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November 11, 2019

They Tried to Save the Lives of Immigrants Fleeing Danger. Now Theyíre Facing Prosecution
By Jasmine Aguilera, Arizona and Billy Perrigo, Berlin

Itís impossible to say how many U.S. aid workers have been prosecuted since Donald Trumpís election, though the Trump Administration made clear in a speech by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April 2017 that it planned to step up its pursuit of anyone suspected of aiding undocumented migrants. A data-gathering organization based at Syracuse University says the number of people prosecuted in the United States for charges related to bringing in or harboring undocumented migrants was more than 5,200 in fiscal year 2019, a 25.6 percent increase over 2018. Those numbers, obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse through Freedom of Information Act requests, donít specify how many cases involved humanitarian workers.

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