Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become the most controversial man in law enforcement and in the fight against immigration reform. Joe Arpaio was eventually ousted from his position as Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio gained recognition nationally and within the Republican Party.
Arpaio has been labeled a racist, bigot and a dirty politician. Sheriff Joe Arpaio welcomes this criticism with open arms. He later earned the moniker of “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
He earned this title for his crack down on immigration in Arizona in ways that have been deemed illegal and unconstitutional. Doing his work, he’s been seen as someone who throws out the constitutional rights of those in the Latino community of Arizona.
After many years of his controversial actions, he was finally facing a civil trial, which focused on whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio could lawfully use racial profiling as a tool to identify and arrest residents of Arizona.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio publicly said that racial profiling was an effective way to prevent illegal immigration in the United States. Under Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s reign, anyone in Arizona could be arrested by law enforcement just for being suspected of being an illegal immigrant. This created a sense of fear among Arizona residents.
A federal judge finally ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio could not longer rely on racial profiling to detain suspected undocumented immigrants. Without skipping a beat, Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that he would not be following this judicial order, because it did not explain how to do his job.
This decision later ended him back in court. Another federal judge asked why he felt that he was not subject to following the judicial order. Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that the order prevented him from doing the job he was elected to do. The judge did not buy his weak argument. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://frontpageconfidential.com/michael-lacey-jim-larkin-arpaio-frontera-fund-first-amendment/
The judge then sentenced Arpaio to prison. However, President Trump got involved and announced that he would be issuing a presidential pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This pardon negates the prison sentence, meaning he would not have to serve a single day in jail.
The Latino community was left questioning how someone such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio could get away for violating the constitutional rights.
This gained the attention of both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They have also had encounters with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are journalists and have been following some of the most serious crimes committed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio got fed up and threw them in prison. They finally got released and filed suit against Maricopa County.
They both launched the Frontera Fund with the money they won from the civil suit. The foundation was built with the goal of defending Latino rights.
Both Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have begun building up their fight for the Latino community. This latest chapter in Arpaio saga shows that more needs to be done by those who understand the immigrants are not the enemy, that Arpaio made them out to be.