Friday, 18 August, 2017

Border Patrol arrests four immigrants at medical humanitarian camp in desert

Border Patrol warns of deadly heat for border-crossers Border Patrol raids desert aid camp, arrests 4 from Mexico
Craig Ferguson | 17 June, 2017, 11:26

The heavy-handed raid occurred in the sweltering triple-digit heat of Arizona's desert about 10 miles from the U.S. -Mexico border, netting four Mexican patients, arrested for unauthorized migration-related offenses, who were receiving medical care. The BORSTAR team will patrol remote areas of the Sonoran desert where chances of surviving a desert crossing are slim.

As an additional deterrent, the Border Patrol advises that individuals arrested crossing the border illegally in this identified high-risk area, will be presented for prosecution.

He said the Border Patrol understands No More Deaths' mission to provide aid, but added that those efforts can encourage smugglers.

The Laredo Sector Border Patrol rescued three illegal immigrants in a wooden cabinet inside of a van.

The U.S. government stands accused of treacherous conduct and a shameful disregard for human life after Border Patrol agents raided a medical station belonging to humanitarian group No More Deaths, also known as No Mas Muertes, on Thursday night.

About six to eight volunteers, including one doctor, were at the camp Thursday when agents arrested the four people. The group has been providing aid for 13 years and has a verbal agreement with the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector to operate there.

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Agents say they were able to find the men and arrest them after they determined all four were in the country illegally.

Two of the men arrested that day had prior significant criminal records in the USA; two others required medical vehicle at a local hospital. The camp is open most of the year. They were a little over 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) north of the worldwide border near the small town of Arivaca.

"If we could have arrested earlier", Paco said, "I assure you that we would have". Activating a beacon initiates an immediate response from the Border Patrol, and the nearest agent will go to that location to render aid.

FILE-In this August 5, 2010, file photo, No More Deaths volunteer Katie Maloney checks water jugs at the group's camp before heading out to supply water stations for illegal immigrants near Arivaca, Ariz., about 13 miles north of Mexico.

Gaffney, the volunteer, said the camp would carry on with normal operations.

"This is a targeted attack that happened after a series of intensified, amplified surveillance at camp over the last 3 months under the new Trump administration", she said.

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