Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have had a long struggle pushing for the rights of all Americans to be respected. They have mainly been fighting for the rights of the minority communities in Arizona to be given an equal chance as the natives. The two believe that being an immigrant does not warrant discrimination as it normally happens. Read more; Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
They have an open mind regarding immigration and believe that it should not be entirely condemned. Every human being has equal rights no matter the race or color of their skin. Human rights are universal, and they should be respected by everyone irrespective of the status they have in the society. These are the reasons that drove Lacey and Larkin to condemn the acts of a former sheriff known as Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have had a very long battle with the sheriff. For over a decade, Lacey and Larkin used the media channel they owned known as the Phoenix New Times to condemn the acts of impunity that were going on in Maricopa County.
In Maricopa County, there was a huge number of immigrants that were living here. The sheriff took the law into his own hands and decided to take measures that were unlawful to stop immigration in his county. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/ and http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
He would arrest people who he suspected of being immigrants without verifying even their registration status. Many innocent people were arrested and harassed by the officer under Arpaio’s office.
Lacey and Larkin have been in deep problems trying to defend the rights of the minority. In 2007, they were arrested by the former sheriff for publishing a story about a grand jury. The arrest was however made in bad taste since he was retaliating for the coverage the Phoenix New Times had given him.
Lacey and Larkin had investigated him and revealed a lot of shady actions that he had taken which amounted to oppression and discrimination of immigrants. He had set up concentrations camps where he would torture people who he believed were in the country illegally.
After the arrest of Lacey and Larkin, they were taken behind bars for 24 hours although no charges were initiated against the two. The step taken by the sheriff was described as a violation of the First Amendment and therefore unlawful.
Lacey and Larkin received $3.75 million from the courts after raised issue with the way they were handled during their arrest. They dedicated the money to fighting impunity orchestrated by leaders such as Arpaio. They created the Frontera Fund to support the cause.