The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Immigrants’ Rights Project is a group dedicated to enforcing and expanding the civil rights and liberties of immigrants. This civil rights movement is not afraid of combating private and public discrimination against immigrants.
The ACLU uses advocacy, public outreach, and targeted impact litigation to protect the liberties and rights of immigrants. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
ACLU has been advocating for the best interests of immigrants for over 25 years. The efforts of ACLU have mainly focused on fighting against laws that prevent immigrants from accessing the courts, impose mandatory and indefinite detention, and discriminate against immigrants.
ACLU has also been at the fore-front to challenge constitutional abuses arising from immigration enforcement at local, state, and federal levels. These include anti-immigrant laws that require immigrants to present their papers to access basic services from local, state, and federal agencies.
ACLU Sues to Stop Deportation of Iraqis
In June 15 2017, ACLU brought a suit against the federal immigration officials in an attempt to stop them from deporting over 100 Iraqi nationals. These Iraqis had been rounded up by the federal agents. ACLU argued that it was illegal to deport the Iraqis without offering them a chance to prove that they would be going to face torture or even death in Iraq. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The ACLU filed the suit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement when ICE agents arrested over 100 Iraqis. Many of the detained Iraqis had been living in the US for a long period. Although most of the detainees had past records of minor offenses, the majority of the detainees was fully compliant with the conditions of their supervision and had not experienced any run-ins with law enforcement agencies.
While a majority of the 114 people who were arrested are Christians, Shiite Muslims are also part of the detained. Dozens of Yezidi and Kurdish Iraqis were also arrested in raids conducted in other states. The Iraqi detainees fear that because they have lived in the U.S. for a long time, they will be regarded as Americans when they are deported to their home country.
Apart from the ACLU’s legal team, other law firms and immigration rights centers are backing the law suit against the immigration department.
About Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times. The duo received a huge settlement after their wrongful detention by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Lacey and Larkin have directed the money from the settlement towards funding migrant rights institutions throughout Arizona.
Lacey and Larkin won the $3.75 settlement after Sheriff Joe Arpaio arrested them on October 18, 2007. The duo were dragged out of their homes in the weird hours of the night and detained for revealing information about grand jury proceedings aimed at acquiring reporters’ information on articles about the Sheriff.
Lacey and Larkin brought a suit against the county and eventually prevailed in the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Lacey and Larkin “Frontera Fund” is aimed at supporting institutions that advocate for human, civil, and migrant rights.
It also supports organizations that advocate for civic participation and freedom of speech in Arizona including the Mexican border.
Front Page Confidential Marks the Return of Larkin and Lacey
Phoenix New Times founders Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have returned to the news business with their new alternative news site Front Page Confidential. Front Page Confidential is a counterculture news source offering alternative news coverage for the masses. It is dedicated to preserving the first amendment.
Both Larkin and Lacey have been out of the news business since 2012. They have been running the Frontera Fund since then, advocating for the Latin community in Arizona, and fighting the oppressive system laid down by Joe Arpaio. The fund is financed by a $3.75 million dollar payout from a wrongful arrest case instigated by the ex-Sheriff. During their stewardship of the Phoenix New Times the duo butted heads with the Sheriff numerous times. They exposed numerous scandals and the Sheriff began investigating them. Following a printing of a confidential subpoena under their byline, the duo was arrested and confined for 24 days.
Today they still advocate for the Latin community and the first amendment, using the fund to finance groups advocating for migrant rights. The formation of Front Page Confidential could not come at better time. The controversial pardon of Joe Arpaio has led the ex-Sheriff to dreams of a Senate run. With the launch of Front Page Confidential both Larkin and Lacey can once again fight the good fight, and stand up against Arpaio. The website has been up and running since early 2018, and features many reporters from the New Times as well as articles by Larkin and Lacey themselves.