Micheal and Jim are the renowned activists and journalist transforming the immigration landscape of Arizona. Their time in the limelight started when they won a case against the crooked Maricopa Sherriff cop, Arpaio. After an extended fight in the courts, the two journalists receive a compensation of $3.75 million from Maricopa County for what was termed as unfair treatment.
The course of action that prompted the commencement of the case involved Arpaio’s wrongful arrest of Micheal and Jim in the middle of the night from their homes. The arrest warrant detailed that the journalists had refused to cooperate with Arpaio o reveal details of their magazine’s readers, including their browsing history.
Following the case’s resolution in court, Arpaio was ultimately labeled as a faulty policeman with the intention to misuse and abuse his administrative power in the defense force.
He was also exposed for the unjust means he used to screen immigrants and deport them. The case which took place at the United States Court of Appeals was a success in defense of First Amendment Rights and the beginning of a journey by Larkin and Lacey to support immigrants.
Micheal and Jim have a long history as journalists in the United States. They have several associations with leading media houses and their platforms where they campaign for freedom of speech and reform of immigration laws.
After their complicated case of Arpaio, Micheal and Jim started the Frontera Fund to financially back up foundations in Arizona promoting improved civil, human and immigrant laws. One of the cases highlighted on Frontera’s main page is that of the unfair treatment experienced by immigrant children and youth. They undergo intense vetting procedures to allow them basic opportunities in the States such as education and jobs.
The most recent hiccup reported by immigrants is the army recruitment process taking place through MAVNI. The organization signs up immigrants with special qualifications into the military to serve in various posts such as oral surgeons, psychologists, nuclear medical officers among other professions.
They consider nationals from more than 15 backgrounds including, Swahili, Igbo, and Baluchi-speaking regions. The foundation allows the recruits to gain direct citizenship into the States after ten weeks of combat training or to serve as Commissioner army officers.
MAVNI has been the recipient of some unsatisfactory reviews citing that immigrants undergo extreme scrutiny. The vetting negatively impacts their lives and seeps into other facets of their current involvements, ultimately corrupting their citizenship in the country. Additionally, MAVNI fact checks each person’s financial, educational and professional backgrounds for the past ten years.
The procedure is attributed to the fallout of more than 1,500 applicants who lose the statuses while awaiting verification. An additional 4300 are pending in status while they await the procedure’s maturation.
The immigration attorney David Leopold stated that it is vital for USCIS to find alternative ways for MAVNI to reduce fall out cases and reduce the vetting period since it is the only organization that ascertains entry of immigrants into the US army.
Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/