Justice Dept. Prosecutes Good Samaritans Who Left Water In Desert For Migrants
Volunteers with No More Deaths, a humanitarian group, were prosecuted in Arizona for dropping off water along the Arizona-Mexico border, according to AZCentral.
Four volunteers were prosecuted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco for multiple charges, including entering the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge without a permit and leaving behind water for migrants. The area near the border is also known for having numerous deaths of migrants traveling into the U.S.
Many are expressing concern that these charges are largely the result of stricter immigration rulings and border security under the Trump Administration.
“This verdict challenges not only No More Deaths volunteers, but people of conscience throughout the country. If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?” -Catherine Gaffney, No More Deaths volunteer
The judge in the case also criticized the organization for not warning volunteers “about the full consequences of violating the refuge’s regulations.”