Four women have been convicted by a federal judge of illegally entering a national wildlife refuge, in a case that shows yet again why we need better security on our borders. The women were left-wing activists engaged in helping people illegally enter the country, and as long as the border is open, people like this will keep working to undermine our economy, safety and way of life.
One argument that’s been used against President Trump’s wall is that a lot of our border with Mexico doesn’t need a wall – natural obstacles will prevent people getting across it. That’s true in parts, where major rivers are a formidable obstacle, but in other places the climate is the main barrier. Unfortunately, some of our fellow citizens are undermining that by actively helping intruders get through desert regions.
- On August 13, 2017, a Fish and Wildlife officer in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge stopped a car he suspected of driving in the refuge without a permit. Cabeza Prieta is 860,000 acres of the Yuma Desert in southwestern Arizona, and it was set up in 1939 to protect the endangered desert bighorn sheep. Today it’s one of the southern USA’s most diverse wildlife areas.
- Unfortunately it’s also a major corridor for illegal immigrants. The route from Mexico into Arizona through the reserve is busy – and dangerous. Since 2017 at least 40 illegals have died in the desert.
- Open border activists often leave food and water along routes like this, a dangerous move that just encourages more people to try the risky journey. Since 2017 the administration has tightened up on people who do this.
- Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were activists with the group No More Deaths, which encourages members to leave supplies along the border. In 2017 they entered the wildlife refuge in Hoffman’s car, which was loaded with gallon jugs of water and canned beans, and started dumping supply caches along known people-smuggling routes. Luckily, an alert officer spotted and stopped them.
- In January, all four were convicted of entering the refuge without a permit and abandoning personal property. These are misdemeanor charges, and don’t really match how serious the offences were, but they still face up to six months in prison.