Hispanics Deserve Immigration Rights
Individuals who take a stand against wrong and evil deserve to be respected by you and I. It is by standing against dangerous philosophies that the world has a chance to grow in goodness.
This is why I have dedicated my own life to affecting change in the hearts of people. When their hearts change, the world will change with it. Two people who understand this are Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michale Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which stands for promoting the rights of immigrants. How this fund got started is rather ironic. It all started because these two brave men stood up against an evil tyrant Maricopa County Arizona.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio was promoted as “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” This title came from his tough stance on immigration reform in the state of Arizona. On a surface level, this may appear noble, but it was his means and methods that were objectionable.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin discovered these objectionable methods and wanted to bring them to light. They did so through their outlets known as the Village Voice Media and the Pheonix New Times.
They found records suggesting that Sheriff Arpaio had committed vast money laundering, though they did not discover enough evidence to convince him. He mismanaged this money to cover up the rest of his illegal operations. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
These unlawful activities were, giving inmates poor health treatment while detained, making the deaths of jail inmates look like accidents, and his blatant persecution of the Latino people.
Arpaio was known to use his influence to enact revenge on those who he believed wronged him which is precisely what would happen to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. It would be from this incident that the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund came into existence.
On the night of October 18, 2007, black, cloaked SUVs pulled into the driveways belonging to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Out of those SUVs stepped Arpaio’s SEU. The “Selective Enforcement Unit” would illegally go into Michael and Jim’s Larkin’s homes and forcefully remove them. After the two men refused to hand over any incriminating evidence, Arpaio had them transported to separate jails and illegally interrogated.
The nation bonded together to ensure that Lacey and Larkin were freed. Upon release, Lacey and Larkin would win a lawsuit against the Maricopa Country for a total of $3.75 million.
The funds from the lawsuit would be used to promote immigrant rights, freedom of speech, community awareness, and civic participation. This fund would also provide starting capital for non-profits who sought to promote a smoother process for Hispanics become respected citizens of the United States of America.