Tuesday, January 23, 2018
A volunteer with the Tucson-based humanitarian organization, No More Deaths, is being criminally prosecuted for providing food and water to migrants in the desert. Scott Daniel Warren is being charged with harboring immigrants, a charge that if successful could result in a 5 year prison sentence. This comes after reports of Customs and Border Patrol agents destroying food and water stations near the border. For more on the story, see this Tucson Sentinel article.
This isn't the first time that humanitarian workers have risked criminal liability for their actions. For more academic reading on the broader issue of the criminalization of private aid, see Kristina Campbell's article, Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime? The Politics of Immigration Enforcement and the Provision of Sanctuary, Syracuse Law Review (2012).
And for more reading from a Judeo-Christian perspective, see Matthew 25: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."