How Larkin And Lacey’s Frontera Fund Is Serving As A Watchdog For Immigrant Groups

Ever since President Trump’s administration took office, more power has been given to ICE officials to detain immigrants or those they suspect of being illegally harbored even if no good cause for detainment or raids exists.

A lot of stories of these raids have been told by Frontera Fund founders Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who have been longtime journalists and activists and their mission is to hold the Trump administration accountable and give of their funds to help immigrants seeking asylum or looking to pay their dues for becoming US citizens.

They spoke out against President Trump’s recent decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who was famous for conducting controversial tactics that included targeting Mexican immigrants. But Larkin and Lacey’s story began before that.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey first became acquainted back in the early 1970s while they were both students at Arizona State university. They had decided to cover the Vietnam War protests because of what they deemed was unfair coverage of events like the Kent State shootings and other events happening around the country. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

They began their official news publishing company, Village Voice Media in the 1980s and from there began hiring reporting teams and building an immense operation with headquarters in Phoenix primarily where the main edition of their New Times paper was published, but they also had it published in other cities. The most important stories to be covered in their paper dealt with Sheriff Arpaio.

Arpaio had always detested the coverage the Phoenix New Times had given his department, but a particular story that made his public image scandalous made him very irate that he had Larkin and Lacey arrested in the middle of the night. Learn more about Jim Michael and Michael Lacey: and

Thanks to backlash from the public against Arpaio plus s judge’s ruling that Arpaio had no probable cause or enough evidence for a warrant in his arrest, he was forced to let Larkin and Lacey go. But the New Times owners decided they needed to take action of their own to make sure neither they nor any immigrant groups would be harmed in the future by Arpaio’s actions.

They filed a lawsuit and won $3 million in the settlement, and with that money they started the Frontera Fund. They’ve been proud to help needy families and individuals who cannot find that kind of help elsewhere and in their words, they’re simply doing what their parents once taught them.