Toward the end of 2017, President Donald Trump took a radical step to pardon one of the notorious sheriffs in the history of the United States known as Joe Arpaio. Arpaio had been accused of using the issue of immigration to oppress thousands of immigrants who were living in Maricopa County. He used the powers given to him to punish anyone who he found to be in the county illegally. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Micheal Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/the-enduring-sins-of-joe-arpaio-michael-lacey-and-jim-larkin-speak-out-in-response-to-trumps-pardon-of-americas-worst-sheriff/ and http://releasefact.com/2017/09/jim-larkin-and-michael-lacey-continue-fight-for-latino-rights-after-pardoning-of-joe-arpaio/
The pardon given to the sheriff was a low point in the administration of Trump less than a year after he took the powers. Human and civil right activists from Arizona described the move by Donald Trump as a violation of universal human rights.
Among the people who were greatly affected by the step taken by President Trump were journalist Michel Lacey and Jim Larkin. They had spent years exposing the actions of the sheriff to the public through the Phoenix New Times, a paper they used to own.
They were annoyed that the president had pardoned a man who was the cause of many deaths and suffering of innocent immigrants living in Maricopa County. The pardon showed that the administration of President Trump does not respect the rights of immigrants. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
It should however not come as a surprise that Trump pardoned Arpaio. The two believe in the same ideologies regarding immigration. They have been cooperating even before Trump was the president. They were behind the birther movement that condemned immigration into the United States.
It is not a wonder to see Trump making the utterances he makes about immigration. He is a racist just like Arpaio. The pardon given to Arpaio was a show of the common ideologies that they share. Trump saw nothing with the actions of Arpaio when he tortured innocent immigrants.
President Trump has been looking for opportunities to stop immigration into the United States especially for people from some regions. After the pardon of Arpaio, Michael Lacey described Trump as a “moron.”
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have had a long battle with the former sheriff. They exposed him, something he did not like, he wanted to punish them, and in 2007, he arrested them in the middle of the night as if they were thugs and bundled them into the back of trucks.
They were driven to separate jails where they were held for 24 hours. They were later released after public pressure became too much for the people.