Get that Good Samaritan shit the fuck outta here

So now it’s illegal to give water to those dying of thirst.

Sometime around 2008, the Department of Dick Moves US Fish and Wildlife Service arrested a pastor that was leaving bottles of water near the Mexican border so that illegal immigrants wouldn’t die in the desert. From Time:

At his trial, Millis admitted he had left water for illegal immigrants to find on their travels, but he insisted that he had not broken the law. “Humanitarian aid,” he contended, “is never a crime.” The magistrate judge disagreed, however, finding Millis guilty and giving him a suspended sentence. On appeal, a federal district court judge affirmed the conviction. Millis appealed again.

For the San Francisco–based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — which covers Arizona, California and seven other Western states — it came down to a matter of definitions. Millis was not charged with littering per se. He was accused of disposing of “garbage, refuse sewage, sludge, earth, rocks, and other debris” in a national wildlife refuge. The government claimed that the water bottles Millis left behind for the immigrants were “garbage.”

He ended up winning his second appeal on a technicality, but the courts left it open for him to be successfully fined if he did it again.

Humanitarian aid is not a crime, and the petty bureaucrats in the US Fish and Wildlife Service care more about exercising their little tiny slice of power than saving people’s lives. It’s not even their water, for fuck’s sake. I just… Christ. Fuck them.

posted by Stuart Richards
  • stephenv

    False authority. If someone wants to give water to another person… the government has no right to intervene. And no, that’s not an endorsement of illegal entry.

    • http://pauliecannoli.wordpress.com/author/pauliecannoli/ paulie

      Here’s an endorsement of “illegal” entry. Bad laws should be broken.

      • http://www.foraaugusta.net Stuart Richards

        Agreed.