Border Patrol rounds up mass of illegal immigrants at desert aid camp

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U.S. Border Patrol agents served search warrants at a humanitarian aid camp along the southern Arizona border after several illegal immigrants allegedly entered the camp called “No More Deaths” to escape the sweltering desert heat, reports Fox News.

The non-profit organization located at the Arizona border, No More Deaths, was reportedly providing medical care and water to the illegal immigrants who entered the camp at the time that border agents raided the site Thursday to arrest four illegal immigrants.

The U.S. Border Patrol agency posted a statement on Twitter that it had been monitoring a group of four individuals “wearing camouflage and walking north on a known smuggling route.” After they “did not find foot sign of the individuals leaving camp,” the Tucson Sector Border Patrol allegedly contacted representatives at No More Deaths to “continue a positive working relationship and resolve the situation amicably. The talks, however, were unsuccessful.”

Camp officials posted on Facebook that “[a] helicopter, 15 trucks, and 30 armed agents descended on the medical aid station to apprehend 4 people receiving medical care in deadly summer heat.”

The agency took to Twitter to post that it felt “compelled to seek a search warrant” to question the migrants and said a similar raid had taken place last month, which resulted in border agents arresting eight illegal immigrants, two of whom had criminal backgrounds.

No More Deaths organizers claim that law enforcement officials have been actively surveilling the desert camp since Tuesday afternoon to deter immigrants from entering the site.

The group posted on social media that “the raid on the medical aid camp is unacceptable and a break in our good faith agreements w/BP to respect the critical work of #NoMoreDeaths.”

It then added a second tweet that evening, saying: “The choice to interdict people only after they entered the #NoMoreDeaths camp is evidence that this was a direct attack on humanitarian aid.”

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