Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: Migrant Rights Advocates

The continent of South America is being ravaged by drug wars, poverty and famine.

Millions of people who are from the poorest countries in the continent wanted to migrate northwards to escape the hostility in their homelands and have a chance of living comfortable lives in the United States and Canada.

They risk their lives crossing borders, and when they reach the border of the United States through California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas, they do not have any assurance that the immigration police will never catch them to be deported back to where they came from.

In the state of Arizona, two brave men are fighting for the rights of these migrants – Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The duo has been helping these people for several years now, because they wanted to let them live in peace and comfort.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who are Arizona natives has a private fund, named the Frontera Fund which is being used to help migrants who needs assistance.

The private fund has an amount of $3.75 million, and the money is being used to find a suitable home for the migrant, and help them find new jobs that would support them during their stay. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin managed to raise the fund because they won a case that they filed against the Maricopa County.

Being schoolmates in college, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin dreamed of creating a business that would be beneficial to the citizens of Phoenix, so they decided to open up a publishing company instead and named it The Phoenix New Times.

This publication became widely known in the city, and it quickly reached the top, being named as one of the leading and most successful publications throughout the city. The Phoenix New Times gives out news and other information beneficial to the public.

In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin faced their greatest challenge, as they were arrested because of the accusation that they have published the address of the Maricopa County sheriff in their publication’s website without asking for permission. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

In addition to that, they are also accused of posting the jury’s decision on the corruption case that was filed against the sheriff. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin stated that the accusation against them is not true, but they keep on attending their hearings to defend themselves. Media companies across the state of Arizona expressed their solidarity with the two and condemned the arrest.

These media companies also posted the address of the Maricopa County sheriff on their websites as a form of protest, and their uproar resulted in the acquisition of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The judge who is handling their case explained that he found the duo innocent of the charges being filed against them.

In retaliation to the arrest, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin filed charges against the county because of their arrest, and the two won the case. They were given $3.75 million for the damages, and they make good use of the money by being an instrument of help to those who are in need.

Today, those who were assisted by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin return the favor by donating some cash, and going back to the city just to say thanks to the two people who helped them.