Judge Jaqueline Rateau and 15 lawyers
22 shackled detainees including 1 woman—no mention of country of origin
Besides me there was a group from NAU who were on a trip to see different stages of the immigrant experience. They were going to a No More Deaths camp and a mission.
The Judge called 7 prisoners with their lawyers at a time. She seemed more economical with her time than other judges. She gave a brief, clear explanation of the procedure and options available. When the groups of seven were standing, she would say to the first to her left—Have you been pressured into this agreement? And you (name). And you. And you. And you. And you. And you. She did that with a few questions and then spoke to each individual stating the date and point of entry and taking his/her plea.
14 people were picked up near Douglas, 5 near Sasabe, 4 near Nogales and 2 each near Naco and Lukeville. There were no language concerns raised and no special requests except one lawyer who wanted a little more time with her client at the end of the hearing.
All had entered in the last few days except a migrant who entered in September of 2013 and was given 105 days.
All together the 22 prisoners were given 1610 days of incarceration. Multiply that times $161 a day equals $259,210 plus 15 lawyer working for 6 hours each, 2 translators, court officers, Border Patrol and the federal lawyer.
We talked to two public defenders, Joel Parris and Grace Goodman; neither was a fan of the system. Mr. Parris was extremely upset over the Election Day events. He encouraged having observers at these hearings as it made the judges stand a little taller. Ms. Goodman has been doing this for 4 years. She said when she started people were often given time served but now the shortest sentence is 30 days. She said that people who were given 30-60-75 days often go to private prisons near Florence. Once a person has a record of misdemeanor and deportation it is very difficult ever to qualify for legal entry into the USA. She said that she thought the motives to come—economic or family here—were so strong that OS was not effective against it. Katrina Schumacher