[Pnews] US Activist Scott Warren To Be Retried in Helping Migrants Case

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Wed Jul 3 12:29:21 EDT 2019


  US Activist Scott Warren To Be Retried in Helping Migrants Case

Published 2 July 2019

United States (U.S.) activist and member of the humanitarian group "No 
More Deaths", Scott Warren 
will be retried after a jury was unable to agree on a verdict for 
charges for helping migrants at the border with Mexico, U.S. prosecutors 
said Tuesday.

The initial felony charges included harboring migrants and conspiring to 
transport them. Charges for conspiring have been abandoned and Warren 
will be judged on November 12 for allegedly sheltering migrants, said 
Glenn McCormick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in the state 
of Arizona.

During his trial in June, his defense explained he was just trying to 
help migrants by providing them some food, water, and 
shelter. Prosecutors opposed that the migrants in question were not in 
distress and did not need the help that was given to them.

Warren volunteers within the "No More Deaths" organization, a 
humanitarian and faith group located in southern Arizona which aims at 
providing assistance to migrants at the Mexico-U.S. border.

The thirty-six-year-old man was arrested on January 17, 2018, after 
Border Patrol 
<https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Border-Patrol-FB-Group-Agents-Joke-About-Migrant-Deaths-Post-Sexist-Memes-20190701-0022.html> (BP)agents 
set up surveillance around one of "No More Deaths'" aid shelters.

The day of his arrest, his humanitarian group released a video showing 
U.S. Border Patrol agents destroying water bottles they left for 
migrants. Warren’s lawyers believe his arrest was a revenge for the 
video. They added he was simply exercising his religious beliefs and his 
rights to help migrants in distress.

    BREAKING: RETRIAL announced in #ScottWarren
    case on harboring counts. Conspiracy charges dismissed. Trial to
    begin Nov 12. Government continues unconscionable prosecution of aid
    worker in midst of a humanitarian crisis at our border.
    pic.twitter.com/r1DtqTTTZl <https://t.co/r1DtqTTTZl>

    — No More Deaths (@NoMoreDeaths) July 2, 2019

"No More Deaths," said that it had been targeted and official 
agencies had collaborated to surveil Warren for many months due to his 
status and criticism of Border Patrol's policies.

“The targeting of humanitarian aid workers, though new, is only an 
escalation of the kind of violence and repression that BP and other 
state agencies have been unleashing on migrants and undocumented 
communities for decades,” they wrote on their website.

The initial trial was supposed to pave the way as being the first one of 
its kind since Donald Trump’s administration asked prosecutors to take 
severe measures on people caught helping migrants.

Mary Katherine Morn, president, and CEO of Unitarian Universalist 
Service Committee said that Warren should have never been arrested and 
the retrial "highlights just how far the Trump administration is willing 
to go to punish migrants and those who provide them with life-saving 

More than 3,000 migrants have died since 2001 trying to cross through 
the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert which covers large parts of 
southwestern U.S. in Arizona and of northwestern Mexico in Sonora. The 
temperatures there routinely exceed 40°C.

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