The Frontera Fund was founded after a single incident, and a career spent covering important stories, experienced by journalists Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. Both men worked for the same media company in Arizona and made it their mission to expose the misdeeds and gross miscarriages of law enforcement from Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office. As a result of their coverage, the sheriff and his office carried out an illegal arrest of the two men and set out to charge them for writing about issues they had uncovered.
As expected the incident did not go over well, and the office and officers that carried out the arrests were found to be acting outside of the law. Charges were dropped, the office of the Sheriff was determined to have made an illegal arrest, and the public outcry over the incident was loud. In the end, after many years of court dates, the Sheriff’s Office was ordered to settle with Lacey and Larkin.
While the money that the two men gained from the incident was a longtime coming and enough to make their ordeal a little less difficult, they both felt they had to do something more. Lacey and Larkin established the Frontera Fund, a way to benefit Hispanics living in Arizona and protect their civil rights. The two believe that Sheriff Joe Arpaio unjustly targets Hispanics, both immigrants and legal citizens, living in his jurisdiction and trample their rights and freedoms. The work of the Fund has been far reaching and progressive, and its legacy and success is crucial to the health and prosperity of Arizona.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Launching New Websites
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin announced that they would be releasing a new website called the Front Page Confidential, and it is dedicated to those who are fighting for the rights of the migrants, and for the migrants themselves. They also added that the website would feature newsletters and articles which would provide additional information to the migrants and the website will be helpful in looking for jobs and other forms of assistance to those who need it the most. Migrants all across the United States are thanking Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for their continued support for them. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are assuring the migrants that while they are still around, they will be protecting their First Amendment rights from people like Joe Arpaio.
Joe Arpaio, considered to be America’s Toughest Sheriff, has been in controversy for years. Since he stepped in as the sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin kept on exposing him and his cruelty against the migrants. He keeps on violating their rights, and he does not care about what the first amendment of the constitution states. For him, the migrants should leave the United States because they are only a burden to the legitimate citizens of the state. He even arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin for criticizing him, inventing an accusation that was later dropped because of the lack of evidence. In return, the Maricopa County had to pay Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin a staggering $3.75 million for their arrest, which they now use as a private fund called the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This fund is being used to help migrants who are having financial problems, and the two are also using it to fund the programs that they are hosting for the migrants.