Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been instrumental in the fight for immigrant rights in the United States. During their legal battle with Joe Arapio, the duo overcame much adversity to protect the rights of citizens and immigrants. Joe Arapio was the previous sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. He has a long history of infringing upon human rights.
Thanks to the diligent work of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the atrocities committed by Joe Arapio are publicly documented. He’s been the cause of broken families and shattered dreams. His prisons were more like death camps – complete with a city of tents and inhumane conditions. He’s left thousands of corpses in his wake and manipulated the United States’ judicial system for his political gain. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Facebook
Joe Arapio is a shining example of bigotry and racism and he is everything that is wrong with America. Donald Trump may have pardoned him, but that does not exalt him of the guilt, the murder, the shame he has brought upon this country.
In a gross infringement of the Constitution, Joe Arapio ordered his deputes to arrest Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin black bag style. They were abducted from their homes in the dead of night. Then they were driven to the Maricopa County jail by unmarked detectives in cars with Mexican plates.
The heinous act was done because of an article (after a long history of other articles) was published in the New Times outlining the improper actions taken by then sheriff Joe Arapio.
The sheriff had used his political influence to open an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate authenticity, sway judiciaries, even lobby Senators. He figured he would use his political might to crush Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The dreamers, forward thinkers, innovators, and unlikely leaders are the ones who make this country great. They are the ones who inspire us to strive for tomorrow. In the hopes that together we can make a better future.
Lacey and Larkin are two such strong leaders. They have joined the ranks of others who fight for immigrant rights and they will not let up.
The pair were awarded a $3 million settlement from Maricopa County and used the funds to start the Frontera Fund. They are doing the work of crusading for the future. They fight for bills like the Dream Act and support migrant workers’ rights. They have saved families from being broken up and continue to make affective changes every day.
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