The United States of American will be holding another election this year, termed as a “midterm” election. Some personalities have already expressed their willingness to run for the position as a senator and a representative, but one of these declarations raised the eyebrows of Latino Americans and other migrants coming from the south.
Joe Arpaio, dubbed as America’s toughest sheriff, expressed his interest to run as a Senator. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
He declared his candidacy shortly after President Donald Trump pardoned him due to the case of contempt. Joe Arpaio stated that if ever he will be elected into the Senate, he will do everything to get rid of illegal migrants, and he would also take a tough stance on those who wanted to enter the United States without the appropriate documents.
The pardoning of Joe Arpaio garnered adverse reactions, especially from migrants’ rights movement and activists such as Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They stated that the decision of President Donald Trump is one of the worst ever because he released a monster from prison.
They accused Joe Arpaio of violating the rights of the migrants, and the duo also expressed their experience under the watch of the former Maricopa County sheriff. Since holding the position as the county sheriff in 1992, Joe Arpaio has been the subject of exposes released by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin through their publication called The Phoenix New Times.
They would gather evidence about the involvement of the sheriff in several corrupted transactions, and they will be informing the public about it.
Joe Arpaio grew tired of all the accusations by the two reporters, so he dedicated himself to creating a case against the two that would bring them to the court.
In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested from their homes, and they were taken before Joe Arpaio. The former Maricopa County sheriff told them that he has been waiting for them to do something that would trigger their arrest.
He accused the two of publishing his private information online and leaking some confidential information about the decision of the jury who are looking after a particular case. The two were sent to jail, and Joe Arpaio is dedicated to having them locked up for life.
The event has reached the confines outside the prison, and many broadcasters have rallied behind Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. They stated that what Joe Arpaio is doing is a clear violation of the Constitution.
Migrant groups have also condemned Joe Arpaio for abusing his power and requested for the two journalists to be released. The judge who handles the controversial case has seen that the case filed by Joe Arpaio has no basis, and no concrete evidence would indict the two accused.
In the end, they had to release Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin due to poor evidence, and the two filed a counter lawsuit for their arrest. They won the case and were awarded over $3 million. This was soon used for the creation of the Frontera Fund.