Humanitarian volunteer Scott Warren is facing 20 years in prison after being apprehended on January 17, 2018 for assisting the migrant invasion at the U.S. southern border.
Warren, a 36-year-old resident of Ajo, AZ, worked with activist group No More Deaths until his arrest. He was providing water, food and other supplies to help migrants invade the country from his organization’s compound.
He was arrested alongside two illegals, Kristian Perez-Villanueva of El Salvador and Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday of Honduras. He was charged with three counts of harboring illegal aliens and conspiring to do the same. His lawyer maintains that Warren is just a Good Samaritan who should be let off the hook.
His defense attorney, Gregory Kuykendall, said during a court proceeding that Warren is a “law-abiding, life-giving Good Samaritan,” who “never gave [the migrant men] anything besides basic human kindness.” His parents are also making emotional appeals on their son’s behalf.
“We were crushed to learn that he was facing serious federal charges that could result in his incarceration for many years,” his father, Mark Warren said to a crowd of protesters outside of the U.S. District Courthouse in Tucson.
“We had always been concerned, worried as parents about his work in a dangerous and tumultuous region. We just never imagined that one of the great dangers he faced was from our own government,” he added.
But border security maintains that they are just enforcing the law, and that activists like Warren are aiding lawlessness regardless of how well-intentioned their efforts may be.
U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters maintains that Warren’s apprehension “is not about humanitarian aid,” but simply a matter of justice. The court will ultimately decide whether Warren ‘intended to violate the law’ by harboring refugees in the No More Deaths’ base of operations in Ajo referred to as “The Barn.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents John Marquez and Brendan Burns testified in court that they saw illegal aliens Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday around a gas station. Surveillance video shown to the court seemed to confirm the agents’ testimony.
Burns also claims that Warren was seen showing the illegal aliens how to evade checkpoints. Warren’s defense attorney attempted to smear the border agents as using racial profiling to identify their targets.
“They matched their description? Or they matched the description of two brown people?” the attorney asked.
“In my experience, they were other-than-Mexican… In my mind, these could possibly be them,” Marquez replied.
“You didn’t know anything about them other than, they were not Mexican, isn’t that true?” Kuykendall responded.
At least four other activists with No More Deaths have been prosecuted since 2017 when the Trump administration began cracking down on volunteers assisting the migrant invasion and exacerbating the national emergency on the U.S. southern border.
The trial re-convened today and will continue until a verdict is reached.
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President Trump is Deporting Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Minors to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus
Left-wing groups are agitating to stop the President from deporting these illegals.
President Donald Trump has started deporting unaccompanied minors found trying to illegally cross the U.S. border in order to stop the spread of coronavirus, and liberals are enraged as a result.
The administration is enforcing a March 20 order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which states that no unauthorized individual could cross the border during the coronavirus pandemic.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has confirmed that the CDC policy is being applied to migrant children at the border, according to BuzzFeed News.
“All aliens CBP encounters may be subject to the CDC’s Order Suspending Introduction Of Persons From A Country Where A Communicable Disease Exists (March 20, 2020), including minors,” a CBP official told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
“When minors are encountered without adult family members, CBP works closely with their home countries to transfer them to the custody of government officials and reunite them with their families quickly and safely, if possible,” they added.
Left-wing activists who support the migrant trafficking industry are up in arms that the Trump administration is actually enforcing the law and putting Americans first during an unprecedented pandemic.
“Children arriving at the border, many of whom have endured unimaginable harm at home and on their journey, are the most vulnerable group encountered by border officials. Unaccompanied children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking,” said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, a policy analyst at the American Immigration Council. “The answer to coronavirus cannot be to put children in harm’s way.”
Eleanor Acer, who works as the refugee protection director for Human Rights First, said that the Trump administration is “using” the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse “to advance their long-standing goal of overturning US laws protecting vulnerable children and people seeking asylum.”
During the crisis, the number of referrals for unaccompanied minors who arrive illegally into the U.S. has dropped precipitously. Referrals from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have dropped 78 percent over the past month, with only four unaccompanied minor aliens being funneled toward the US refugee agency on Sunday.
“This is a drastic drop in referrals, especially compared to 2019, when well over a hundred unaccompanied children were referred to ORR each day,” said Sarah Pierce, an analyst with the Migration Policy Institute.
“While it likely reflects decreased arrivals at the southern border, it also suggests that many are being refused entry, in direct contravention of federal law,” she added.
The administration’s opponents claim that the President is not following the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), a law that was signed by former President George W. Bush in 2008 that allows illegals to flood the border.
“Reports that DHS is not following the TVPRA are deeply troubling,” wrote Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), in a letter issued to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf.
“We have an obligation to ensure the health and safety of these children. Children do not have to be put in harm’s way to protect us from the coronavirus pandemic. DHS has the ability and capacity to protect both these children and the public. We request that DHS stop this practice immediately,” they added.
Even during a coronavirus crisis, the far-left Democrats are still refusing to shut down the border even if it means the pandemic will worsen as a direct result.
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