Watch: Courts Release Border Activist Of Charges After He Was Caught Helping Illegals Cross The US Border
Catch and release in Arizona? A judge recently released a man of all charges after he allegedly harbored two illegals who crossed the desert to bypass United States’ checkpoints.
The judge ruled that it was a humanitarian effort even though it’s a crime. The prosecution explained that the immigrants were never in any danger. He also revealed that the activist didn’t just harbor the illegals but helped them farther into the US but his argument was disregarded.
According to Fox News, an Arizona border activist was acquitted Wednesday of charges that he illegally harbored illegal immigrants at a camp run by a humanitarian group near the Mexican border.
The verdict, reached by a jury in U.S. District Court, was the second trial for 37-year-old Scott Warren after a previous jury in June deadlocked on harboring charges.
Warren’s defense attorney, Greg Kuykendall, praised the jury’s decision.
“They parsed the evidence,” he said. “They paid rapt attention while we were putting on our defense and while the prosecution was putting on its case, and they decided that humanitarian aid is not always a crime, the way the government wanted it to be.”
Warren has denied being politically motivated or helping migrants hide or avoid authorities.
U.S. agents arrested Warren in January 2018 at a humanitarian aid station in Ajo, Ariz. – known as “The Barn” – where two Central American men had been staying for several days.
A prosecutor questioned Warren’s claim that he was only “orienting” them before they left the camp. The camp is run by “No More Deaths,” a border activist group that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the desert.
The documents show that in April 2017, an anonymous Arizona resident told Border Patrol officials that he suspected members of the group were harboring immigrants in Ajo. About three months later, officials detained members of the group No More Deaths on suspicion of vandalizing a camera at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, where they regularly left water jugs.
Fox10 Feonix added that in November 2017, agents interviewed residents who said they had noticed more traffic and littering outside The Barn.
Agents eventually encountered a man who said he had traveled across the desert with two other men who were picked up by a van.
Suspecting they might be at the No More Deaths building, agents began watching it on Jan. 17, 2018, arresting Warren and the two migrants. The men were deported after providing video testimony.
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