The formation of the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund have unfortunate roots which have led to a fortunate outcome for those who are less fortunate. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, both journalists and co-founders of the online media outlet Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, were arrested unexpectedly in their homes in the middle of the night on October 18th, 2007, by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff.
Their arrest was due to the journalists revealing certain information about the lawman that the county did not wish to get out. This was apparent in the grand jury’s reaction to their arrest, which was to insist on gathering the personal information and identity of everyone who had even read the article about the sheriff online. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
This arrest resulted in the county being sued by the pair of journalists, who won the favor of the ninth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals and accepted a settlement of $3.75 million. This settlement money went to both individuals, who decided to use the money towards a cause that they care for most of all.
That cause is to help other organizations reach their own goals of achieving human, civil, and immigrant rights across Arizona. Their efforts concentrate heavily on Mexican border patrol abuse and on the struggles of those trying to migrate over the border, or “la línea fronteriza” – hence the name, the Frontera Fund.
The Frontera Fund website also aims to provide its viewers with enlightening information about what is really going on in the humanitarian world of Arizona, especially when it comes to the Mexican border. You can visit their website and see all sorts of recent news articles with images and insider’s information, with accurate date and time stamps and links to outside resources, in order to further back up the credibility of the articles.
One such article has to do with the recent bill that has been passed only recently on June 7th, in regards to the border patrol themselves. This bill, which again has already been passed, will make corruption in the border patrol even more likely. Read more: Phoenix New Time
This is because this new bill, called the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act – which is a purposely misleading title – lowers the hiring standards for those who are applying to be part of the border patrol. This means they no longer require necessary measures to check on an individual’s mental health before bringing them on, such as no longer requiring a mandatory lie detector test.
Some would argue that you don’t need a polygraph test, due to how unreliable it might be. That is false, since more than two-thirds of applicants who take the polygraph test end up failing. That is a high number that should not be overlooked, since it is measures like these that help weed out unreliable and potentially unstable individuals from being put into a position of authority.
The reason this bill has been passed is to meet a quota that was promised by Trump’s administration, which means they are seeking quantity over quality in regards to the safety of both immigrants and Americans.