Human Rights Journalists Jim Larkin And Michael Lacy Make Their Feelings Known On Trump’s Pardon Of Arpaio

President Trump had a lot of outspoken and brash personalities support him on his run to the Presidency, but perhaps none more outspoken than the most famous immigration enforcer former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio was set to be charged with various abuses of power and corruption during his time as sheriff, but President Trump determined to make sure his longtime supporter was given a free pass.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacy, the founders of the Frontera Fund and longtime journalists had been named as some of Arpaio’s top enemies, and they said that Trump’s pardoning him is a sign of weakness in the justice system. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: and

Even though Arpaio may not have gotten the penalty that Larkin and Lacey felt he deserved, they indicated that they would continue to speak out against injustices that those in the Latino communities had suffered under his watch.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey’s latest battle against the former Maricopa County sheriff led to the founding of the Frontera Fund. This organization seeks to help those in the Latino immigrant communities in Phoenix and other cities across the US, and it does so by partnering with other organizations dedicated to immigration reform.

Larkin and Lacey hope to stop the mass deportations that occur during ICE raids, continue the DACA program that President Obama began and fight for other issues such as lower college tuition for immigrants. They hope most importantly to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents.

Larkin and Lacey were originally the owners of Village Voice Media and its newspaper edition the Phoenix New Times. Back in the early 1970s they began the newspaper as part of a college paper at Arizona State University, but as its sales picked up they dropped out of college to publish the news articles full-time.

Their original stories focused on student activist groups that most newspapers portrayed as being extreme agitators during the Vietnam War, and Larkin and Lacey sought to bring the truth out about incidents such as the Kent State shootings.

The Phoenix New Times was grown into multi-city editions and had quite a reach by the 1990s. Some of its authors put together compelling pieces on events such as 9/11 and the Enron scandal.

The battle Larkin and Lacey had with former Sheriff Arpaio was one that began during the 1990s but it reached its height around 2007. Incidents involving law enforcement raids into immigrant neighborhoods as well as mysteries surrounding properties purchased by the Sheriff that seemed to exceed his salary prompted investigative journalism from Larkin and Lacey.

But when Arpaio took issue with their reporting, he had his deputies arrest the two men and public outrage followed. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia

After the judge dropped the case against the Phoenix New Times, Larkin and Lacey filed a lawsuit against Arpaio which was honored with a $3.75 million settlement in 2013.

That money was used to startup the Frontera Fund and its now become the focal point of their journalism. The Frontera Fund has received high reviews from various civil rights foundations.

A Look at the Future OF the DACA Program

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program that has cushioned undocumented youth immigrants against deportation. Through this initiative, eligible youth immigrants can acquire work permits, which allow them to work in the United States. Besides the group of people targeted by the DACA program benefits from in-state-tuition fees and are free to acquire driving licenses. Beneficiaries of the DACA program are expected to renew their membership after every two years.


The DACA program has brought numerous benefits to the United States. A huge number of the beneficiaries of the program either study or work in the US. This has greatly benefited universities and colleges across the country. The access to education by young immigrants enables them to secure high paying jobs, and this means that they will pay more tax. Equally, they are able to invest and create businesses in various sectors of the economy.


The DACA program has been in existence for over five years, and charitable organizations such as Frontera Fund have shown overwhelming support for the program. Frontera Fund is on the frontline in protecting the existence of the program that is on the verge of collapsing due to constant attacks from new administrators.


In the recent past, the DACA program has been at the receiving end of constant attacks orchestrated by members of the GOP. These attacks have sent shockwaves to organizations and networks fighting for the rights of young immigrants. These agencies serve an instrumental purpose in providing young immigrants with guidance, information and assistance. They also agitate for permanent solutions that will sufficiently address the plight of undocumented youth immigrants.


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, one governor and other nine attorneys generals are among the people who have openly expressed their desire for the termination of the DACA program. The legal experts penned a letter to the Trump administration, threatening to seek court action if the program was not revoked before 5th September. According to this legal team, the program should not be brought to a grinding halt at once; it has to be phased out gradually. This can be achieved through ignoring new applications and stopping the processing of renewal requests.


The urge surge in the number of legal cases pushing for the termination of the program prompted the members of the Hispanic Caucus to convene a meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly so as to get a clear understanding on the future of the program. Unfortunately, Kelly confirmed their worst fears that the program that benefits over 800,000 people is nearly collapsing.