Immigrant Rights Fighters Win Victory in
[In July 2005, even without HR4437, federal authorities arrested two immigrant rights volunteers in Tucson, Arizona—Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss—and tried to criminalize them for helping the many undocumented workers who risk their lives walking through the harsh Arizona desert in order to reach places in the U.S. where they can find jobs.
[After a yearlong protest campaign, including a recent West Coast speaking tour by Shanti and Daniel, the charges against them have now been dropped. The following press release, dated September 1, 2006, reports on the victory.]
Charges Dismissed Against
Strauss were arrested July 9, 2005, while medically evacuating three sick migrants
At the time of their arrest, the two humanitarian volunteers were following a protocol that had been previously agreed to by the U.S. Border Patrol. In his ruling Judge Collins states that Sellz and Strauss had made reasonable efforts to ensure that their actions were not in violation of the law, and that “further prosecution would violate the Defendants’ due process rights.”
The case against Sellz and Strauss drew national attention, dramatically
framing the human cost of
Many supporters interpret Judge Collins’s decision as a victory for human rights. “This is a wonderful result for humanitarian work in general, and should be seen as a victory for everyone. The judge made it clear that the real winners are the migrants, who [the volunteers of] No More Deaths are working to rescue;” said attorney Bill Walker, who represents Sellz.
Despite the prosecution of Sellz and Strauss, hundreds of volunteers once again
traveled to southern
While politicians debate
immigration reform, hundreds of migrants continue to die along the U.S.-Mexico
border. Already this year, more than 171 migrants have perished in
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