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As Scott Warren retrial nears, judge orders lawyer for volunteer nurse in migrant harboring case

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No More Deaths and The Samaritans should, or perhaps will, be the subject of a Masters thesis at Amherst, or Smith, or Mount Holyoke College. We have over fifteen months of detailed minutes and concept development, and news articles stretching back nearly a decade, describing a complex delusional system reminiscent of the pirate subculture in Peter Bradford Benchley’s The Island, or more pertinently, the shelling of lower Manhattan by the U.S. Navy in The Gangs of New York. The activities of these groups are at once futile, absurdist, frenetic, arrogant, self-absorbed, and a consequence of low self-esteem. Personal worth and careers are brought to equal value with the bleached and desiccated remains of ill-equipped and desperate fools who undertake to cross wastelands, often bearing contraband on behalf of Mexican drug lords and cartels, or invading jihadists. The fact is that cultural appropriation along the border allows the flow of tourists through the local community to become involved, through churches, media, the public library, and events in The Plaza. This constitutes a menace to commerce and the very real threat of innocent involvement in profound danger, not just from an unfamiliar and hostile environment, but also with crimes and relationships irrelevant to their lives and costly to personal well-being. The characterization of these activites as “democratic” or “peaceful”, or “humanitarian” masks the fact that they are anti-social, illegal, and antithetical to an ordered society’s efforts to control immigration and border security. The arrest of self-motivated activists is deserved and appropriate; they’ve done this to themselves and should wear prison orange for thirty years. After all, the penalty for Treason used to be death by hanging or firing squad. This running-around like an ill-informed tribe, in isolation and denial, is self-damaging and should be treated like any other mental illness, rather than condoned. Ultimately, the United States of America will prevail over international relations. Local authorities should restrain excesses of personal angst, before someone naive is seized by “the hard guys” in Sonoyta, and held to be ransomed. You should all take this nonsense personally, and put an end to this circus; LET THE BORDER PATROL DO THEIR JOB, and get out of the business of left-wingnut micromanagement.

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