TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A border activist being tried in a federal court only intended “to provide basic human kindness” by helping two migrants with water, food and lodging last year, his lawyer told jurors Wednesday.
But prosecutors said they have evidence that 36-year-old Scott Daniel Warren conspired to harbor the migrants, and that they were not in distress when they made their way to a privately-owned building used to provide aid to immigrants who just crossed the desert from Mexico into Arizona.
“This case is not about humanitarian aid,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Walters. “It’s about Scott Warren and his decision to shield two illegal aliens from law enforcement.”
The Arizona Daily Star reported defense attorney Greg Kuykendall also said in his opening statement that prosecutors must prove his client intended to break the law for him to be found guilty of harboring migrants and conspiring to transport and harbor two immigrant men found with him who were in the U.S. illegally.
Warren was arrested in 2018 when Border Patrol agents found him at the property used to provide aid to immigrants in the southern Arizona town of Ajo, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the U.S.-Mexico border.