Magistrate Jacqueline Rateau
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
2 Border Patrol
14 CJA Lawyers
2 Public Defenders
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey, Judy Konopaski
More migrants were first time crossers (45) than re-entry ones (30). Three were dismissed because the court lacked interpreters for them and one was dismissed without prejudice during court procedure when Mr. Lewis agreed he didn’t understand Spanish well enough to proceed.
Five crossed at the port of Nogales using fraudulent papers and two were apprehended trying to cross on the freight train. No point of entry or country of origin were given by Rateau.
The 30 were sentenced to prison for a total of 1290 days, a low number because the majority of migrants received no more than 30 days.
Sarita Maigualida Mazariegos-Castillo (18-38014MP) lawyer Myria Garcia. Sarita had been separated from her 11 yr. old sister by Border Patrol even though Saria had Guatemalan papers showing she had custody of her. Sarita would be a few days in prison before being flown back to Guatemala. She wanted to return with her younger sister.
Elvia Rodriguez-Valencia was very concerned because a large amount of money had been taken from her. Lawyer Ruiz mentioned it to the magistrate who assured Elva it would be returned before she was flown back home.
Magdalena Terraza-Lopez (18-38040MP) a first time crosser from Guatemala signed the asylum paper, but her lawyer Cheryl Blum said she would mail it to her in prison because the Marshalls would not let her take it with her. Blum thought Magdalena would receive it because she had to wait for a full plane to fly back to Guatemala.
Nicolas De Tolentino Cruz-Figueroa (18-38032M) expressed a credible fear. His lawyer Isabel Amsel said she gave him the asylum paper even though she understood he would not be allowed to keep it.