The United States of America had always been a shining light of liberty and opportunity for immigrants everywhere. When times were hard in their country, their minds would wander off and think of better places, and inevitably, their mind would fall on this great country. Something has changed though.
No longer do the citizens of this land warmly welcome those who struggle. They want to keep the prosperity for themselves. Luckily, many voices, like that of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, are speaking up and demanding we return to what truly made our country great. To accomplish this, Lacey and Larkin started the Frontera Fund. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | LinkedIn
The mission of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is to establish grassroots operations so that change is in the hands of the people. They accomplish this by donating funds to non-profits who fight for immigrant civil rights and the freedom of speech.
These local non-profits then go and promote change within their sphere of influence. These two men are passionate about empowering others to fight for their beliefs because that is how the Frontera Fund was born.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are open advocates for an open border in the state of Arizona, and they have promoted this idea everywhere they have gone. This has put them in the direct opposition to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff Arpaio has been called America’s Toughest Sheriff by several conservative media outlets. However, this was just a semantic label that covered his blatant racism. As Lacey and Larkin investigated Arpaio further, they discovered that he had fired non-racist police officers and replaced them with others who were racially biased.
Not only that, but he strongly encouraged his police force, which he viewed as his private military, to avoid pulling over real Americans and instead focus their time and rounding up illegal immigrants. The worst part was that when Hispanics were brought to the jail, they were put in cells of substandard conditions and mistreated many times to the point of death.
Lacey and Larkin announced their findings on their outlet Village Voice Media. Arpaio retaliated by storming into their homes in the middle of the night and demanding they hand over the evidence. When they refused, they were arrested. Lacey and Larkin would sue the Maricopa County for illegal activity and use the $3.75 million that they won to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.