Border Patrol arrests 4 men at medical camp run by aid group

Border Patrol arrests 4 men at medical camp run by aid group

Border Patrol arrests 4 men at medical camp run by aid group

High temperatures are expected in southern Arizona this week, increasing the risk to immigrants who cross the border illegally and end up exposed to the desert's elements. She said the group was most troubled by the fact that agents apparently had tracked the migrants for 18 or so miles (28.9 or so kilometers) but waited until they were at the camp to arrest them.

The camp, about 11 miles north of the Mexican border, provides medical care for immigrants crossing into the US across the miles-long Sonoran Desert.

As a helicopter circled overhead, 15 trucks and about 30 agents, some armed with long rifles, swarmed into the camp run by No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, the organization said.

"The type of operation they are doing, for me, is unprecedented and there's nothing routine about what they did. It was a staged military siege on our camp".

"They didn't need 30 agents to apprehend four sick people", Gaffney said, adding that the agency's public relations team filmed the encounter.

A month prior, agents arrested eight men who were also inside the "No Más Muertes Camp" after negotiating with camp representatives.

The Arizona Border Patrol said that it obtained a warrant, raided the camp and arrested "four illegally present Mexican nationals" for "immigration violations".

No More Deaths called the raid "an egregious abuse by the law enforcement agency, a clear violation of worldwide humanitarian law, and a violation of the organization's agreement with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol", according to a press release.

Authorities said they had been monitoring the men since Tuesday, when they walked into the camp after spending several days in the desert in the scorching heat.

On Thursday Border Patrol agents tracked a group of 4 people to the camp. One of the aliens, Lucindo Diaz-Hernandez, is reported to be a convicted criminal with a felony record of possession with intent to deliver more than 600 pounds of marijuana. CBP said Diaz-Hernandez had been deported from the U.S. previously and will soon be presented for prosecution. The group has been providing aid for 13 years and has a verbal agreement with the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector to operate there. As a precaution, the men were also taken to a local hospital, where the staff confirmed they did not require any further medical attention. The Yuma Sector has 24 rescue beacons. "When we're responding to an emergency situation our focus is to provide life-saving aid to that individual". The group hopes to mitigate the conditions caused by brutal immigration enforcement policies that funnel migrants through the deadly frontier, where bleached human remains and the torn clothing of casualties are a common sight, while also raising awareness of a humanitarian crisis that has claimed over 7,000 lives.

They claim that border-enforcement policies in the U.S. have caused a humanitarian crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people since 1998.

But for years, workers from the No More Deaths humanitarian group have attempted to prevent these tragic deaths by providing water and lifesaving medical assistance to recent crossers, without interference from federal immigration agents, "described as a "good faith agreement" by No More Deaths.

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