The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was placed together due to the combined efforts of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, who are the co-founders for the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. The fund was created out of the settlement money procured when the two journalists were arrested at night and taken in from their homes by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on October 18th, 2007. Learn more about Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/
Their arrest was due to backlash from the county that the journalist’s reporting on the grand jury proceedings seeking journalist’s notes were revealed as truths on a major media outlet.
To make matters even more controversial, grand jury subpoenas were issued demanding that those who read the New Times stories on the web also receive punishment for choosing to read the story about the lawman.
The $3.75 million settlement that resulted from the arrest and subsequent suing of the county, has been formed into what is now known as the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. The fund was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in support of groups that seek social justice, such as advocating for human, civil, and migrant rights. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter
This also includes organizations that protect freedom of speech and participation in civic duties throughout Arizona. That also includes issues relating to the Mexican border, also known as “la línea fronteriza” by many involved in the human rights community.
No More Deaths is just such an organization that advocates for human rights, particularly those surrounding border control efforts. They are known best for their participation in helping immigrants who pass through the border by providing adequate food, water, clothing, and shelter while they adapt to the transition.
Their efforts save lives, especially during 100 degree or more days in the months of summer when food and water are in particular need by immigrants.
It isn’t a new occurrence but agents from the Border Patrol are against efforts made by such organizations and recently they’ve set their sights quite heavily on cracking down on No More Deaths and their humanitarian activities.
They’ve recently set up surveillance on the non-profit organization’s encampment near the border in Arizona and have essentially broken the international human rights law which states that government may not interfere with humanitarian aid efforts.
In as recent as June 7th of this month, a bill has been passed by the House of Representatives titled the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act, which lowers the quality of Border Patrol personnel and subsequently the quality of those who are inhibiting the non-profit.
Lowering the standards on those who do patrol the border is a mistake that the bill that has been passed is allowing. Not only do workers in the Border Patrol not have to pass a mandatory polygraph test but this also proves that the hiring process is meant to take in quantity over quality.
This is due entirely to Trump’s goal of reaching 5,000 BP agents and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, regardless of what this means for allowing corrupt and mentally unstable workers to patrol the border and hinder the progress of humanitarian aid in the process due to personal bias.