Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists who have dedicated their lives to defending human rights. The duo co-founded Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, avenues through which they speak for the voiceless and particularly immigrants. Sometime back, the two journalists were arrested by Sheriff Joe Arpaio from their respective homes.
When people got to know about it, they filled Arizona city with uproars demanding justice for Jim and Lacey. Arpaio had arrested them late in the night on claims of funding immigrants’ rights foundations throughout Arizona. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had also exposed the presence of ostentatious jury proceedings that kept seeking notes from their articles, especially those unmasking the Sherriff.
Ruling From the Bench
After investigations, it was concluded that Jim and Michael should not have been arrested. As it is, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a way of doing things his way and does not care about the rights of the people. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Arpaio had also argued that the duo exposed his residence, which had long been hidden from the public for what he cited as security reasons. Joe had to compensate these journalists for having taken unlawful steps against them, ending up violating their rights.
As a result, Jim and Michael received a settlement of $3.75 million. Their deep commitment to their causes got them channeling Frontera Fund to the support of organizations advocating for human, civil, and migrants rights. The funds will also go a long way in fighting for civic participation and freedom of speech across Arizona.
Efforts by 350 Community Organizations to Protect the Immigrants From Being Tagged as Criminals
Recently, Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund joined 350 community organizations in signing against HR9637, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which is a bill in Congress.
In their letter, they urged the representatives to oppose the “Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act,” because of the implication the wording had on the migrants. According to them, the legislation tended to create a new explanation of the expression “criminal gang,” where they also attached draconian migration fines to that definition. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
How inhuman! As it is, the bill targeted the innocent immigrants who never committed any criminal offense for deportation. It would be so unkind of America to violate the obligations of those seeking asylum in their nation. The bill, as explained in the letter, only depicted sheer racial profiling and other unlawful police force practices against the poor asylum seekers.
What’s In The Bill?
The said bill targeted any non-citizen, regardless of their loyalty to America’s law and their input to the growth of the county’s infrastructure.
As long as you are a non-citizen, then you could be taken into custody, detained, and expatriated on the claims of being a “gang member.” This is such a low evidentiary that would only impose unnecessary guilt on the neighboring communities of color.
The so-called criminals would be charged by their color and not necessarily participating in crimes. The organization joined by Larkin and Lacey were acting to bar such bills rising to demonize migrant communities. The world needs more of such sound-minded and bold authorities.
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