The Maricopa County migrants currently have a better life in the Arizona state following the launching of the many human and migrant rights in the state. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have greatly helped these migrant right groups after their arrest by the Sheriff Arpaio which led into the two being paid their settlement fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalists and founders of the Phoenix New Times newspaper. The two had their investigations on Sheriff Arpaio’s prosecutions of the jail inmates as well as his racial profiling, fear mongering to the immigrants, and his unconstitutional detention of Latinos.
The grand jury subpoenas of the Maricopa County had made proceedings of seeking the Phoenix’s editors and writers as well as all the online Phoenix readers together with their browsing histories and IP addresses. Michael and Jim, therefore, made the story writing of Arpaio’s deeds as well as his grand jury subpoenas ally. After their arrest, there evolved a series of countrywide uproars which led to the freedom of Michael and Jim out to freedom. All charges against them were also dropped.
The two journalists sought to sue the county to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They focused mainly on abuse of power and their First Amendment Right which denies the law enforcers the power to prohibit the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press or rights to assemble. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave a court order that Sheriff Arpaio had indeed assaulted the two journalists’ first amendment right by arresting them. The Ninth Circuit also ordered that the grand jury subpoenas verdict was invalid since the prosecutor had made legal proceedings out of the law.
The court ruled that Lacey and Larkin were arrested falsely. 3.7 million dollars were therefore paid to Lacey and Larkin as settlement funds by the Maricopa County. The Frontera funds, therefore, arose from the settlement funds paid to Lacey and Larkin who decided to offer it to human and migrant right groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and the Aliento Group. The money was also intended to support the Hispanic community.