SOUTHERN BORDER – Earlier this week a federal judge sentenced four women to 15 months probation and a fine for aiding undocumented migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The women, Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick, were specifically convicted of operating a vehicle without any permit, entering a wildlife refuge without a permit, and abandoning property at a wildlife refuge.
They can serve unsupervised probation, and their fines total $250 each. These felony charges are Class B misdemeanors.
All four women are volunteers with an organization called No More Deaths. No More Deaths mission is to “save the lives of immigrants crossing into the U.S. illegally.”
However, the organization admitted guilt in breaking the law.
“We may have been found guilty but the real crime is the government’s deliberate policy to use ‘death as a deterrent’ at the U.S./Mexico border,” it said.
Judge Bernardo Velasco delivered their sentence and wrote:
“That a federal law requires people who access Cabeza Prieta to obtain a permit for entry, which would require the applicant to remain on designated roads and not leave anything within the refuge.”
On Feb. 21, Four other women (Caitlin Deighan, Rebecca Richeimer, Zoe Anderson, and Logan Hollarsmith) paid a $250 each and prosecutors did not move forward with prosecution.
In Arizona, volunteers continue to square off with federal laws. The Arizona Republic reported that Scott Warren, a member of Cabeza 9, is also facing felony charges for allegedly harboring two undocumented immigrants.