No More Deaths rally in support of volunteers facing trial

No More Deaths holds a news conference before a trial

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A rally took place in downtown Tucson on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in support of local volunteers, who could go to prison, for trying to help illegal immigrants who might have otherwise died in the desert.

Nine volunteers with No More Deaths face charges for humanitarian-aid work on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. The charges include misdemeanors for leaving caches of food and water in the desert.

Volunteers have been doing similar work for more than a decade, but enforcement has increased under the Trump administation's hardline immigration stance.

If convicted the volunteers could get up to six months.

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