The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a foundation that was established to support various organizations that are devoted to fighting for the right of the immigrants who live in Arizona. The body currently offers its support to more than 20 institutions that are based in the state. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the founders of Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The two are journalists who have devoted themselves to fighting for the rights of immigrants.
They have also established foundations such as Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The two journalists used $3.75 million in a settlement, which was a move that was not taken well by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. On October 18, 2007, the sheriff arrested them in the middle of the night for informing the public on a grand jury that oppressed journalists who wrote stories that targeted him.
The grand jury had issued a subpoena the demanded for the revealing of the identities of all the individuals who were reading stories about Joe Arpaio on New Times’ website. The sheriff and his deputies oppressed the journalists for many years. They spent most of their career striving to uphold and defend their Fifth Amendment rights. Michael Lacey and Michael Lacey sued the county government, and they have eventually pursued lawsuits to the United States Court of Appeals.
Their foundation has offered its support to different institutions, and the first one to receive its funding was Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Lacey and Larkin have always appreciated that affiliations that they make with organizations that are devoted to advocating for the rights of immigrants.
American Civil Liberties Union is an institution that was formed in 1959 to ensure that the rights of all the immigrants are respected. It has branches across the country. In 1960, the Arizona division of ACLU won a lawsuit that was against that law that has burned inter-race marriages in Arizona. It also fought to defend Ernesto Miranda who was a laborer and had been sent to prison for rape based on the testimony that he gave to the authorities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Since the winning of the case, the police have been obligated to read the Miranda Warning to suspects before any form of interrogation. The ACLU also filled the Melendres vs. Arpaio litigations where a federal judge declared decides that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputy sheriffs were conducting racial profiling activities at traffic stops. The sheriff was barred by the court from performing any unconstitutional policy and executing immigration.
The Arizona division of ACLU has also been working to ensure that casual laborers’ freedom of speech is respected. The organization used the court to abolish a law that was against offering bail to immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter
The ACLU also filed a petition to eliminate the “Papers Please” SB 1070, which granted permission to the Arizona police to enforce immigration laws. It is currently working to put an end to Arizona’s legislation, which rules that immigrants who are caught with fake work documents should be deported. It is also against the executive order of Governor Jan Brewer to stop the issue of driving licenses to young immigrants.
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