DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate: Jacqueline Rateau
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Alan Koch
Thirty-six migrants in court today were quickly reduced to thirty. Four were dismissed “without prejudice” to return to their own countries, probably because the court lacked interpreters for indigenous languages. Two had their hearings rescheduled for reasons I couldn’t hear.
Felipe Arteaga Lopez (17-22132M) was disqualified for Operation Streamline. Prosecutor Lewis had discovered Lopez had violated his supervision from a previous court sentence. He dismissed the misdemeanor, kept the felony charge, and kept him in detention pending another court hearing.
Seated, Luis Carlos Hernandez-Busciaga (17-22142M) faced the magistrate for a sentencing of 150 days. His lawyer, Daniel Anderson, told the court Luis had been injured while being apprehended and he planned to contact Border Patrol to get their version of what happened.
A third of the migrants had been caught the day before; another third 2 days before and fourteen three days before. Three men had been in the desert 10 days before being apprehended and Roberto Roman Esquivel-Morales was out for 12 days.
An unusual number (8) received the maximum sentence of 180 days. Together, the migrants today will spend 3030 days in mostly private prisons for a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $487,830.