Immigration may be a very hot topic in the United States of America today, but that does not mean neither worldview is correct. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin firmly believe that America should be pro-immigration and a system should be in place to welcome Hispanics to this great country. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
However, they understand that many Americans have a very negative viewpoint of Hispanics entering this country. They seek to change that viewpoint through the many publications that come out of the Village Voice Media and their nonprofit, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund was not only created to stop the atrocities being committed toward immigrants, but was actually born out of an injustice that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had to endure at the hands of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin attempted to sway the minds of their fellow American citizens by detailing the various acts that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio was guilty of committing. They thought that as they showed how evil the Maricopa County Sheriff was that at least the people of Arizona would understand that the way we treat immigrants is wrong.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were the ones who detailed how atrocious the Hispanic population was being treated in the Maricopa County prison system. They were able to uncover evidence that the most unsanitary jail cells were reserved for Hispanic men and women.
They also uncovered evidence that showed Sheriff Joseph Arpaio not only turning a blind eye but also encouraging security guards to ruthlessly beat down Hispanic men and women who did not comply immediately with their orders.
In addition to this, they uncovered evidence that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio would force Hispanic men to do hard labor out in the Arizona summer as if this was some concentration camp.
Perhaps the most disturbing thing that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin uncovered was the rate of suicide inside the Maricopa County prisons were 400% greater than any other prison in America.
Many coroners wrote down that these alleged suicides could not have happened in solitary confinement.
News about this broke out nationally and Sheriff Joseph Arpaio found himself in hot water. Rather than dealing with this in a judicial way, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio thought he could take justice into his own hands.
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio rounded up his gang of deputies and secretly went to the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin with a forged warrant. Using this forged warrant, he was able to gather all evidence that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin possessed which would incriminate him.
He of course been destroyed the evidence. He did not know that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have made copies just in case this event occurred.
The story would go national and Sheriff Joseph Arpaio would be indicted on charges of violating the First Amendment of the Constitution as well as manipulating the justice system.