Arizona State University instructor Scott Daniel Warren, a member of ‘No More Deaths’ advocacy group, was arrested and faces a federal charge of harboring two people in the country illegally.
The arrest came just hours after video footage of U.S. border patrol agents kicking over bottles of water left by the humanitarian group were made public.
‘No More Deaths’ provides food, water, and clean clothes to those migrating through South Arizona’s desert. Thousands have died making this trek since the 1990’s.
No More Deaths last week gave news organizations videos taken between 2010 and 2017, mostly by cameras at its desert camp. In one clip, a border patrol agent kicked over five water jugs meant to supply immigrants. In another, an agent pours gallons of water on the ground.
This is not the first time volunteers for the group have run into trouble with law enforcement for assisting undocumented immigrants:
In 2005, two group volunteers were arrested after they drove three immigrants from a desert location to a Tucson church to get medical attention from a doctor and nurse. The indictment was eventually dismissed by a federal judge.
Another volunteer with No More Deaths said Warren's arrest certainly appears suspicious, considering it came within hours of the group's video release. But Caitlin Deighan would not quite call it retaliation:
“We see it as an escalation and criminalization of aid workers,” Deighan said on Monday.