United States v. Hoffman

Volunteers with No More Deaths/No Más Muertes—a faith-based organization that leaves food, water, and medical supplies in the desert for migrants crossing the border—are charged with entering a wildlife refuge without a permit and abandoning property. A federal magistrate judge convicts them on all counts. D. Arizona: Not so fast! The law burdens their sincere exercise of religion, which triggers the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Even if the feds have a compelling interest in “preventing Defendants from interfering with a border enforcement strategy of deterrence by death,” there are less restrictive ways to go about it. (via @ASFleischman)

Tags: 2020, District of Arizona, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Religious Liberty

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