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How the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund has Transformed Arizona

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is a well-recognized charity organization that is focused on offering financial aid to Arizona-based civil and immigrant rights advocates. The fund has been operational for about one decade, and its proprietors are Michal Lacey and Jim Larkin. These two individuals are revered journalists who are appreciated for the efforts that they have made to defend the rights of immigrants who are based in the United States.

They are also the owners of the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Michael and Jim’s careers have faced several obstacles including having to defend their Fifth Amendment rights. In October 2007, the duo was arrested for publishing a story that revealed how the Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio and a grand jury abused their power.

According to the article that Jim and Michael published, the grand jury intimidated journalists who wrote negative stories about Joe Arpaio. At one time, it even issues a subpoena that forced the New Times magazine to give the names of its subscribers who read stories about the sheriff on its website. Arpaio oppressed immigrants and profiled them along highway checkpoints.

Lacey and Larkin sued the country for their illegal arrest and violation of their Fifth Amendment rights. The court ordered the county to pay them a settlement fee of $3.75 million. The money assisted them to finance the establishment of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund, which currently funds a couple of activists who protect the rights of the immigrants.

The American Civil Liberties Union is an organization that has been running for the past six decades. Its primary goal is to fight for the abolition of any legislations that oppress immigrants. In 1960, the ACLU’s Arizona branch won a court case the led to the eradication of a law that made multi-racial marriages illegal in the state. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The organization also championed for the release of Ernesto Miranda who was an immigrant and had been sent to jail for rape. The only evidence that the court used against him was a statement that he had offered to the police. His case led to the creation of the Miranda warning, which allows the suspects to remain silent when they are in the custody of the police.

The ACLU is determined to transform the lives of immigrants. It also won a case that the led to the abolition of a law that made all immigrants ineligible for bail. The organization advocated for the elimination of the “Papers Please” SB 1070 legislation that allowed the sheriff department and local police to enact enforcement laws. The ACLU is working to ensure that immigrants are not deported for petty crimes such as lack of proper work papers.