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Lacey and Larkin speak out on Arpaio’s pardon

Joe Arpaio was the Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona for 24 years. He lost the seat in 2017 while trying to win for the 7th time. With his defeat came hopes for many people that Arpaio would finally face the courts for all the crimes he exercised while he was the sheriff. However, all these hopes went down the drain after President Trump offered Arpaio presidential pardon.

This came after Trump was elected the president in an election where Joe Arpaio aggressively campaigned for him. It looked like a reward to a friend after Arpaio’s role in publicizing the agenda promoted by Donald Trump especially on the matter of birth certificate belonging to President Trump.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are journalist and founders of the Phoenix New Times. These two were the people behind the publication of news regarding all the crimes that Joe Arpaio was committing. Suing their paper, they exposed the secret jails he was running as well as the torture that immigrants were being subjected to in the jails.

Joe Arpaio was against immigration of the people into the United States, and he used his position as a leader to subject the undocumented immigrants to torture. Lacey and Larkin followed up on stories from immigrants on the atrocities that Joe Arpaio committed on them and documented them. Read more: Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund and Michael Lacey | Crunchbase

The efforts by Lacey and Larkin to spread news about the horrible state of human rights in the state of Arizona were met by crude force from the former sheriff who ordered for their arrest. In the middle of the night in October 2017, the two were arrested by people sent by the sheriff and drove them to one of the concentration camps established by Arpaio.

They were arrested for publishing details about a subpoena that the sheriff had obtained from a grand jury that gave him the right to search for the media outlet owned by Lacey and Larkin known as Phoenix New Times.

Lacey and Larkin were exercising their First Amendment, but the former sheriff would have none of that. He used his powers to humiliate and torture them for what was a clear case of subversion of justice.

Joe Arpaio was revenging for the actions that the two had taken against the former sheriff. They had used their paper to publish information on all the wrong doings that the former sheriff had made while dealing with the cases of illegal immigration in his county. He went beyond humane means to kick out immigrants out of the country.

In a court case that followed the arrest, the state was ordered to pay Lacey and Larkin $3.75 million. In order to support the human rights protection cause, they set up a foundation known as Frontera Fund which is currently supporting human rights organization in Arizona to push their agenda.

So far, there are numerous groups of people who have been supported by this organization. The commitment to support this cause comes even after President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.

Thor Halvorssen Appears on Fox News

Head of the Human Rights Foundation made some waves when he appeared on The Intelligance Report with Trish Regan to discuss his views on socialism and Bernie Sanders. Although he is a democrat, Halvossen has some issues with Sanders, and appeared on the program to discuss them.

Halvorssen, has an intimate personal history with what can go wrong with socialism, and his personal experiences inform his views on this type of government. Halvorssen was raised in Venezuela and lived under the socialist dictatorship that is currently in place their. His father was taken prisoner for his political beliefs when Halvorssen was a young boy, and his mother was shot as part of a public demonstration. He also has a cousin who is currently being held as a political prisoner in Venezuela.

Halvorssen is concerned about the human rights violations that can occur when a socialist government remains unchecked. He does not believe that redistribution of wealth is the best way to solve the economic problems that many nations, including the United States face.

While not overly concerned about Bernie Sanders, because he believes that the system of checks and balances that are in place will prevent any major human rights violations from taking place, Thor Halvorssen did express some concern with Bernie Sanders belief in democratic socialism. He did admit that many countries, including the United States already have some social and welfare programs that could be considered socialist, and that the majority of these programs were successful. Halvorssen also admitted to making the maximum contribution allowed to Bernie Sanders campaign, and stated that he preferred Bernie over Hillary Clinton who has ties to leaders who have been known to commit human rights violations.

He also admitted that countries like Denmark and Norway had successfully created systems of government that were socialist in nature.  He also stressed that he was conserved about the dictatorships and totalitarian goverments that have a tendancy to grow out of socialist goverments.

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