We in the United States of America are currently experiencing a revolution in civil rights. One area that is receiving the attention it deserves is immigrant rights.
For centuries, America has been a beacon of hope to those who desire a better life and are willing to work hard to achieve it. Some, however, would bar them from this great country that has turned folks from vagabonds to near kings.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have committed themselves to opening the border so that immigrants can become prosperous in this great country. Their values have put them up against significant opposition, however.
One man who has opposed Lacey and Larkin is Sheriff Joe Arpaio. His opposition came about once Lacey and Larkin discovered several shady things that he was doing. Through investigation, they uncovered several unsettling truths about Sheriff Arpaio.
It would seem that Arpaio had stacked the police force with those who were racially biased against Latinos, had encouraged his men to bring in any person who remotely looked like an illegal immigrant, placed them in cells that had routinely failed health inspections, and denied them a right to a lawyer. Arpaio’s philosophy was that they were guilty until they were proven innocent.
Once Lacey and Larkin discovered this horrible reality, they made it public through the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media. When Arpaio heard this occurred, he decided to get revenge.
He gathered his thugs and piled them into unmarked SUVs and headed the Phoenix area homes of these two men where he would illegally enter their homes and remove them under the cover of darkness. However quiet Arpaio wanted to make this, it blew up into national news.
Within twenty four hours, the story that a fascist sheriff and illegally detained two men spread like wild fire through the country and Arpaio was forced to let them go. This would be a blessing for Lacey and Larkin.
Michael and Jim would go on to sue the Maricopa County and win a settlement of $3.75 million. This settlement would be used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This Fund supports groups that advocate for civil and human rights.
Each group they support must be an advocate for free speech and civic participation. Many of the groups assisted have operations based in Arizona that are focused on fully opening up the Mexican border.