News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Federal trial planned for volunteer who left water in desert

By Stephanie Innes

Arizona Daily Star

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.23.2008

Rather than pay a $175 fine, a local aid volunteer is set to go on trial this week for leaving water jugs in the desert for illegal immigrants.

Daniel Millis, 29, is expected to go on trial in federal court Friday morning to defend himself against charges that he littered in Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in February.

The way he sees it, he was punished in the course of offering help.

He says he left 22 one-gallon water jugs in the desert as part of his work with the local faith-based immigrant-aid group No More Deaths.

"Littering is a crime, but humanitarian aid is not a crime," Millis said Tuesday.

Millis was cited as he and three other volunteers with No More Deaths were placing water jugs on a trail in the refuge, which is known to be heavily traveled by migrants who are illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico on foot.

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