Michael Lacey and Him Larkin are two journalists from the state of Arizona. They are also popular human rights activist in the state. Much of their attention is focused on coming up with ways of assisting the immigrant community in the county who have for a long time been targets of racial profiling by the administration and politicians.
The state of Arizona records the highest number of immigration cases in the country due to its proximity to Mexico. Vey many Latinos have been using the porous border of U.S and Mexico to sneak into the United States in search of greener pastures. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The state of racial profiling, however, has been too much according to these two journalists who have spent years recording crimes that are committed on the immigrants’ community. In the last decade, there was high number of crimes that were committed in the county of Maricopa following the actions of County Sheriff Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio who came into office in 1992, was notorious for using extra-legal means to punish immigrants who were found in the country illegally.
In the state of Arizona, there were a high number of casualties who had suffered under his administration. Larkin and lacy were part of the victims of his crimes who have lived on to narrate the story.
According to Michael Lacey, Joe Arpaio is perpetuated some grave crimes while he was in office. Some of these crimes include sex crimes, deaths, and torture in concentration camps. Joe used his powers to obstruct justice meant for the poor especially children who were sexually abused in the name of a crackdown on illegal migrants. There were also inmates who died in prison following beatings by officers who were under the instruction of Arpaio. Some inmates were strangled while others were beaten to death by rogue officers.
As if that was not enough, Joe created concentration camps as a solution to the overcrowding jails in the state instead of building new ones. Money which was meant for building new jails was channeled to other programs. The concentration camps used were inhabitable and had the worst conditions ever.
Joe Arpaio is also accused of ordering his officers to go round the county looking for Latinos who were in the county illegally. Those who were found to have been in the county without necessary documents were deported back to their country.
Joe Arpaio was the law unto himself. He used his powers to prosecute and convict immigrants even without taking them through the court’s system.
Joe Arpaio is however lucky to escape prosecution after his ally president Donald Trump pardoned him. In one of the most saddening decisions in the history of human right activism, Trump used his powers to recommend acquittal of Joe Arpaio who in July 2017 was convicted of ignoring court orders. He was due to be sentenced in a month’s time before his pardon was executed.
Lacey believes that this action was taken by Trump to shield Arpaio from sentencing because he had supported him during the elections.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Formed the Frontera Fund to Support Immigrants
Recently, a presidential pardon contributed to the widespread of riots from Americans. If you know Sherriff Joe Arpaio, then you probably understand that he has often been branded a tough police man who fights immigrants alongside their entry to the state. Moreover, he has been the chief principal officer at Maricopa County and under his leadership he was very instrumental in victimizing inmates in many ways. For instance, he promoted racial profiling and the defilement of inmates by his deputies. Moreover, he once arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for no viable reason. This is how the arrest occurred;
On the evening on October 2017, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were visited by burly policemen from the county of Maricopa. Forcefully dragged into the black USVs, the duo was locked behind bars without viable explanations. On the following day, they were arraigned in court. From the look at the lawsuit, they had been leaking highly sensitive information about an ongoing case. However, the court ruled to their favor. Therefore, the county of Maricopa was instructed to compensate the two journalists and their reward was $3.7 million.
With that amount, Lacey and Larkin decided to establish a foundation called the Frontera Fund. As prominent influencers in Arizona, the duo has now vouched to work the immigrants in protecting their rights. Moreover, they have always fought for their legal entry to the country. Other than that, it is evident that Michael and Lacey have a new site for citizens to channel their contribution. Front Site Confidential disseminates news and current affairs about factors that affect the community. Moreover, with this site and the Frontera Fund, Michael and Lacey are convinced that citizens will be protected from the likes of Joe Arpaio.
Aside from their arrest, Joe Arpaio was recently pardoned for his misconducts. As such, the citizens and experts in legal matters took to the streets to issue their concerns about the looming injustice.