Borderlands activists in legal victory

On Sept. 1 in Tucson, Arizona, US District Judge Raner Collins dismissed federal charges against humanitarian activists Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss. The two were arrested by the Border Patrol near Tucson on July 9, 2005, while driving sick migrants to a clinic, and were indicted on Aug. 3, 2005, for transporting undocumented immigrants. Collins ruled that No More Deaths officials had assured the activists “that the ‘protocol’ had been approved by Border Patrol and that the transportation for these medical purposes was not a violation of the law.” Collins noted that in the three years before 2005, “no one was arrested and prosecuted for following the protocol.” (Arizona Daily Star, Sept. 2, 5)

From Immigration News Briefs, Sept. 9

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