Joe Arpaio served as the sheriff of Maricopa County from 1992 to 2016, and under his leadership, he was called the Toughest Sheriff in America because of his stance against the migrants and how he deals with the problem of illegal migration. Undocumented migrants are being sent to the Tent City during his term, which is a vast area near his office that has been filled with tents. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_Voice_Media
The move to detain undocumented migrants inside the tent city was seen as extreme by his critics, and they referred to the treatment of the prisoners inside the tent city as a violation of human rights.
Joe Arpaio was not moved by the concerns by the people regarding the condition of the prisoners inside the tent city, and he reiterated that they deserved to be locked inside the facility because of illegally entering the United States.
Many of those who are detained inside the Tent City have complained about the harsh labor that they had to go through every day.
The prisoners have compared the tent city to labor camps in other countries, and they also recalled how their companions have perished inside the facility because of the extreme temperatures that they are being subjected to. One of the greatest adversaries of Joe Arpaio regarding the issue with tent city is Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The two reports about the conditions of the inmates inside the Tent City and publishes it in their newspaper, the Phoenix New Times. Because of the gravity of the issue faced by the Maricopa County sheriff, the news was picked up by national news companies, reporting how the inmates are maltreated.
Despite the number of reports being made about the tent city, Joe Arpaio kept the facility around and ordered those who are criticizing his leadership to be arrested. Michael and Jim are on the top of the list, and back in 2007, they were arrested by a special team created by Joe Arpaio.
The two were sent to separate prisons, and Joe Arpaio revealed that he wanted they imprisoned for their negative stories about him. The case was taken to court, and Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin had to defend themselves regarding the accusations by Joe Arpaio.
As the case was being heard inside the court, thousands of people are rallying outside, demanding the release of the two migrants’ rights activists. They are stating that the evidence presented before the court is weak, and the arrest made by Joe Arpaio is a violation of the constitution.
In the end, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were released from the prison, and they thanked their supporters who have shown themselves outside the court demanding for their release. Because of the inconvenience that their arrest has caused in their career, the two decided to file a lawsuit against the Maricopa County.
They won the case that they filed, and was awarded $3.75 million. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money that they received to establish the private fund called Frontera Fund.