DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate: Lynnette Kimmins
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: Nathan Watts leading 10 high school students from Napa, CA.
Court began with 37 migrants, but was immediately reduced to 29. Five were excused to go back their own countries due to lack of interpreters; one was rescheduled to meet in a week with an interpreter; and two were set for later court appearances because they changed their plea.
Carlos Lopez (17-22246M) spoke to Kimmins about his need for a doctor and she advised him to ask for one when he entered prison.
Most migrants entered the U.S. near Sasebe and Lukeville and were apprehended within days of crossing. However, Carlos Lopez-Duran spent 7 days in the desert before being caught and two other migrants were out for 5 days. Migrants volunteer the day that they cross the border to Border Patrol, according lawyer Daniel Anderson. (That day subtracted from the day they were apprehended equals time spent in the desert.) In total, the migrants will spend 2475 days in prison at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $398,475.
Lawyer David Valadez volunteered to speak to the Napa, CA students after court as the magistrate had another case.
Before court I spoke to Daniel Anderson about his client Luis Carlos Hernandez-Burciaga (17-22142M) from April 3rd. Luis remained seated before the magistrate then. Anderson followed up on Luis’ claim that he had been beaten by the Border Patrol when apprehended and discovered that it was true. He filed a complaint with the Border Patrol, who said they had the names of the agents involved.