There is a very bad gentleman who you would have not wanted to run into if you were a Latino in Maricopa County: Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This bum openly targeted Latinos as he searched for “illegal aliens.” Some sickos hail him as being a hero, while others know him as somebody who imposed himself upon people’s rights.
The reason why some people think that he is God is because they have a certain mindset concerning politics and philosophy. There is a mindset that “illegal aliens” are not good for the country. It is thought that “illegal aliens” take away from the resources that are available for citizens. This kind of belief runs along the lines of civic nationalism—the belief that everyone in the country, despite whatever background anyone has, should be given the same rights. 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/jim-larkin/
Some people believe in ethnic nationalism—the belief that a certain ethnic group is really entitled to a place. In the case of America, the type of ethnic nationalism that exists is White supremacy. Anything that is not White is considered novelty or foreign—not human. There is a nativist mentality in the country that immigrants are bad and that natural born citizens are better.
The reason why some Americans, like Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, hate Sheriff Arpaio is because they believe that immigrants have a right to come here. Undocumented people have good reasons for coming here, and those reasons should be respected. Also, it is highly insulting to superficially judge people as “illegal aliens.” In doing so, innocent people are made vulnerable to imprisonment and harsh experiences. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are two guys in an endless list of people who fell victim to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s foolishness. All they did was exercise the First Amendment by criticizing Arpaio’s rule of Maricopa County.
Arpaio did not like that, so he thought that he could shut them up once and for all by throwing them into jail in a very threatening way. Well, it didn’t work, because they pursued what happened to them in court and got a huge settlement out of it, which they used to start the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are in or near their elder years, now. They have a long history of journalism under their belts and have written since the 1970s. Sheriff Arpaio is very elderly–still kicking at age 85.
Arpaio is not giving up in his career because he recently announced that he is going to attempt to run for the Arizona senate.