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Trial begins in the case of ASU teacher charged with harboring undocumented immigrants

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Protesters hold up signs outside the District Court House in Tucson, Arizona, on the first day of the trail of ASU faculty associate Scott Warren on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
/ Courtesy photo by No More Deaths 

ASU faculty associate Scott Warren could face up to 20 years in prison

By Brenna Toshner | State Press

The federal trial of ASU faculty associate Scott Warren’s aid to undocumented immigrants officially began following a press conference and jury selection in Tucson on Wednesday.

Warren, a volunteer with the humanitarian group No More Deaths, was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol in Ajo, Arizona, on suspicion of concealing, harboring or shielding two undocumented immigrants in January 2018.

Warren faces felony charges on counts of “harboring illegal aliens” and “conspiricy to transport and harbor illegal aliens,” according to court reccords, and could face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

No Más Muertes ASU, a student branch of No More Deaths, was at the courthouse Wednesday protesting the charges against Warren and “standing in solidarity” with him.

Alexia Isais, a member of No Más Muertes ASU, said the group believes the charges against Warren should be dropped. 

“We all have the right to help those around us,” Isais said. “We have the right to stand in solidarity with the migrant community as well. … If they charge Dr. Scott Warren with 20 years in prison, it will be a direct attack upon all of us, basically.”

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