Lacey and Larkin are two modern-day muckrakers who rub far-right politicians the wrong way. They are the guys who head Village Voice Media. On of the things that they are most known for is their blunder with Sheriff Arpaio. In 2007, he arrested them in a rush, but was quickly embarassed when everyone found out how wrong the arrests were.
Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County for six terms. He called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” However, he was wasn’t really that tough; he was just some guy with a lot of political power and manpower under his thumb. These types of power that he held were used to carry out his opinions. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge
Things went downhill for him in 2016 and 2017. These were the years when he lost the election for what would have been the seventh term of his career as. It was also when he was held in contempt of court for not caring about the wishes of federal judges in the Melendres case.
The Melendres case was all about the fact that he was blatantly profiling Latinos as illegal foreigners. Sheriff Arpaio may have caught some undocumented people throughout the years, though many were American citizens.
Not every immigrant is undocumented, and not every Latino is a foreigner. There are a lot of Latinos who have been born and raised in the united States. It must have been pretty annoying to be stopped and arrested as a third-generation Latino American.
Lacey and Larkin make the argument that even if undocumented immigrants really were caught, it was wrong to go against them because illegal aliens have a right to live and work in America—even if the law says that they are here “illegally.” This is a particular viewpoint that runs against another train of thought that Sheriff Arpaio happens to have.
According to the viewpoint that runs against that of Lacey and Larkin, illegal immigrants should be hunted down and deported because by being in America illegally, they are not properly registered into the system; they are not running through the same hoops that citizens have to run through.
If they are living under a status where they are not doing the same things that citizens have to do and are not equally being held under the same conditions, the integrity and structure of society collapses. It also shows selfishness, a lack of loyalty and a lack of respect on the part of the illegal immigrants.
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