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US-MEXICO Border: Human Rights and the State

US-MEXICO: Humanitarian Aid Criminalised at the Border

ARIVACA, Arizona — Humanitarian aid groups trying to avert migrant deaths on the U.S- Mexico border are facing increased roadblocks in their mission. The hazards are not connected to a spike in drug cartels’ violence, but rather restrictions from the federal government.

By Valeria Fernández, IPS

Transporting a migrant in despair to a hospital could mean a volunteer is charged with human smuggling. A simple act of kindness like leaving water in the desert can be subject to penalties as well.

“We’re being intimidated and criminalised as humanitarians,” said Walt Staton, a 27-year-old volunteer with No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group. (For full story, click on GALDU site.

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