Frontera Fund is assisting hundreds of migrants every year.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Actions Help Establish The Frontera Fund

The name of Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become well-known across the world in the last few months after the former Maricopa County law enforcement official was pardoned on many charges by President Donald Trump in a controversial decision. Most people in Arizona and across the U.S. know of the Sheriff because of his self-described stance as the “toughest sheriff in the U.S.”, but he is also known as an unlikely figure in the establishment of The Frontera Fund, a charitable network of groups established to benefit Hispanic and minority groups across the nation.

 

The establishment of The Frontera Fund began on the night of October 18th, 2007 when Village Voice Media executives and writers Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested by officials with links to Sheriff Arpaio for their stance on an illegally obtained Supreme Court warrant; in an amazing attack on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Arizona legal officials sought to obtain a large amount of information about the writers, Michal Lacey and Jim Larkin, employees of their Phoenix New Times, and the readers of the publication.

 

Prior to their arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had been served with the warrant from Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his allies and had immediately questioned the legality of the order. Instead of simply returning to court and fighting the Supreme Court decision the writers wrote the story of the actions they faced and appeared to anger Arpaio to such an extent he ordered the arrest of the two. Not only did Lacey and Larkin report the unhealthy conditions of Arpaio operated jails, the targeting and racial profiling of Hispanics by the Sheriff, and his anti-Hispanic rhetoric, the writers also revealed Arpaio’s allies had asked for a record of all subscribers to the Phoenix New Times and their IP addresses.

 

The illegal arrests of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin saw the pair removed in unmarked vehicles with Mexican license plates and only lasted less than 24 hours. The illegal Supreme Court order and arrest of the writers led to a seven figure financial settlement later used by Larkin and Lacey to establish The Frontera Fund and work to improve the lives of Hispanic communities across the Southwest of America.