Humanitarian aid volunteer, Scott Warren, went on trial Wednesday for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
On Wednesday, the prosecution against Warren argued he was involved in a “conspiracy to harbor and transport” undocumented immigrants.
Warren’s defense lawyers argued “Scott intended one thing: to provide basic human kindness in the form of humanitarian aid.”
Border patrol arrested Warren on January 17, 2018, just hours after No More Deaths released a report on US Border Patrol agents intentionally destroying thousands of gallons of water left out for migrants crossing the desert.
For years, No More Deaths and other humanitarian aid groups have left water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey. Warren is charged with three felony counts of “harboring” undocumented immigrants.
The trial is ongoing. Warren has warned that the case against him “may set a dangerous precedent, as the government expands its definitions of ‘transportation’ and ‘harboring.’”