Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin annoyed by Arpaio’s pardon

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.

Larkin & Lacey

There is a whole rhetoric behind the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund that you must understand. According to this rhetoric, the world is dominated by whites and majority-white countries.

As a result, the world has the most positive bias toward whites and various levels of negative bias toward everyone else. This creates a climate where whites are the most privileged over everyone else. European beauty, social norms and aesthetics are thought of as being “normal,” and everything else is looked at with suspicion.

This social paradigm trickles down into how non-white people are treated on a daily basis. It is ingrained in the psyches of many people, especially whites, and it leads to discrimination. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

Sometimes, when non-white people are discriminated against, the discriminators aren’t purposely trying to discriminate—they just have subconscious thoughts in their minds that encourage them to discriminate.

They may make up other, more palatable reasons for discriminating. Some people who discriminate do it on purpose with the intent of striking fear into people’s hearts, or to make people feel uncomfortable. Either way, discrimination is unfair.

For many years, Sheriff Arpaio was a discriminator. Whether he did it consciously or subconsciously is a whole discussion. Some people talk about him like he is the most evil guy on the planet. Read more: Jim Larkin | Twitter and Michael Lacey | Twitter

To be honest, if he didn’t mean to hurt anybody and thought that he was “just doing his job” by bothering Latino motorists, can we really blame him for being a bad guy? Perhaps he really believed that he wasn’t hurting anybody.

In such a situation, can we really blame him for having racism ingrained in his mind from growing up in American society—a society built off of the backs of colored people?

This is the reason why organizations such as the Lacey and Larkin Frontera fund absolutely need to exist. The problem is not Arpaio, himself.

The problem is that we live in a system where there are so many horrible implications that are deeply and silently ingrained in various levels of society—from the individual level to the national level.

Organizations like the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund help to make people consciously aware of the folly in their ways by supporting organizations that give a voice to Latinos, immigrants and LGBTQ folk.

The more these demographics are able to speak out, the more they will be able to break the silent social order of white privilege and negative bias toward colored people.

The founders, Jim Larkni and Michael Lacey, understand first-hand how disparaging it is to be under the heel of a more privileged person. About 11 years ago, they were wrongfully arrested by Sheriff Arpaio—a man who had a privileged position.

Arpaio, Lacey and Larkin were all white, but Arpaio was politically connected and had the local government at his disposal. Arpaio never faced any sort of jail time or serious consequences for abusing his power. However, some of the people who he harassed won lawsuits over the years.

President Trump will not Sign up New Applications for the DACA Program

People who are not familiar with immigration policy might not understand the importance of DACA. This is a piece of legislation that gives illegal immigrants who were minors before the year 2007, the right to stay within the United States. An illegal alien cannot participate within this program unless they were 16 years old (or younger) before the year 2007. Also, they cannot benefit from DACA if they have committed some type serious criminal offense in the country where they are leaving.

 

President Obama created this program as a means to help young illegal aliens who have adjusted to the American way of life. Remember, very few children cross the border on their own. There is a parent or some type of adult taking them from their homeland to make the journey into the U.S. Once the children arrive and start to make a new life; they have in a sense become an American.

 

The former Obama Administration also set this program into motion to extend the former DREAM ACT which was created in 2001. This legislation was only used once, and it was persistently rejected by Congress during that time. Remember that the DREAM ACT stood for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. This legislation would have helped illegal aliens who entered the country in 2001 to find permanent residency.

 

President Trump does not want to provide aliens (adults or their children) the right to stay in America. Even thought the DACA program extends an illegal alien’s right to stay in the U.S. for a 2-year time period; Trump and many Republicans do now want to offer this type of benefit for illegal aliens.

 

Keep in mind that many illegal aliens that were 16 and younger before 2007 are now between the ages of 11 and 37. Many of these younger Americans attend school, are employed and have a connection with American society. They contribute to their community and many of them have families of their own. They in fact have made the U.S. their home.

 

The Frontera Fund is a monetary endowment that was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The fund was formed in 2007 and it is designed to support organizations that fight for the rights of immigrants and migrants. Civil Rights organizations also benefit from this fund as well. The Frontera Fund is now being used to support various legal organizations that fight to keep this legislation from destroying the lives of over 800,000 registered DACA members. The fund is also important for protecting illegal aliens who never received the benefit from DACA and could be deported at any moment.

 

Frontera Fund founders realize that immigrant people are constantly in danger of being exploited because of their legal status as citizens. The state of Arizona is a border state where immigration issue is extremely complicated. There are many Latino children whose lives will be ripped apart if their parents have to be deported because they no longer remain in the country.

 

There are other major problems to consider as well. President Trump will allow current members of DACA to renew for the program before the March 5, 2018 deadline. However, no new applications will be taken. Lacey and Larkin and their Frontera Fund will continue to fight to help illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. despite Trump’s persistence to remove them.