The Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund has one of the most heroic foundation stories in the history of American lobby groups. It is not really a lobby group but a fund that supports lobby groups that propagate its drive and goals. It was founded and continues to be funded by the most stubborn American journalists and determined civil rights activists of the 21st century, Michael Lacey, and Jim Larkin.
Before founding the fund, the two had already been making considerable contributions to the empowerment of the American constitution and protection of the oppressed minority groups. They had been brave and selfless journalists who had thrived and suffered in the line of duty exposing abrasive and misguided self-absorbed government officials who were accustomed to exploiting their official capacity to encroach on the rights of members of minority groups.
The two got into serious trouble when they decided to take down the then self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, Mr. Arpiao. The two had set out to determine the credibility of the rumors which had it that the sheriff had been abusing his office by illegally oppressing members of the Hispanic community through;
- Wrongful arrests
- Racial profiling
- Mistreatment of county jailbirds
The corrupt and abusive Mr. Arpiao, angry that the two had objectively collected evidence against his flagrant abuse of the Constitution and his official capacity, moved to wrongfully arrest the two journalists, despite the protected and enshrined position of journalists in the American constitution.
Mike and Jim detained them not for breaking the law or for being in contravention to any of the county’s interests but for personal differences that had occurred between himself and them. His actions betrayed himself and the administration he served as well as the American constitution, and they would later prove to be detrimental for the oppressive officials in all of America.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin sued the county for the sheriff’s transgressions, and they lost. Then, true to their warrior spirit, the two activists appealed all the way to the 19 circuit courts where justice finally prevailed. For wrongfully arresting and detaining journalists who had exposed illegal conduct at the county’s sheriff department, the court ordered Maricopa County to pay Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin 3.7 million dollars as compensation.
The win should have been a big enough victory for all members of minority groups; a valuable lesson that justice really does exist for those persistent enough to fight for it. However, because Americans needed more than just a symbolic win, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin decided to do more in their fight against the oppression of immigrants in the United States.
As the two came to find out through the America is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 83 percent of the 41 million immigrants in the United States get deported without fair trial. Also, through the concerted efforts of numerous lobby groups and civil unions, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund identified laws that seem to be tailored towards criminalizing refugee status in the United States, providing for indefinite and mandatory detention.
In a bid to remedy that, the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund prosecutes such laws in the eyes of the public through campaigns and in law courts through lawsuits and legal challenges. It mainly focuses on aiding the members of the Hispanic community to pursue their rights through litigation. It also supports other minority groups, especially in the cases where they target to obtain hallmark ruling.
Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/