The co-founders of the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund are Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. They are two journalists with a history of co-founding Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media, the outlet where they revealed telling evidence about Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County and the state’s involvement with grand jury proceedings seeking journalist’s notes.
This information was revealed to their readers in their online format and not long afterward, the two journalists were taken into custody from their homes overnight by the sheriff. While that in itself is a shocking fact, the grand jury also procured subpoenas demanding the personal identification of all who read the article.
This event led both Larkin and Lacey, who have spent a majority of their careers fighting for First Amendment rights, to sue the county. They eventually settled for $3.75 million and have used their settlement money to form the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund to continue their work fighting for civil, human, and immigration rights – particularly in the state of Arizona.
The support groups they fund for these causes are many and include such notable groups as Puente, Promise Arizona, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and Justice that Works, just to name a few. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase
The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund website also features recent news on the immigration and civil rights front. One such story that has recently surfaced speculation is the story covering the possibility that the Pentagon may be turning its back on legal immigrants serving in the American army. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/
Currently, there exists the MAVNI program, or Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, which allows immigrants to enroll in the U.S. Armed Forces if they have proven that they possess a special skill or a much needed ability. This includes medical training or even fluency in a dialect or language of specific importance, which means these are skills that are in high demand in the service.
It’s come to the attention of those involved with the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund that, after a time of following the cases of those who have enrolled in the MAVNI program, that the large amounts of background checks have been slowing down the process of enrolling for immigrants. This has gone on for quite some time and has recently only gotten worse, since many of those who have enrolled have had their process brought to an unexplained standstill.
The Pentagon seems to have caused the slowing and eventual stagnation of the program, which has prevented many immigrants who have applied for the service from achieving full enrollment. As strange as this development has been, there has been speculation from a high level memo that the Pentagon is considering ending the program in its entirety.
This is not good news for younger immigrants who have been counting on the enrollment to service for a long while. Should the Pentagon decide to go through with ending the program, it will leave many immigrants entirely exposed and unprotected from the possibility of deportation.
The amount of immigrants who were hoping to enlist and train and eventually achieve citizenship through their service are at risk of deportation.