DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate: Eric Markovich
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Ausland
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: Lois Martin of No More Deaths guiding 2 large college groups, one from USC. 4 students from Northern Colorado University; Angelo Lavo, a UA law student
In 60 minutes, Magistrate Markovich convicted 30 migrants of the misdemeanor of illegal entering without proper papers. The felony charge of re-entering was dropped, but each migrant left with a criminal record that makes it almost impossible for each to enter the U.S. legally. Even if they could come in legally, it would take 6-20 years, depending on their circumstance, too long for most migrants who want to be re-united with U.S. family or earn enough money to feed their family in Mexico.
Convictions added up to 2670 days in prison. Cost to U.S. taxpayers is $429,870.
No migrant spoke. An unusual number had been in the hot desert 3-8 days before being apprehended by Border Patrol agents. Most crossed at Nogales and Lukeville.