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Why is the US cracking down on aid workers at the border? | The Stream

Scott Warren is dedicated to helping people making the gruelling trek across the US-Mexico border. But he now faces criminal charges – and possibly years in prison – for providing that often life-saving aid.

Warren is a volunteer with charity No More Deaths, which routinely helps migrants crossing the border. He was arrested and charged last year with two counts of harbouring and one count of conspiracy after giving food, water and shelter to two undocumented migrants. Warren is currently on trial and, if convicted, he could serve up to 20 years in prison. In a separate case, Teresa Todd was stopped by police while giving three young El Salvadorans a ride in her car. She is now the subject of an ongoing investigation. Both cases, activists say, highlight a growing trend.

Although aid workers have faced similar issues under previous US governments, rights groups say President Donald Trump’s crackdown on those helping migrants is unprecedented. The number of people federally charged with smuggling and harbouring grew by almost a third from 2015-2018, with the biggest increase coming in 2018.

The crackdown is not only happening on the US side of the border. On June 5, Mexican authorities arrested Irineo Mujica and Cristobal Sanchez. Both work with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an organisation that helps migrant caravans. Mujica is also accused of being a co-conspirator in the Warren case.

As the United Nations and rights group Amnesty International urge US authorities to stop criminalising those providing aid to migrants, The Stream will look at the situation on both sides of the border and ask how aid workers are navigating an increasingly challenging environment. Join the conversation.

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    The higher powers and the supper and the fillabuster is till you light the pool go and the jumble laws says this the time tow flip the country over

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    Stop all aid for illegal aliens……they are risking their lives…..n should know the consequences of their actions……they are not welcome here…..we are fed up……the door is closed…..stay away.!!……xxx

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    The nations divead dos fall and the use is devised in 4 was dimacates and repumicon and libles and the mulisiobs is divead

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    This is real. Nazi US of Al Qaeda making sympathy and compassion immoral but legalizing invasion of Venezuela and continued terrorism and murder of Palestinians by Nazi Israel.

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    These are not AID workers. Fake news from Al.. Shocking eh?

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    Starting to see forms of genocide globally, this is the NWO starting to out itself.

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    What is this really ?
    Surface depopulation bit by bit !!!

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    So they can go screw up their own country!! Send them back !!!!!! GTFO!! Quit harboring illegals!!!!! Arrest all the sympathizers !!!

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    Surely qatar needs some democracy now

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    Because these aid workers are infiltrators and they are there to smuggle drugs and collapse the border into mexico.

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    Does anyone even deny this is about straight up racism anymore? If so why isn't anyone crowing about the mostly wide open Canadian border?

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    These groups are supported George Soros, these groups are encouraging these illegals to brake our US laws!

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    This pass month 134,000 illegals cross our US boarders! Yes, put all George Soros group in jail.

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    EXCELLENT reporting Let's fix the problems in Central America instead of trying to fix problems on the other side of the planet. These are human beings not animals. Walls are only meant to be climbed over. Trump is going about this in the most ignorant way as we in the US are losing our sense of decency.

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    So I'm going to verify this to C if it is true or false. I call balderdash.

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    Thank you for watching, everybody. More from The Stream here: aljazeera.com/thestream

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    We are getting lazy and Mexican are doing the hard works, Imagine there hard to find an American worker install shingles on a steep slope roof. in the Texas summer of 112 degree temperature for $10 beer hour.. … Everything will go up unless we have an alternative plan.

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    Does the Clinton foundation still fund Al Jazeera?

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    Mine the border a few brown kids missing limbs will make them think twice. the violent jihadi islamist muslims should agree.

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    It is really a dilemma for anyone to argue one way or the other. Aid workers or ordinary people could be innocent and just wanted to save lives but they could be criminals doing something illegal.

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    enforcing the law

    Not criminalizing aide.

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    They are not aid workers they are human smugglers.

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    People don't have a right to come to other country's and yes these people are human traffickers

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    Very one sided discussion. One needs to remember that the numbers have exploded. It's not sustainable. The laws made have became outdated. And many of these organizations have political agendas and philosophies.

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    Take care of your own first moron!

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    Such actions are an illegal violation of Constitutional Rights of US Citizens.

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    Trump is Trump but every person who stands with him are damned.

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    One third of worlds murders occur in latin America,your being naive if you think this won't immigrate along with the illegal immigrants.

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    YOU AID WORKERS GETTING FOOLED. AFRICANS ARE NOT REFUGEES, HONDURANS, GUATEMALANS,VENEZUELANS, EL SALVADORANS. YOU SHOULD JUST KEEP THEM THERE,IF YOU PROVIDE AID. OR BRINGING THEM I N MEANS DECEASES.HERE.

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    HOW ABOUT THE DRUG CARTELS, MEX. CARTELS FEELING SORRY FOR US FOR A CHANGE. HAVING OUR YOUNG KIDS KILLED BY THE DRUGS THE MULES ARE BRINGING. AND OUR HOMELESS ?? DUH. WHERE IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS DOING ABOUT???

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    The people breaching borders always want no borders.
    While the people whose borders are being breached generally want stronger borders.
    The people who want no borders usually live behind big walls in big homes with elaborate security to AVOID HAVING THEIR BOUNDARIES BREACHED.

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    Don't want to suffer in the desert? Don't want your children to suffer in a desert?
    Don't walk a month across a desert and then blame others for your suffering.

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    old migrants dont want new migrants anymore

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    #ADOS I do not mind helping people that are thirsty and hungry, but this needs to stop! Illegal immigration is STILL ILLEGAL!! If these people care so much for these migrants bring them to your house or home to live. In America, we have our own problems to take care of, HOMELESSNESS, VETERAN HOMELESSNESS, AND MORE. People of the United States DID NOT ASK THESE PEOPLE TO COME HERE, so stop blaming Americans for what people choose to do! Stop the Gang violence in your cities, stop the corrupt regimes in your countries of Honduras, Guatemala and other countries. We as Melinated Black Americans are so sick and tired of these people coming to the United Staes getting free services, free Social SECURITY CHECKS THAT MELINATED BLACK AMERICANS had to FIGHT, MARCH AND DIE FOR!! My Melinated Black American people did not run to another country for asylum from racism, from being terrorized by Caucasoid White American terrorist, hung, lynched and experimented on! WE FOUGHT, BOYCOTTED, VOTED AND MARCHED !! #ADOS

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    So come to our country the legal way and you Will Not need water omg

    Cheaters cutting in line
    With new shoes
    Overweight
    Devices
    Fake kids

    Wake up

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    Criminals aiding and abetting other criminals, including the Vatican and Mexico.

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    Oh come on they uber them
    Right into our country lol
    Your not supposed to help illegals cut in line !!!
    Aiding an embedding
    Hello ?!????

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    Give them a drink of waterand call border patrol

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    It is aiding and abetting criminal behavior and is unnecessary as the USA Is capable of providing aid

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    Harboring a fugitive illegal don't come.
    And they rent their children out for $120 to do it. 90% are not related to the children

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    Are you a human being or not?

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    AJ worried about aid workers at US borders? Guess foreign workers at home in Qatar is a less pressing issue for this "progressive" channel.

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    lock the traffickers up. al otro lado & no more deaths are frauds.

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