Charity Worker Arrested, Facing 5 Years in Prison For Giving Starving Immigrants Food And Water

By John Vibes

Humanitarian volunteer and college professor, Scott Warren, was recently arrested by border patrol for giving immigrants food and water. Warren was charged with two counts of harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. If convicted, he could face five years in prison.

Suspiciously, this arrest happened just hours after border patrol was criticized by the organization that Warren works with, “No More Deaths.” Among various outreach efforts that the group is involved in, they are also known for leaving behind food and water for immigrants crossing the border.

Earlier this year, No More Deaths released a report showing that 3,856 gallons of water were destroyed by border agents over a four-year period. The report included video footage of border agents kicking over gallons of water and pouring them out.

“We document how Border Patrol agents engage in the widespread vandalism of gallons of water left for border crossers and routinely interfere with other humanitarian-aid efforts in rugged and remote areas of the borderlands,” No More Deaths said in a press release.

Just after the press conference when these videos were released, Warren was arrested while providing two immigrants with food and water at a safe house in the middle of the desert known as “The Barn.” Border patrol apparently had the safe house under surveillance and decided to raid the location just hours after the press conference that exposed their cruelty.

“After finding their way to ‘the Barn,’ Warren met them outside and gave them food and water for approximately three days. (One of the migrants) said that Warren took care of them in ‘the Barn’ by giving them food, water, beds and clean clothes,” the charges against Warren stated.

Warren’s attorney, Bill Walker, pointed out that Warren’s only crime was helping people survive.

“We don’t smuggle them, we don’t do anything to help them enter the United States, we do nothing illegal. This place that they raided is not in the middle of the desert, it’s not hidden anywhere. It’s in the city of Ajo, and it’s been used for a long time, not to help smuggle migrants, but to give medical care and food and water,” Walker told AZCentral.



Volunteer Caitlin Deighan said that the organization believes that this arrest was in retaliation for speaking out against the harsh practices of the border patrol.

“It felt retaliatory in that it occurred less than eight hours after our press conference releasing these findings that implicated Border Patrol. But we can’t confirm that with certainty. We see an escalation in the criminalization of humanitarian-aid workers, and especially in the west desert part of Arizona, which sees almost half of the recovered human remains that are found in Arizona. There’s a true danger there, and it’s an extremely important place for us to do work,” Deighan said.

A report last week from The Intercept detailed how federal agencies have been building a case against the organization for years, and revealed text messages that were sent between agents during the raid

Warren is not the first activist to get arrested for helping people survive the arduous journey across the border. In fact, eight other humanitarian workers, all from No More Deaths, are also facing similar charges from previous encounters with border patrol agents.

There is a very legitimate need for organizations like No More Deaths because, as their name implies, many people have lost their lives while crossing the border. Attacking a group like this is the equivalent of attacking a medic on a battlefield.

While the true extent of the death toll is unknown, a report from USA Today found that well over 7,209 lives have been lost in the past 20 years. The report indicated that the actual number is likely far higher because “federal authorities largely fail to count border crossers when their remains are recovered by local authorities, and even local counts are often incomplete.”

An untold number of people lose their lives attempting to cross borders in search of better lives or to reunite with family members and loved ones who live on the other side. Those who manage to survive the trip must live in constant fear of being kidnapped and caged in facilities that are even worse than prisons, before being dumped off in the place they tried to escape—and this is if they are lucky.

The arguments against an open immigration policy ignore this very real human cost while instead focusing on imaginary scenarios, many of which have been proven to be false. For example, a series of studies have indicated that immigration does not increase crime and that immigrants are actually far less likely to commit violent crimes than native-born citizens. Another study revealed that increased levels of immigration do not increase terrorism. Meanwhile, it has been found that you are at least eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.

There are also plenty of faulty economic arguments leveled against an open immigration policy, for those who are willing to trade another person’s life for a few extra dollars on their balance sheet. However, these claims have been shown to be baseless as well, since various studies have indicated that immigration actually drives economic growth and that that undocumented residents pay billions in taxes.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. John just won a 3-year-long battle with cancer, and will be working to help others through his experience, if you wish to contribute to his treatments consider subscribing to his podcast to support. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


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12 Comments on "Charity Worker Arrested, Facing 5 Years in Prison For Giving Starving Immigrants Food And Water"

  1. adding and abetting a foreign invasion force…

    • anticriminals | May 8, 2018 at 11:51 am | Reply

      Maybe so, but what most people don’t know is that America was invaded long ago with communists taking over your government. You are living in a communist country. War is being waged against you and the world. You don’t seem to understand how communism/ satanism is being carried out with your support. The day will come when you will wish for someone to show you a little compassion, but you will only find your neck shoved into the ground by jack-booted thugs.

      • Archie1954 | May 9, 2018 at 6:14 pm | Reply

        Insane!

        • anticriminals | May 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Reply

          You are right. It really is insane. The communists/ satanists that run your country are very good at the divide and conquer strategy. They used it very successfully in their war to enslave everybody; i.e. the American Civil War. They are using that same strategy to bring in humans; i.e. illegal aliens. They will get everybody to cry “we need a wall” and the ignorant masses will imprison themselves. They have already enslaved you to taxes and fraudulent debt in ways beyond your comprehension.

          “The menace of communism in this country will remain a menace until the American people make themselves aware of the techniques of communism. No one who truly understands what it really is can be taken in by it. Yet the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.”
          August 1956 Elks Magazine

          J. Edgar Hoover
          Director of the FBI for nearly 50 years
          WikiQuotes

  2. Regardless of where you stand on illegals it was a retaliatory act.

  3. ReallyBigglyDJT | May 9, 2018 at 7:14 am | Reply

    We must ban all immigration permanently. This guy is a traitor.

  4. Tk Matthews | May 9, 2018 at 10:31 am | Reply

    I wonder if the views that continue to support the disregarding or the outright breaking of the laws of our country could make a list of ALL the laws that we don’t need to follow. I am sure that there are a number of instances that nearly everyone here has something to put forth.If these laws were to be ignored ,THEN what kind of civilization and society would we have.Change the laws by the prescribed methods or break them and suffer the consequences .Pay the fine and do the time…

  5. “There is a very legitimate need for organizations like No More Deaths because, as their name implies, many people have lost their lives while crossing the border. Attacking a group like this is the equivalent of attacking a medic on a battlefield.”

    No, when those people make the decision to INVADE our nation illegally and unLawfully instead of crossing here LAWFULLY and legally they put themselves at risk. There would be “No More Deaths” if they came here LAWFULLY and LEGALLY. There really is a legal way. They chose NOT to use it.

    ““We don’t smuggle them, we don’t do anything to help them enter the United States, we do nothing illegal. This place that they raided is not in the middle of the desert, it’s not hidden anywhere. It’s in the city of Ajo, and it’s been used for a long time, not to help smuggle migrants, but to give medical care and food and water,” Walker told AZCentral.”

    He is wrong, as long as it is within the US borders, then he is ASSISTING criminals. Is it tough, yes, but when they decided to INVADE our nation illegally, they decided to maybe pay that price. Walker is still wrong, and I am not saying that if he had informed border patrol that he had illegals there that he was feeding, clothing, etc to come and deal with them THEN he would have been acting LAWFULLY. He did not, he was assisting their invasion of our nation. That IS the difference.

    There is a LAWFUL way to enter the USA, and those ILLEGAL INVADERS decided to NOT use it. Sorry, it was their own choice. Walker needs to be charged, and quite possibly also charged with TREASON.

  6. Archie1954 | May 9, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Reply

    The border agency is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corrupt judicial processes.

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