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Showdown in the Sonoran DesertReligion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy$
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Ananda Rose

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890934.001.0001

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Transcending Borders: No More Deaths and a Higher Moral Law

Transcending Borders: No More Deaths and a Higher Moral Law

(p.61) Chapter 4 Transcending Borders: No More Deaths and a Higher Moral Law
Showdown in the Sonoran Desert

Ananda Rose

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the high-profile clashes between federal law enforcement officials and members of another of Arizona's border ministries, No More Deaths. The group's approach is more confrontational that that of Humane Borders, having adopted the strategy of “civil disobedience” and “civil initiative” of the Sanctuary days in their efforts to stop migrant death, to raise awareness about the suffering of migrants, and to protest federal laws, which the group believes are unjust, immoral, and ultimately responsible for migrant deaths. The chapter looks at the range of initiatives that No More Deaths has launched over the years (Arks of the Covenant, Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime, Migrant Aid Centers, and Abuse Documentation), as well as at the dramatic legal suits brought against No More Deaths’ members by federal officials for illegally harboring migrants, as in the case of Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss, and for littering on national park land, as in the case of Walt Staton and Daniel Millis. This chapter shows the deeply contentious relationship between federal officials and interfaith activists at the border.

Keywords:   No More Deaths, People of Faith and Conscience, moral law, Arks of the Covenant, Ark Sites, Arivaca, Byrd Baylor, humanitarian aid, Migrant Aid Centers, Abuse Documentation, short term custody, Walt Staton, Dan Millis, port of entry, harboring, littering, Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge

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