How the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Funds has Stopped Immigrant Harassment
Michael Lacey and Jim Larking are revered journalists who are recognized for their outstanding efforts in fighting for social justice. They are both determined to make a difference by advocating for the rights of immigrants who are based in Arizona. The two are founders of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund that is currently serving as a benefactor to various organizations that support civil, human, and migrant rights.
They have achieved a lot in the career as journalists, and this includes establishing the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They have been battling with authorities to defend their freedom of speech.
In 2007, the two individuals were arrested by the Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County for refusing to give the notes and informants who told them about his illegal activities. They had also been subpoenaed by a jury to submit a list of people who read their stories online, but they defied the order. Michael and Jim sued Maricopa County, and they were given $3.75 million after winning the case in the U.S Supreme Court.
They decided to use the money in fighting for the rights of immigrants by establishing the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The organization is recognized in Arizona for offering vital support to groups that are dedicated to protecting the minorities from oppression.
The organization that Michael and Jim established has been a benefactor to the American Civil Liberties Union. The group has been conducting campaigns to abolish laws that were created to oppress immigrants, and it has currently established branches across the country. It has a successful division that has been operating in Arizona since 1959.
The office has worked with legal professionals who volunteer to protect the rights and freedom of minority groups. In 1960, it filed a case that stopped the enforcement of a law that had illegalized the multi-cultural marriages in the region.
The ACLU of Arizona was significantly involved in Ernesto Miranda’s appeal case. Miranda was a Latin laborer and had been imprisoned for raping a woman. His statement to the police was the only evidence that the prosecutor used in the case. The ACLU managed to secure Ernesto’s release from prison. The case was widely argued, and it led to the passing of the Miranda law offers people a right to remain silent when they are in police custody. The organization also strived to release Michael and Jim from prison after they had been arrested by the Maricopa County sheriff.
Another major case that the ACLU of Arizona has won was one that brought the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation to an end. The law targeted immigrants since it had allowed the police and sheriff departments to enforce immigration policies. It led to the harassment and profiling of immigrants at traffic checkpoints across the state.
The ACLU has also devoted itself to protecting the freedom of speech of day laborers. It has been opposing the deportation of foreigners who live and work in the United States but lack proper work documents.