In a breathtaking development, a humanitarian volunteer with the organization No More Deaths is facing new and expanded charges stemmed from his arrest in January for providing aid to undocumented immigrants crossing the Arizona desert near Arivaca.
Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is a supporter of No More Deaths, and we firmly believe that humanitarian help is never a crime.
Scott Daniel Warren is facing 10 or more years in prison for two counts of harboring undocumented immigrants and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented migrants, according to the Tucson Sentinel.
Additionally, eight members of the group are also facing misdemeanor charges.
The arrest of Warren in January occurred hours after the group released a series of videos of Border Patrol officers destroying water jugs placed by humanitarian volunteers in the desert, along with a study called Disappeared: How the U.S. Border Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis.
Additionally, No More Deaths has been accusing the Border Patrol of harassing the group through surveillance, threatening arrest and interrogating volunteers.
In the report, No More Deaths – along with La Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee – detail the extent of Border Patrol’s sabotage of water jugs and other aid supplies for migrants crossing the desert.
These groups accuse Border Patrol agents of engaging in “widespread vandalism of gallons of water left for border crossers and routinely interfer[ing] with other humanitarian-aid efforts in rugged and remote areas of the borderlands.”
You can see one of the videos here.
This is not the first time No More Deaths has confronted charges from the federal government. The group has faced 36 misdemeanor charges in the past 15 years and has not lost a single case.