“In July and October, Border Patrol performed nighttime raids of Byrd Camp, descending on camp with armored tanks, ATVS, a helicopter, and lots of marked and unmarked autos and arresting over 50 folks,” No Extra Deaths stated within the launch. Among the agents who helped carry out at least one of those raids were members of BORTAC, the identical tactical unit that kidnapped demonstrators off the street in Portland, Oregon, earlier this 12 months.
The federal authorities has additionally focused particular person volunteers with the group, amongst them Scott Daniel Warren, who federal prosecutors repeatedly tried to convict and imprison on felony fees of harboring undocumented immigrants. That mission, fortunately, failed. “The not responsible verdict got here after simply 2.5 hours of deliberation,” the Arizona Daily Star reported final 12 months, “and it was greeted with cheering, laughter and tears from Warren’s supporters and fellow help employees, together with a contingent of clergy members from throughout the nation.”
A very good deal (if not all) of Border Patrol’s vendetta comes from No Extra Deaths attempting to carry it accountable for its evil abuses: Warren’s preliminary arrest got here after the humanitarian group released a devastating report that included footage of border brokers attempting to kill migrants by gleefully destroying a few of the lifesaving jugs of water left by volunteers within the desert.
The out-of-control company continues to be attempting to kill migrants. “These raids are designed to drive migrants in want of lifesaving care away from the humanitarian help station, making the desert even extra lethal,” No Extra Deaths stated in its preliminary launch. “The criminalization of migration and humanitarian help has lethal penalties. According to the Pima County Medical Examiner, 225 our bodies have been recovered this 12 months within the desert, up from 144 final 12 months. 3,365 our bodies have been recovered since 2001.”
“No quantity of reform can change an company that constantly targets folks in search of humanitarian help with violent military-style power, particularly on the eve of a vacation meant to have fun hospitality in direction of vacationers from distant lands,” volunteer Montana Thames stated within the assertion. “These actions are merely a continuation of the violent practices Border Patrol makes use of to terrorize these crossing the desert every day. They have to be defunded.”
“Regardless of stress by Border Patrol, No Extra Deaths will proceed to offer meals, water, and medical care to these crossing the desert,” the group added. And right here’s one other reminder for the company as nicely: Humanitarian help isn’t against the law.