Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund

The Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media co-founders Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the minds behind the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, a non-profit organization that works to support those causes which support human rights, civil rights, and migrant rights.

They have dedicated themselves and their fund to giving voice those who would otherwise have little say and their efforts often concentrate on immigrant rights for those migrating from Mexico and issues revolving around the Mexican boarder. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

The $3.75 million that the pair have procured for their fund is from a settlement gained by an unjust arrest that the two went through by the hands of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on October 18th, 2007. Larkin and Lacey, journalists for the New Times and Village Voice Media, were arrested in their homes in the middle of the night unexpectedly.

This was in response to the journalists revealing information about the sheriff through their media outlet, in regards to grand jury proceedings that would procure all notes that journalists had on the sheriff. Just as shocking is the grand jury’s request for the personal identities of all those who read the media site’s article which involved the lawman.

Michael and Jim sued the county. They’ve spent most of their lives fighting injustice having to do with oppression for freedom of speech and expression, as described in the First Amendment rights. When the pair sued the county, they ultimately prevailed in the ninth circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.

This led them to receiving a settlement in the millions and they’ve decided to put that money towards a cause that they both hold dear to their hearts, in order to help injustice for others across Arizona and in having to do with border patrol issues, or “la línea fronteriza”. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

It’s only been a few days since the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. A 2015 decision has since been overturned by Arizona Appeals Court, which would allow access for DACA beneficiary undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition.

Since the executive action was began back in 2012, the state of Arizona has held a strong opposition to allowing DACA immigrants to receive in-state tuition for place of higher education and for receiving driver’s licences.

Kenton Jones, the presiding judge, made the decision recently that the ways of DACA do not confer with a legal status for the young immigrants to receive access things like in-state tuition.

They’ve taken the stance that federal laws allow individual states to decide for themselves what “DACA-DREAMers” can and cannot access under the umbrella of the state.

Current DREAMers are possibly the ones most effected by this choice. Those who have already received in-state tuition for education through DACA means, those who are currently still trying to continue their education, and those who have been planning to seek educational opportunities through DACA, are shocked by this decision.

A plaintiff in the ongoing legal proceedings, Abel Badillo, states that it is not fair to put such obstacles in the way of those who only hope to seek to further their personal growth through higher education.