A peculiar background story revolves around the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. The Fund, which solely exists to put the authorities in constant legal and political problems, was inspired by none other than one of the sheriffs who administered the then great country, Mr. Arpiao. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin caused the end of that cross sheriff who had detained them.
The two, who happen to be veteran journalists, sued the state for wrongful detention, losing and appealing till they finally got to the 19th court hearings at the Supreme Court. They won the case and were awarded 3.7 million dollars as compensation for the infringement of their rights. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
Ultimately, the sheriff’s action inspired the two litigants to finance other such litigation against not just the county but the rest of the United States as well. To do it legally, they opened the Michael and Jim to create the awareness that rights;
- are expensive,
- should be universal
- should be equal
- should not be abused
- should be fought for, in their case, sued for
Mr. Arpaio failed the administration he served when he misguidedly arrested the two illegally. The arrests majorly revolved around a personal feud among the three parties. The officer had been exposed to other criminal activities he had been perpetrating without consent from the government. The veteran journalists had exposed him off;
- Abusing his mandate to use violent reasonably to subdue resisted arrest
- Mistreating the persons, he took to county jails
- Being racist towards the Hispanic community
The court declared the arrest conducted by the sheriff to be without probable cause. The two, amused by the fact that government could lose in court, decided to set up the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The Fund primarily benefited the Hispanic community who had been getting a rough time enjoying their rights as immigrants.The fund also issued financial and legal support to other civil and human rights groups, societies and organizations pursuing the same cause as for them. Learn more about Michael Lacey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Indeed in the United States are numerous societies and unions that put in concerted efforts in assisting migrants facing discrimination across all America to defend their rights. The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)is one of the most vibrant of these societies. Its efforts standout since decades ago.
It has dispensed litigation assistance for immigrants who endure unfair legal persecution. The Union also collects, documents, and exposes all cases possible involving discrimination against the 41 million immigrants. According to the Unions website, 83 percent of these immigrants get deported without due process.
The organizations selectively determine the most critical cases to facilitate in litigation to draw certain lines and outlaw the denial of immigrants voice and indefinite detention. Such organizations include the Puente Arizona. The Puente Arizona approaches these kinds of cases even more strategically. It profiles them for the use of either;
- Open-hand policy
- Closed-fist policy.
The closed fist is often reserved for special draconian laws and infringements involving especially detention and deportation.