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Excerpt: "A federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants."

No More Deaths volunteers. (photo: Matt Nager)
No More Deaths volunteers. (photo: Matt Nager)

Arizona: Four Women Convicted After Leaving Food and Water in Desert for Migrants

By Associated Press

19 January 19

Federal judge finds activists guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit to give aid to migrants

federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants.

US magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco’s ruling on Friday marked the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers in a decade.

The four found guilty of misdemeanours in the recent case were volunteers for No More Deaths, which said in a statement the group had been providing life-saving aid to migrants.

The volunteers include Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick.

Hoffman was found guilty of operating a vehicle inside Cabeza Prieta national wildlife refuge, entering the federally protected area without a permit, and leaving water jugs and cans of beans there in August 2017.

The others were found guilty of entering without a permit and leaving behind personal property.

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+17 # vt143 2019-01-19 11:31
That's my country. Land of the free. We have strayed so far...
+2 # wrknight 2019-01-20 10:21
Living proof that no good deed goes unpunished.
+23 # chrisconno 2019-01-19 11:38
I'll bet this judge thinks of himself as a christian too.
+20 # tedrey 2019-01-19 11:51
I'm still curious. What was the penalty for this unsocial attempt at saving lives??
+15 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-01-19 11:59
& we all hope these vicious criminals are punished severely for their evil, humanitarian crimes, right? Appalling…uh.…
+10 # ChrisCurrie 2019-01-19 13:08
That is clearly an example of a SATANICALLY INSPIRED judge!
+19 # DongiC 2019-01-19 13:17
"Whatever you do to the least of my children, you do unto me."

"I was hungry and you gave me food."
+11 # elizabethblock 2019-01-19 14:38
These women are to be envied, and emulated.
+11 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-01-19 15:26
This is what America looks like when you Make America Great Again.
+3 # randrjwr 2019-01-19 17:19
I wonder if they even would have been arrested if they hadn't left the food and water.
0 # Anne Frank 2019-01-21 17:18
In the sentencing the judge will reveal whether he is human or diabolical.

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