Trump’s flunkies demand 20 years in prison for humanitarian aid

❝ A United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on “smuggling” charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona.

A member of the humanitarian group, No More Deaths, Warren was taken to trial Tuesday on three felony charges: two for allegedly harboring an immigrant couple and one for conspiring to transport them.

❝ The thirty-six-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 17, 2018 after Border Patrol agents set up surveillance around one of the organization’s humanitarian aid shelters in Ajo, Arizona.

❝ “It is life or death here. And a decision not to give somebody food or water could lead to that person dying,” Dr. Scott Warren said, adding that he has shared food, water, and shelter to dozens of people braving the deadly desert outside his home…

“It is scary to be intimidated like this and to be targeted but there really is no choice,” said Warren, who believes that the state may be expanding their definition of “harbor.”

State governments and the Feds are no strangers to arbitrarily changing definitions to suit the politics of the moment. With a thug in the White House who campaigned on illegal migrants being subhuman and criminal in the eyes of his supporters – anyone who offers life-preserving aid to folks in Southwestern deserts must be equally criminal.

This is what our government and the contemptible snobs who adore our fake president would have us be.

3 thoughts on “Trump’s flunkies demand 20 years in prison for humanitarian aid

  1. Mictecacihual says:

    The Pima County Medical Examiner has documented 250 migrant deaths in the stretch of desert near Ajo since 2001. In the same time frame, thousands have died of dehydration and exposure in the Arizona borderlands. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/28/725716169/extending-zero-tolerance-to-people-who-help-migrants-along-the-border
    “The term ‘UBC’ refers to foreign nationals who die attempting to cross the southern Arizona desert without permission from the United States government. Calendar year (CY) 2010 saw the highest number of UBC recoveries (222) recorded at the PCOME as compared to the annual average (167recoveries per year on average from 2002 -2017). The PCOME has received 2,816recovered remains of suspected UBCs since 2000.The recoveries per year are adjusted annually to account for the association of remains found months or years apart later discovered to be that of the same individual.” Pima County Office Of The Medical Examiner – Annual Report 2017 https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Medical%20Examiner/Resources/Annual-Report-2017.pdf [Undocumented Border Crosser (UBC) remains page 30~38

  2. Update says:

    (June 11, 2019): The jury in the humanitarian aid vs immigrant harboring trial of No More Deaths activist Scott Warren was unable to reach a verdict.
    The jury deliberated nearly 12 hours over two days before telling the judge they weren’t able to agree on a verdict. The judge instructed the jury to try to reach a unanimous verdict one more time before dismissing them Monday afternoon.
    The U.S. government charged Warren with harboring two undocumented immigrants and conspiring with another man in the cases. He faced up to 20 years in prison.
    Lawyers for Warren and the Justice Department will meet July 2 to determine what’s next.
    https://fronterasdesk.org/content/995246/jury-dismissed-border-aid-worker-trial
    Scott Warren flanked by his attorneys.
    https://fronterasdesk.org/sites/default/files/styles/special_story_images_aspect_switcher/public/scott-warren-20190611.jpg?itok=N6lhqn4V

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