Sadly, my friend and colleague Scott Warren is not out of the woods yet. In June, his trial for giving humanitarian aid to two undocumented immigrants ended in a hung jury and therefore a mistrial. But yesterday (July 2) federal prosecutors announced that though they were dropping the conspiracy charge against him, they would retry him on two counts of harboring undocumented immigrants. The new trial is set to begin on November 12. If convicted, Warren could spend up to ten years in prison.
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P.S. Though I’ve been extraordinarily busy, I’ve also been following the horrific news about the Border Patrol’s migrant detention centers—centers that have quite literally and quite correctly been called concentration camps (not extermination camps like Auschwitz, but concentration camps nonetheless). Indeed, much of this is going on right across the river from me in El Paso and vicinity.
I encourage you to do what you can to help these men, women, and children who are being horribly abused by the US government. To get started here are twenty ways you can help immigrants now.