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Eight activists helping migrants cross brutal desert charged by US government


Eight activists helping migrants cross brutal desert charged by US government

Rory Carroll, The Guardian, January 24, 2018

Eight humanitarian volunteers who help migrants survive desert treks have been charged with federal crimes, prompting fears of an escalating crackdown by the Trump administration.

The volunteers, all members of the Arizona-based group No More Deaths, appeared in court on Tuesday charged with a variety of offences including driving in a wilderness area, entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and abandoning property—the latter an apparent reference to leaving water, food and blankets on migrant trails. Continue reading Eight activists helping migrants cross brutal desert charged by US government

Border Patrol agents were filmed dumping water left for migrants. Then came a “suspicious” arrest.


Border Patrol agents were filmed dumping water left for migrants. Then came a “suspicious” arrest.

Amy B. Wang, Washington Post, January 24, 2018

Last Wednesday, a nonprofit group that provides humanitarian aid to migrants in the Arizona desert released a lengthy report alleging Border Patrol agents were intentionally destroying supplies left for migrants in the desert, the group said, to “condemn border crossers to suffering, death and disappearance.Continue reading Border Patrol agents were filmed dumping water left for migrants. Then came a “suspicious” arrest.

Eight humanitarian-aid workers face federal charges

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Tucson, Arizona—On Tuesday, January 23, eight humanitarian-aid providers with No More Deaths appeared in court for federal misdemeanor charges relating to their work with the organization in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, a vast and remote stretch of land near Ajo, Arizona that shares 56 miles with the US–Mexico border. One of the eight individuals is Scott Warren, who was also arrested last week by the US Border Patrol and now faces felony “harboring” charges. Continue reading Eight humanitarian-aid workers face federal charges