In the state of Arizona, two brave men are welcoming immigrants coming from the south. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two human rights advocates who are helping migrants coming from war-torn and developing nations in Central and South America.
The two knows how hard it is for the migrants to face a life full of danger, and they wanted to assist them in living comfortable lives away from the usual problems that they face in their home countries. The United States has recently tightened their immigrant laws, and the government has been very aggressive in arresting those who are crossing the border illegally.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are helping those who are crossing the border with Arizona, and through their private fund called the Frontera Fund which has a value of $3.75 million, they assist the migrants in looking for a job and a temporary place to stay.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were classmates at the Arizona State University. They, along with their friends and classmates, established the Phoenix New Times, a newspaper circulating in the city of Phoenix. The newspaper’s first edition was released in 1970, and their first article revolves around the violent Kent State shootings that occurred in the spring of the same year.
As time passed by, the newspaper grew its reach, and they have become one of the most well-known publications in the state. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were living their lives until one of their most significant challenges took place in 2007.
Deputies coming from the Maricopa County arrested Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in 2007, and they were accused of leaking confidential information regarding the case that was filed against the county’s sheriff. According to Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff, the two published the decision of the jury as well as his private address on their website, and he demanded that this information is removed online and all who have seen the info be traced. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
This request from the Maricopa County sheriff received backlash from the public, and the local media companies published the same information on their website in solidarity with Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The judge holding the case dropped the charges against the two because they found no sufficient evidence against the complaint that is being filed to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
After they were released, their lawyer advised them to file charges against the Maricopa County. The two won the lawsuit, and they were awarded $3.75 million. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin then used the staggering amount of cash that they received in helping those who are in need.
They are using the money to fund the temporary shelters of the migrants who are seeking them for help. Successful migrants who were assisted by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in the past often give their own money to the Frontera Fund once they become successful in the United States.
They stated that this is their form of saying thanks to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
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