When you look at phone books pertaining to the names and addresses of people in the southwestern part of the United States, it is without a doubt that Latino heritage is strong and prevalent. Ancestry.com has a map of the United States, showing what the three most common names in each state are. In the vast majority of the states, the three most common names are very English sounding—names like “Smith,” “Williams,” “Miller and “Johnson.”
The only exceptions are states in the Southwestern United States. The three most prevalent last names in these states are either all Spanish, or Spanish and English. In New Mexico and California, the three most prevalent names are all Spanish. In Texas and Nevada, two of the three most prevalent names are Spanish. In Arizona and Colorado, one of the most prevalent names is Spanish. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://about.me/jim_larkin and http://james-larkin.com/
There are so many Hispanic/Latino people in America that you get all kinds of people from this background. Some people are citizens while others aren’t. Some Hispanic/Latino people are native born and have roots that extend back to the days of Spanish colonization, while others are new arrivals from the Mexican border. Some are law-abiding citizens while others are cold-blooded criminals.
The backgrounds and ideologies of Hispanic/Latino people vary so much that there is a lot intersectionality in their communities. In the media, Hispanic people are portrayed as being pro-DREAMER and pro-illegal immigration, but in real life there are plenty of Hispanics who are against those causes.
The media also groups up the plight of immigrants with that of LGBTQ people. Footage of those groups protesting together as allies is widely publicized. However, in real life a lot of homophobia exists in Hispanic/Latino communities. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
It is important to understand all of this because it shows how there is validity in the arguments against Sheriff Arpaio’s actions. As a part of a grand plan to curb illegal immigration, Sheriff Arpaio harassed people in vehicles. Unfortunately, there is no real scale or measure of what constitutes as “possibly an illegal alien,” and any sort of scale or measure straddles the line of racial profiling.
This is because of the fact that a huge number of people entering America from the southern border are Latino and other brown-complected groups. There probably are white or white-passing people who hop the border—slaves and free people, but those types of people are generally not known to be “illegal immigrants.”
Sheriff’s Arpaio’s plan was wrong because, as mentioned above, there are a lot of Hispanic people in the Southwest. Many are citizens, and some have deep roots within this country’s borders. There are Native American communities that are split down the middle by the Mexican border.
Some live on the Mexican side while others live on the American side. These people appear “Hispanic,” too, and were probably vulnerable to the threat of being harassed by Sheriff Arpaio.
It’s not right to bother people because you do not officially know anybody’s backstory. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, the founders of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, are hyper-aware of this fact.