Controversial Presidential Pardoning of Joe Arpaio Continues to Raise Eyebrows across the Country

A presidential pardon is a situation that occurs when the president decides that a prisoner or a large number of prisoners are released from prison before the culprits have has served the entire sentence. The fact is that presidential pardons continue to take place every year.

However, some of the presidential pardons that have been witnessed in recent times have been so controversial to the extent they have attracted public attention.

One of the most contentious presidential pardons involved President Trump issuing a presidential pardon for Joe Arpaio, a Sheriff in Arizona, who had imprisoned Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the Village Voice owners.

It has been exactly ten years ago since Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were imprisoned for other pressing issues, one of them being disclosing important details about an investigation that was taking place. They were hauled from their Phoenix homes like individuals who did not have the rights of a prisoner or any citizen in the United States.

Surprisingly, the officers on duty were acting under the instructions and orders of one of the toughest sheriffs in Arizona by the time, Joe Arpaio. The two media personalities, who were by the time of their arrest working for Village Voice Media Newspaper had published a report about an investigation that did not go down well with the authorities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/

Some of the stories covered by the two individuals portrayed Arpaio as a sheriff who was gender biased and an individual who was using his position of power to mistreat various individuals, especially the immigrants living within multiple cities in Arizona.

The aggressive law enforcement tactics had been exposed by the Phoenix newspaper and were mostly portrayed as subjective and discriminating.

This made Arpaio feel threatened whereby he highlighted that his work as a sheriff was frustrated. As the two journalists continued to work on various stories to publish about the department of police, the law enforcement authority was investigating them and preparing charges against them. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Speak Out on Trump Pardon of Arpaio | Phoenix New Times

There were several recorded occasions when the sheriff had been reminded by both the publication and the members of the public that he was applying the law the wrong way. In one instance, a district judge warned him against detaining emigrants because lack of legal status of the immigrants does not justify one to be detained.

Before the judge had pronounced such a case through the courtroom, it is said that there were several times when similar situations were addressed in behind the door meetings only for Arpaio not to adhere to the demands of the constitution.

When a case was presented to the court, Arpaio did not have an option rather than being charged with mistreatment of immigrants, especially those with the Latino background, especially in Tent City.

Sightsavers Saving the Worlds Vision

Sightsavers has two main missions; first, to protect the world from avoidable diseases that cause blindness; and, second, to have people who suffer from disabilities participate equally in society. Their first goal, as their name suggest, is to protect peoples vision. One way they do this is by traveling to the poorest countries in the world where they offer not only education on how these diseases can be avoided, but also treatment for people whose eyesight is suffering. Their second goal, to create equality for the disabled, is accomplished by offering vocational training that allows these children to attend school.

Recently, on the Sightsavers blog, an article was posted about the importance of teaching poor countries, like Uganda, about personal hygiene and how it can help fight trachoma, a disease that causes blindness. Unfortunately, trachoma is highly contagious and can very simply be passed from person to person by dirty faces and/or hands. This is precisely why it is critical these communities are taught about good hygiene.

In order to fight the spread of this disease, cross-sector collaboration has to take place. The key to these cross-sector collaborations being successful is that they have to gain the residence trust. For example, in Uganda, the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organization is an organization that has earned the peoples trust and is also working to improve the current sanitation methods within the country. Additionally, WASH is working to create access to clean water, bathrooms, and hand and face washing centers, all of which improve personal hygiene and sanitation; which, in turn, are connected to the elimination of trachoma.

Frontera Fund Urges Action Against Immoral Trump Administration Actions

The Frontera Fund, founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, is supportive of DACA. The Frontera Fund has always supported what they call DREAMers – undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children.

 

But unfortunately, the current administration does not support DACA and rescinded it in 2017. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and it provides these childhood arrivals with relief from deportation provided that they can prove they arrived in the United States before their sixteenth birthday, have been living continuously in the United States, and are currently enrolled in school, have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, or were honorably discharged from the military. Of course, this act exempts youth who have committed significant violations of the law. It provides the individuals with a work permit and social security number, making sure that their lives will not be disrupted by deportation. This program is renewable every two years and allows those enrolled in the program to obtain a driver’s license and in-state tuition fees for college in many cases.

 

The DACA has brought clear benefits to both the country and the undocumented immigrants protected by the act. Ninety-five percent of those benefited by DACA work, study, or both. They pay their taxes, and the economy is stimulated by their activity – activity such as buying homes and cars, paying for tuition to colleges and universities, and opening businesses. Contrary to popular Republican rhetoric, they are not a drag on the economy, and they don’t “steal” jobs that rightfully belong to American citizens – they promote economic growth, and have even created jobs by starting businesses in the US.

 

Due to the Trump administration’s decision to cancel DACA and to not approve any similar legislation, the undocumented youth in our country – who were not even the ones to make the choice of ending up in the United States – are suffering. New DACA applications are not being accepted, although renewals are still allowed. DREAMers have been detained by immigration for many unfair reasons, such as standing up for themselves against bullies at school and speaking out about their fear of deportation. Many of these DREAMers have been detained despite needing health care or having children who live in the United States. Families are being separated, and the current administration does not seem to care.

 

Even more legal action is being taken against states that support undocumented youth, with the Trump administration suing the state of California for its sanctuary laws, despite Trump and his administration claiming to care about the people of America, and to want to protect states’ rights. Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed that the Oakland mayor warning the public that immigration and customs enforcement officers would be cracking down on undocumented immigrants was reckless endangerment of the law enforcement’s lives, when in fact deportation recklessly endangers the lives of the youth and families.

 

The Frontera Fund urges anyone concerned about the safety of undocumented immigrants to protest the rescinding of DACA and these immoral actions.

 

A Review Of The Organizations That Support Human And Migrant Rights

Many groups and organizations are advocating for human rights. Most entities focus on migrant rights, human rights and civil rights. Some of the rights groups include The Advocate for Human Rights, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, Amazon Watch, The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights, and the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund.

The Advocate for Human Rights operates globally. The organization is at the front of fighting for human rights. It is an agent for transformation at the local, regional and global level. The Advocate for Human Rights is supported by volunteers, partners and staff in implementing the global standards of human rights. The group executes its work as it reinforces the rule of law. It has been advocating for human rights for over 30 years. The noble organization has impacted the lives of many people, including children, women and immigrants.

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project seeks to safeguard human rights and civil rights of immigrants. The group achieves its objective through outreach, advocacy and litigation. The project runs the largest litigation initiative in the country, through the Supreme Court and district courts. Moreover, the group is committed to actualizing the rights of immigrants. Jim Larking and Michael Lacey focuses on implementing the constitution and attaining equal justice for all irrespective of their immigration status.

Amazon Watch is a renowned rights group based in San Francisco. It works in the Amazon basin. The group works with indigenous groups and environmental organizations to promote the rights of the indigenous people. This follows the ongoing growth and the large scale development of projects such as the oil and gas pipeline.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights is a leading group in California. This noble organization advocates for immigrant rights. They focus on achieving the right for free mobility and participating in democracy. Their key goal is a society, which will facilitate inclusivity even for immigrants. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights seeks to implement its work by changing public opinion and building power as they change policies.

About The Larkin & Lacey Fund

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was formed by the co-founders of the Phoenix New Times, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

They decided to support migrant rights organizations in Arizona through the settlement money ($3.75 million) that they raised from their wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Presently, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund supports organizations that advocate for human, civil and migrant rights as well as freedom of speech and civil participation across Arizona.

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