For the past 10 years Arizona has seen an influx of migrants into the state. This presents many new opportunities for those Mexican citizens who may have not had access to alternative ways of life in Mexico. Many of them come searching for a better future and better ways of protecting and caring for their families.
The immigrants who have come in through the Arizona border have been forced to do so as a direct result of the increased militarization of border patrol along the US and Mexico border in California. Operation Gatekeeper was the name given to the abrupt change in policy to keep immigrants out of the United States.
When immigrants cross the border into America through California, New Mexico, and Arizona they face harrowing conditions. They must brave the harsh desert, deadly desert creatures, corrupt cartels who engage in kidnapping and human trafficking, and the guns at border patrol.
Between the years of 2003 and 2004 alone, more than 234 immigrants died along the journey. By 2005v the numbers increased to 282. Every year, the number continues to grow.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists in Arizona; they founded the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. Recently, due to unlawful actions taken by sheriffs in Arizona, the two were illegally apprehended and arrested.
They were eventually released and awarded a $3.75 million settlement. They used the money to fund various organizations dedicated to increased migrant rights in Arizona. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
The arrest of Lacey and Larkin was a direct violation of their 1st Amendment Rights as American citizens. They were kidnapped from their homes in the dark of night and dragged into jail cells because of unconstitutional grand jury proceedings requesting the notes from reporters who were covering Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The fallout from the case resulted in the uncovering of mass infringement on the constitutional rights of citizens. It was revealed that citizens who had nothing to do with the case had been placed under surveillance.
Reports show that a grand jury in Arizona requested the identities of regular citizens who had read the New Times article concerning the case. This is a classic example of the mass surveillance state we live in in the United States.
Michael and Jim have created the Lacey and Larkin Fund to defend the rights of civils rights advocates. It is important that we support services like this, because without them, the surveillance state will prevail. Lacey and Larkin are supporting the advancement of all oppressed groups including migrants, minorities, and women.
They are strict proponents of the freedom of speech and have sacrificed their time and resources to protecting this vital freedom. The Lacey and Larkin fund represents the true meaning of “Make America Great Again.”