Immigration

Border Patrol Sends an Army to a Humanitarian Camp

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For reasons I cannot rationalize, Border Patrol dispatched an army of agents to a humanitarian aid camp in the Arizona desert where immigrants receive shelter and treatment.

The arrests came during a heat wave and after several days of heightened surveillance of the camp, which is run by No More Deaths. In a tweet Thursday evening, the organization said “30 armed agents entered camp w at least 15 trucks, 2 quads and helicopter to apprehend four patients receiving care.” Tucson.com first reported on the arrests Thursday evening.

This is morally repugnant and unnecessary, but it also strikes me as being a gigantic waste of money.

They dispatched 30 agents in 15 trucks, 2 squads, and a goddamn helicopter to arrest just four immigrants suffering from heat exhaustion in the desert. Flying a helicopter isn't free, you know?

The aid camp was established in 2013 when the Obama administration reached an informal deal with No More Deaths to treat the camp as a "medical facility" under Red Cross standards, but the sadistic agents enabled by Trump's racist regime cannot be trusted to abide by any such agreements.

Trump spoke in Miami this morning where he decried Cuba's record on human rights and announced a minor rollback of our normalization of relations with Cuba, but he's arresting immigrants at humanitarian camps. He has no clothes.

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