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Aid Volunteer Scott Warren Faces 20 Years in Prison for Helping Migrants
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Saturday, 01 June 2019 08:29

Excerpt: "A United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on 'smuggling' charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona."

Scott Warren. (photo: No More Deaths)
Scott Warren. (photo: No More Deaths)


Aid Volunteer Scott Warren Faces 20 Years in Prison for Helping Migrants

By teleSUR

01 June 19


Defense attorney Greg Kuykendall described Warren as a “Good Samaritan.”

United States federal court is weighing in on the case of volunteer Scott Warren, who is on trial and facing 20 years in prison on “smuggling” charges for aiding a pair of undocumented migrants in Arizona.

A member of the humanitarian group, No More Deaths, Warren was taken to trial Tuesday on three felony charges: two for allegedly harboring an immigrant couple and one for conspiring to transport them.

The thirty-six-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 17, 2018 after Border Patrol agents set up surveillance around one of the organization’s humanitarian aid shelters in Ajo, Arizona.

Defense attorney Greg Kuykendall described Warren as a “Good Samaritan” who never intended to conceal the pair of immigrant men. Warren says he believes the federal government is infringing on his right to religious freedom which inspired him to help those in need.

"It is life or death here. And a decision not to give somebody food or water could lead to that person dying," he said, adding that he has shared food, water, and shelter to dozens of people braving the deadly desert outside his home.

Warren is not the first member of No More Deaths to be taken to trial. In 2017, eight other volunteers were charged with misdemeanors related to their humanitarian efforts.

"It is scary to be intimidated like this and to be targeted but there really is no choice," said Warren, who believes that the state may be expanding their definition of “harbor.”

During Tuesday’s court session in Tucson, both the defense and the prosecution had the opportunity to present the arguments they expect to make over the next two weeks. Select border agents are expected to testify during the trial.

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+9 # BetaTheta 2019-06-01 11:32
A sure sign of a Nazi-like regime: When humanitarianism is a prosecutable crime, and real, anti-humanitari an criminals like Joe Arpaio are pardoned.
 
 
+1 # laborequalswealth 2019-06-01 16:36
And known torturer Bloody Gina Haspel is appointed head of one of the most powerful, secretive and violent agencies in the world.
 
 
0 # xenonman 2019-06-02 08:57
I was appalled at how quickly that vile streetwalker was confirmed by Congress.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-06-01 14:53
From the position of morality, the US is one mixed up country. It seems to get worse every year. Perhaps, Trump might have something to do with it. After all, he is our leader and should set an example for the rest of us. Some example!
 
 
-1 # xenonman 2019-06-01 16:11
No, it's a mistake to blame everything on Trump. He is just a figurehead. Under Hitlery, things would have been just the same, with the exception of the fact that Hitlery would have enjoyed the protection of the corporate media.