Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are writers, activists, and journalists living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the most recent issues surrounding the two activists were the pardon given to Joe Arpaio, who is considered as one of the most racist individuals in the United States.
He was given a pardon due to humanitarian concerns, but for Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, someone like him does not deserve any humanitarian consideration. They believed that he was released because of his alliance with the current president and because they have the same stand regarding the issue of illegal immigration. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Joe Arpaio served as the Maricopa County sheriff from 1992 to 2016, and he was known as the Toughest Sheriff in America. He rose to fame after news broke out about an alleged Tent City where illegal migrants are detained and are subjected to hard labor and extreme environments.
Many people thought that the rumors about the tent city were not real, but everyone was shocked when they found out that the stories within the tent city happened in real life.
Some of the stories include prisoners being put under the blazing sun and being left alone during the night to freeze. Another story within the tent city was the death of a woman who was not given any medical attention after she stated that she would be giving birth. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and https://michael-lacey.com/
According to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the creation of the tent city is a violation of the constitution and a violation of human rights. Another issue surrounding Joe Arpaio is his involvement in racial discrimination and profiling complaints.
The migrant population living in Phoenix, Arizona complains that Joe Arpaio often threatens them with deportation once he found out that they are immigrants. After so many instances of racial discrimination and profiling took place, he was reported to the county attorney’s office, and he was warned multiple times to stop. However, he ignored the warnings and continued doing what he wanted against the migrants.
The county attorney’s office acted because of how Joe Arpaio responded, and they arrested him due to the grounds of contempt. He was taken to the prison and was put behind bars, but he confidently stated that Donald Trump would help him to get out if he wins the election.
The worst fears of Michael Lacey, Jim Larkin, and all other activists came true after Donald Trump won the election. It was only a matter of weeks when they found out that Joe Arpaio has been pardoned. The supporters of the migrants’ rights organizations have pleaded the president to reverse the decision, but they were not successful.
Joe Arpaio announced that he will be running for Senate now that he is a free man once again. His candidacy was backed by some of the officers in the Republican Party, and this concerns Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
They do not want a racist individual to hold office in the Senate because it will be disastrous for the migrants, and as a result, the two are campaigning against Joe Arpaio.