In border towns, it is sometimes hard for people to have rights. Things are judged on skin color, and it can be hard to tell who is documented and who is not. In fact, it’s so hard for people like Joe Arpaio that they feel the need to charge people with crimes based on their skin color. He did terrible things to the people who were in a border town in Arizona, and he made it hard for them to live their lives as successfully as possible because of the issues that came from the things he was doing. He wanted to eliminate all the Mexican influence in the town and would do what he could to make it happen.
Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey realized what he was doing. They were already working as activists and had their own publication they talked about things that were going on and things that were illegal. They knew they could talk about Joe Arpaio without the fear that many people had so they made the choice to create a story about what he was doing. They found information that was public knowledge and used it to create a story about Joe Arpaio. They wanted people to see what he was doing.
There were many issues that came from it, though. He arrested them and tried to charge them with crimes they hadn’t committed. They were simply practicing freedom of the press, and they had done everything they did legally without worrying about the issues that were going to come as a result of the things he had done on his own. It was a way for them to try and make things harder on him, but they got in trouble for it. Still, they knew the charges would not stick because they were illegal.
After the men decided to fight Joe Arpaio, he started to back down. He knew he had a huge problem and eventually settled out of court. While he is still causing problems in Arizona, the men are using the story to help gain support against him. They know they will be able to make his job harder. They also know they will be able to push him to stop being corrupt. The men use the Frontera Fund to help people who have been harmed by Joe Arpaio and who want the help they need to get out of legal situations.