Becoming a political activist in the United States of America should be seen as a great honor. It allows you to change what you do not believe in so that the country can be formed into the dream utopia that you long for it to be.
Activism has always been a part of the USA and it is the reason that we have women’s rights today as well as civil rights, though it seems we still have a long way to go in each of these things. One of the biggest issues of our time is how we treat immigrants coming to the United States of America.
Immigrants are not just composed of the Hispanic groups but also of refugees coming from war-torn countries and people who are just seeking the American dream and wanting a better life. How are we going to treat these people who see the United States of America as their Savior?
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin believe that the United States of America should have a system of processes in place so that any immigrant coming to our country can be integrated into it in a healthy way. They have published their opinion in the Village Voice Media.
While over 9 million readers firmly believe what they are saying, there have been those of push back against Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. One of those men is Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin and http://james-larkin.com/press/
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio sees himself as the antithesis of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. This is due to the fact that they have often report about his illegal police methods. They were able to show through eyewitness testimony and internal memos the Sheriff Joseph Arpaio hired and fired within the Maricopa County Police Department based on racial tendencies.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were also those who reported on the conditions within the Maricopa County jail. Sheriff Joseph Arpaio had been known to allow the Hispanic men to be treated as if they were undergoing hard labor. By denying them the proper hydration needed many of them had heat strokes and heart attacks underneath the Arizona summer heat. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio showed his true colors and went against the law by arresting Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin with a false warrant. This move by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio proved to be a blessing the immigration cause.
The nation became aware of just how cruel certain people in the government were toward the immigrant. When the nation heard that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were improperly imprisoned they cried out in unison that these two men would receive justice.
With the help of many other nonprofits these two men were able to file a successful lawsuit against the Maricopa County in response to what Sheriff Arpaio had done.
With the settlement money, they would begin their own nonprofit known as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. This nonprofit exists to train young activists to fight for immigration reform and provides them with capital for the job.