A Reality Check into the Presidential Pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio
A recent Presidential pardon caused widespread protests by people across the United States. The pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio was not matching with the cruelties he did during his office terms in Maricopa County. Several people who are victimized by him came to speak against the Presidential pardon and expressed their disappointment in the development. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were the most prominent victims of the sheriff’s hate campaigns and suppressive measures. They are news reporters and co-owners of Phoenix New Times. Since Arpaio elected to office in 1992, for the first time, the news reporters were exclusively covering the inhuman treatments and scandals committed by him.
Both were arrested in 2007 by the sheriff illegally and put behind cells, which created public anger against the sheriff and his office. While coming to the Presidential pardon, Lacey lashed out at President Trump and said that he is a moron, and the latest act of saving Arpaio proved it. He continued that the development could be explained as a marriage between two crooked individuals. According to him, Arpaio advocated racism, torture, and more, and there were parades of endless corpses in his jails. The sheriff was creating highly brutal jail conditions to experiment new forms of tortures.
A tent city prison was the most infamous, and the sheriff called it as a concentration camp for him. Arpaio was credited with inmate suicides, beating deaths in his prisons, jail fund diversions worth many millions, and more. His jails were also notorious for sex-crimes that were primarily targeting children. Most of those atrocities did not see the light due to nonexistent or poor investigations. However, the harassment towards Latinos ended with Melendres class action, and that finally concluded with the criminal conviction of the sheriff. Lacey expressed his dissatisfaction on the justice system of the country as he thinks that Arpaio would have leveraged by his age even if Trump did not save him.
He also added that the criminal conviction was not deemed to punish the sheriff for his brutal acts but for not following the court order to stop the racial profiling. It meant that people who lost their career and life due to the sheriff would not get their deserving justice. While recollecting the arrests of Larkin and him in 2007, Lacey confirms that the reporters of Phoenix New Times were continuously tortured by the sheriff and his security personals. The reporters of the newspaper were not allowed to attend the press conferences of Arpaio, threatened by the officials, and not providing any county records to the newspaper even after several requests.
While recollecting the incident, Lacey added that he and Larkin arrested from their homes at midnight. They were handcuffed and locked behind bars without the access to the attorney. However, the arrests without following the procedures and not considering the First Amendment rights of the reporters created strong reactions from the civil society. People protested against the arrests, and the public anger made the sheriff to release the journalists within 24 hours. The prolonged legal battle on the breach of the First Amendment rights of the journalists ended in 2013 with a compensation order of $3.75 million to them.
Advocacy Groups Use Technology, Laws and Aggressive Actions to Support Youth Immigrant Rights
When the Trump Administration decided to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), there was a force of opposition within the immigrant community; mostly from younger generations. The program is the only thing that has shielded them from any sort of deportation or adverse actions against their future citizenship.
The youth activists, who are opposing the changes, are among the protesters all across the United States including a sit-in at Trump Towers in New York City where Mr. Trump previously resided. The protest signified to the country that there is a movement taking place that is a nationwide act of solidarity, and a new-age civil rights movement.
One of the more progressive advocacy group’s leading the nationwide protest around the country is moveon.org. MoveOn is the largest and most-effective digitally advanced advocacy group within the technological world. Founded in 1988, the advocacy group can get the word out on social awareness issues faster than other groups. The advocacy group has made it clear that if democrats within Congress refuse to act then grassroots efforts will be elevated for bringing justice for the potentially 800,000 young people facing deportation.
The group’s stand on the immigration issue is supported by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). The NIJC is dedicated to providing assurances to the immigrant community that their human rights and civil protections will be safe-guarded. The group has worked on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers with pro bono attorneys. The advocacy group has been successful with helping more than 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees with legal services. NIJC has set positive precedents throughout the country to accomplish human rights and civil protections using hundreds of attorney’s from some of the most-prestigious and leading law firms in the country.
The Lacey and Larkin Foundation also uses the technological advancements within the modern day world. Founded in 2013, the organization continually builds a foundation of resources, materials and updated policy changes, and conveys the information through all social media platforms and other technological means. The information is available when needed directly for the immigrant community. When Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin first established the fund with a $3.75 million settlement received from a First Amendment landmark case (Lacy v. Arpaio), it was initially due to the anti-Latino conditions within the Arizona community. Since that time, the fund has grown into a nationally recognized support for immigrants and migrant workers including the Arizona youth.
With technology transforming the world into one large market, people are traveling every day to live in different countries. This is in search of employment and survival. To some immigrants, the political and civil status left them with no choice but migrate.
Unfortunately, most countries have policies that make the life of immigrants very difficult. Most of the immigrants, cannot practice democratic rights or participate in any decision making of the country. In the worst scenario, they are denied the most basic needs. As a result, many philanthropist groups have been formed to improve the lives of the immigrants. Some of this humanitarian groups include;
The American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)
AILA was founded in 1946.The Organization was initially known as Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers (AINL).The firm has sufficient law professors and attorney to meet their needs.
AILA foundation is unbiased and serves everyone equally. The firm is a non-profit organization created with an objective of helping the immigrants. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
The attorneys represent the immigrants in acquiring permanent homes in the state. Besides the settling home, the attorneys are committed to educating the people on immigrant’s law.
Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund
The founders of the Frontera Fund are the two journalists who founded Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have been known for fighting for their rights in most times of their career. The two published the evil acts of the Sherriff. On learning this, the sheriff arrested the two journalists from their homes at 12midnight.
The public held demonstrations, demanding their release. Lacey and Larkin were, therefore, released in less than 24 hours. Ongoing to court, the arrest was considered illegal. The two received a compensation of $3.75 million.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money in financing the humanitarian groups of Arizona. Currently, the organization’s project is on the DACA foundation.
DACA foundation was formed to take care of immigrants who are in the state illegally. The organization has 800000 beneficiaries.
The firm gives the members a chance to complete their unfinished business. Some members complete their education while other acquire the legal documentation to remain in the country.
Lately, the foundation is facing some challenges. The Texas Attorney General accused the organization of not having the right documentation to support its existence. The Attorney General with the support of nine other officials has ordered the Trump Government to shut down the organization. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://about.me/michael-lacey
Its close down would cause severe damage to the big number of beneficiaries. The members are worried, especially, after Kelly made his announcement. He said that despite the efforts the staff was putting on the matter, the organization was still unstable.
The Frontera Fund has promised to ensure that the DACA issue finds a permanent solution. This has restored the hope of the members.
The Arizona settlers are very angry at the action taken by the AG. They have described the action as ungrateful and malicious.
The Arizona occupants, explain that the immigrants have also contributed to the well-being of the state. Deportation is, therefore, a mean way to pay back the immigrants.