The campaign of now President Donald Trump has shown that racism still exists in America on a grand scale. Running on the platform that he would export all illegal immigrants back to Mexico and then build a wall to keep them out, he touched a fire in the hearts of many people who would than back him and vote for him.
One such person was Sheriff Joe Arpaio whose racist policies as Sheriff infuriated people like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, being Arizona natives, hear about and see immigration every day. Their hearts go out to their fellow human beings, who only want a better life here in America. They have dedicated their lives and their foundation to restoring immigrant rights. Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund financially supports groups who openly advocate for rights to be given to immigrants.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin understand that this is not a fight they can win by themselves. The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was created to empower other non-profits and train them how to advocate for the immigrant cause.
Actually, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was born out of a time when Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were standing up for the immigrant’s cause.
Before the Lacey and Larkin Fontera Fund was founded, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin ran two media outlets; The Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. They used these outlets to uncover the conspiracy that Sheriff Joe Arpaio was targeting Latinos because of their race.
Of course, Joe Arpaio did not like that very much. In retaliation, on October 18, 2007, he got together his “Selective Enforcement Unit” and illegally entered the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. It was then that Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested them. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was hoping this illegal arrest would quiet Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. He was wrong.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would take the Maricopa County to court. The case was seen, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would win $3.75 million.
It was then that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin’s passion was truly revealed. They could have put that money right in their bank accounts and lived their lives in comfort. Instead of doing that though, they used the money to create the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:
The Frontera Fund: What It Is And How It Began
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two journalists who have been taking a stand against abuses of power in law enforcement, and exposing racial profiling, illegal activity, and other injustices. Lacey and Larkin founded The Frontera Fund after being unfairly arrested by a determined Arizona sheriff who did not like that they unraveled and brought his questionable actions to light.
Arizona Deputee Joe Arpaio played a significant role in the arrest and detention of the writers by signing off on their capture . If you are wondering whether or not their First Amendment rights were violated, the answer is “Yes.” Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested without probable cause which sparked the foundation of The Frontera Fund.
Lacey and Larkin’s Frontera Fund began after their unconstitutional arrest and aims to support Mexican immigrants who are often the target of discrimination in Arizona. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the two journalists stand on completely opposite sides of the fence when it comes to immigration laws and specifically the assimilation and employment of Latino’s in this country. On the one hand Lacey and Larkin seek to defend those who are racially demonized, and on the other, Joe Arpaio is focused on promoting fear, distrust, and paranoia among the different nationalities.
Due to having their First Amendment rights restricted, Lacey and Larkin founded the news website FrontPageConfidential, which seeks to provide up to date news on First Amendment related cases and act as a platform for free speech.