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Arizona activist accused of guiding migrants 'further north' after border crossing

Added 11-13-19 10:10:03pm EST - “An Arizona activist on Wednesday was accused of breaking U.S. law by guiding mig...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Arizona activist accused of guiding migrants 'further north' after border crossing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) - An Arizona activist on Wednesday was accused of breaking U.S. law by guiding migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally but his lawyer said he was a “good Samaritan” offering aid to people crossing deadly deserts.

Scott Warren, 37, is appearing in his second trial this year after a Tucson jury was unable to reach a verdict in June on whether he broke the law by giving food, water and shelter to two migrants.

The split jury reflected divisions in public opinion on how the United States should treat illegal border crossers after U.S. President Donald Trump made tougher immigration law enforcement a policy priority.

“I believe he was showing them how to go further north into the U.S.,” Border Patrol agent Brendan Burns, assigned to investigate groups suspected of human trafficking, told a Tucson jury.

Burns and his partner John Marquez on Jan. 17, 2018 set up surveillance of a structure in Ajo, Arizona used as an operating base by Warren’s humanitarian group No More Deaths, which leaves water in Arizona’s Sonoran deserts for migrants.

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