36-year-old Scott Warren, a volunteer at 'No More Deaths' is facing 20 years jail time for aiding two undocumented migrants.
A 36-year old, humanitarian aid volunteer was arrested last year on January 17, 2018, for supplying food, water, and other basic necessities to undocumented migrants crossing the US southern border which leads into Arizona. The US Border Patrol officials arrested Scott Warren on January 17, 2018, along with two undocumented men- Arnaldo Sacaria-Goday of Honduras and Kristian Perez-Villanueva of El Salvador.
https://t.co/60o3fIt3OV migrants. JHFC! They didn't arrest the agents who dumped out the life-saving water, they arrested the guy trying to save lives. How "pro-life" of them.— Joshua Kricker (@KrickerJoshua) May 31, 2019
Warren has been volunteering his services for an aid group -- No More Deaths, who work towards providing critical supplies to migrants entering the arid Sonoran Desert, after crossing the US border from Mexico.
The 36-year-old was not the only volunteer who had been taken into custody. President Trump's administration first began with the southern border humanitarian activists in 2017. Now at least five No More Deaths volunteers await their prosecution by federal law enforcement officials.
We owe it to someone like Scott Warren who put the lives of strangers above his own liberty to arrest people who ignore subpoenas & impeach public officials who break the law.— FrancesGJoyce (@Fg83cjgmailcom1) June 1, 2019
According to Tuscon.com, the two men who were arrested along with Warren had suddenly shown up at 'the Barn' (which is the aid group's operational base) when the volunteer was on his way back from the store. On their arrival, the undocumented men reportedly told him how they had nothing but a few sports drinks and a burrito in the due course of their arduous 2-day journey across the desert region. Hearing about their exhausting trip, he decided to cook them a meal and provide them clothes.
Scott Warren deserves a commendation for what he's done. The people who ordered his arrest and prosecution are the actual criminals who deserve those 20 years. https://t.co/NfkyUoLRAR— Rob Benjamin (@RobBenjamin) June 1, 2019
The two had been staying at the Barn for three days before the officials showed up and arrested them. As per a report, No More Deaths claimed the federal authorities arrested one of their own just so they could get back at them. A video released by the group revealed how the patrol agents are destroying water-filled jugs which were kept for the migrants by these activists. They think it was a direct response to this viral footage as Warren was arrested, just hours after the video was released.
We should all have the moral clarity of Scott Warren and @NoMoreDeaths. They are fully righteous, and any state body that would arrest and try them for providing humanitarian aid is criminal and needs to be smashed. https://t.co/MeQkR4g7qv— Claire Blechman (@cblechman) May 30, 2019
US Attorney Nathaniel Walters viewed Warren's case in a whole new light. He said the case "is not about humanitarian aid," but whether the accused "intended to violate the law," by keeping Sacaria-Goday and Perez-Villanueva from border patrol agents.
He added, "No More Deaths is not on trial. Scott Warren is." Gregory Kuykendall, Warren's defense attorney told the courtroom how his client was a "law-abiding, life-giving Good Samaritan" who "never gave [the migrant men] anything besides basic human kindness."
SCOTT WARREN’s arrest was the most aggressive of the escalating actions taken by federal law enforcement against border-based aid providers since Trump. He was one of nine No More Deaths volunteers hit with federal littering charges for LEAVING WATER (!) on the Cabeza Prieta. pic.twitter.com/rbN1ek3qDy— Jan Hofdijk (@JanHofdijk) May 30, 2019
Warren has been charged with three counts of harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. He could be facing jail time of up to 20 years and his trial began this Wednesday at the Tuscan-based US District Courtroom. Fortunately, Warren didn't fall short of supporters as his parents Mark and Pam hosted a rally right outside the courtroom and they were joined by numerous others who felt he was wrongfully arrested.
Mark Warren told the crowd, "We were crushed to learn that he was facing serious federal charges that could result in his incarceration for many years," reported Daily Mail.
Column: With Scott Warren's trial starting in Tucson federal court today, it's now clear his arrest in 2018 was the early stage of a federal campaign against #border humanitarians. Ana Adlerstein's recent detention at an AZ port of entry shows its spread. https://t.co/QGPySK8IKi— Tim Steller (@senyorreporter) May 29, 2019
"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 continued.
John Marquez and Brendan Burns, the US Border Patrol officers who arrested the humanitarian reportedly told the court that they had begun surveilling Warren on the day of his arrest. They further added how they were looking for two suspected undocumented migrants who were last seen wandering a gas station. Following the trail, they ended up finding them at the Barn.
NMM ASU our here in Tucson. Marc Warren, the father of Scott Warren, speaks of his sons arrest. Professor Warren faces up to 20 years in federal prison. pic.twitter.com/vaZJy4eaZa— No Mas Muertes ASU ☀️ (@NoMasMuertesASU) May 29, 2019
Tucson Sentinel reported how a surveillance video was shown to the court which clearly showed Perez-Villanueva and Sacaria-Goday purchasing sports drinks, cigarettes, and food at a gas station after which they stayed at the cafeteria for some time.
Burns backed the story by telling the jury how he saw Warren providing landmarks to these men by pointing at the areas they could possibly avoid the checkpoints that are constantly patrolled. In addition to that, Warren also radioed his fellow agents for backup moments before being arrested, said Burns.
Drop politically motivated charges against Dr. Scott Warren (case 4:18-cr-00223-RCC-DTF) a Human Rights Defender whose volunteer work helps prevent deaths of migrants and asylum seekers in the Sonoran desert. His arrest is a violation of human rights. AIUSA urgent action 69.19— Michael Ballantyne (@bomiankang) May 22, 2019
Kuykendall, the defense attorney didn't let this slip by and in turn, asked the agents if they were certain if the accused men matched the description of the ones they were supposed to arrest. To which Burns replied, "In my experience, they were other-than-Mexican... In my mind, these could possibly be them."
A counter question was asked by Kuykendall, "You didn't know anything about them other than, they were not Mexican, isn't that true?" And the answer was 'no.' Warren's fate is yet to be decided as he awaits his trial which has been scheduled at 2:30 pm on Monday.
Good column:— Pepe the Turtle (@hotteabreak) May 21, 2019
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