Through the years, the migrant population in Maricopa County, Arizona, has lived in fear because of the constant threatening that they are experiencing from their sheriff, Joe Arpaio. He was dubbed as the Toughest Sheriff in America, and he is notorious for abusing the migrants violently.
One of the most popular infamous deeds by Joe Arpaio was his tent city, comparable to concentration camps for migrants. He would be detaining those migrants who are found undocumented into the tent city leaving them under the scorching Arizona sun.
There are instances wherein the migrant would die because of heat stroke, but Joe Arpaio does not care. He even let a pregnant woman give birth inside the concentration camp and denied her of any medical assistance just because she is undocumented. There are reports that the woman has died, but Joe Arpaio was not even implicated because of his deeds.
Joe Arpaio has been practicing racial profiling since he sat in the position of being a sheriff I 1992. He would always arrest people of color, and threaten them with deportation. The migrant community in Maricopa County, Arizona has already sent a letter to the county attorney’s office saying that Joe Arpaio is abusing his powers and using it to discriminate others.
The county attorney’s office has sent Joe Arpaio a warning, but he never listened to them and continued harassing the migrants. The court found that he can be arrested for contempt, and soon, Joe Arpaio found himself inside the jail. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
He has never shown any signs of repentance, and he even stated that if Donald Trump would win as the next president, he will be released as soon as possible. After the victory of Donald Trump, Joe Arpaio was indeed pardoned and was released from the prison. He thanked the newly elected president for doing what is right, and the former Maricopa County sheriff is planning to run for the Senate.
Migrant rights activists like Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were surprised by the decision of Donald Trump to pardon Joe Arpaio. They have expressed their hate and disgust about the decision of the president, stating that a man like Joe Arpaio does deserve to rot in jail for his atrocities against the migrants.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are also victims of Joe Arpaio, and they claimed that his men arrested them in the middle of the night, and they were put behind bars for something they did not do. Luckily, the judge handling their case found out no strong evidence against them and released them from the jail.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, later on, filed a lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and they won the case, and they were given $3.75 million cash as payment for damages. This amount was later used to establish the Frontera Fund, and it aims to help migrants who are in need. After Joe Arpaio announced his plans to become a senator, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been actively campaigning against him.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin legendary foundation of the Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund was founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin to support the organizations and all the groups that support and advocate for the rights of the migrants and other citizens. This Fund had come as a result of their arrest by one of the deputy County Sheriffs who because they exposes a secret about an investigation that was going on about their fellow sheriff called Joe Arpaio about his long time feud with the Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin as the founders of the Phoenix New Times paper, they were always concerned about the rights of the fellow citizens in Arizona who used to be mistreated because most of them were migrants. Most of Arizona residents used to live in the Arizona slums and they used to be denied their rights even the freedom of speech especially n the public.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is one of the people in the authority who used to abuse the rights of the migrants. He used to give force orders to the migrants especially the women and detaining them even without the proof or the evidence that they did not have the right migrant status. Well this was against the constitution of the United States but due to his hatred for these people he could not dare to follow the laws of the constitution that were in favor of the migrants.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who were always devoted and committed to campaign for the rights of other citizens, wrote about Joe Arpaio in their paper and exposed him to the public by telling the readers about the how the Sheriffs had planned to cover the mistakes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This is what led to their arrest. Fortunately, the truth was exposed during the court hearing and the charges dropped. Joe Arpaio was also charged a settlement fee to pay Michael and Jim Larkin for false accusations.