The right to water is recognized in international legal instruments, as part of the most basic requirements for sustaining the live and dignity of persons. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the destruction of water supplies is considered a denial of humanitarian assistance.
No More Deaths has reported that water containers were vandalized on average twice a week, between 2012 and 2015. It said Border Patrol agents were the main perpetrators accusing them of destroying humanitarian supplies in the desert. After this, on January 17, 2018, Scott Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths, was arrested and charged with a felony for harboring migrants.