Judge Bruce MacDonald, 16 lawyers, 2 interpreters
Federal immigration lawyer and corrections, court and border patrol staff
Someone from the Mexican Consulate
Observers: 3 GV Samaritans and one first time observer from Tucson
31 migrants including 2 women: 12 people were picked up near Lukeville, 10 near Sasabe, 5 near Nogales and 1 near Naco.
One person was dismissed right away and one was remanded without bail awaiting an interpreter(??). Almost no one is eligible for bail no matter how long s/he waits for an interpreter or initial appearance.
Most people were picked up within the past few days. One person Alonzo Meza Zavala (22287) was picked up on March 18
Another man, Miguel Chiroy-Xinic (22288), had spent 5 days in the desert and his lawyer said he had had a tough time. Judge M. talked to him as to whether he wanted to continue until he felt better but he said no.
One man, Jose Alberto Rodelo-Hernandez (22286), was on crutches.
Lawyer Antonio Zapata told the judge that his client, Angelica Mendez-Martinez (22290), spoke Mixteca and had very limited experience outside her rural village and limited vocabulary in Spanish. The judge questioned her and she opted to continue in Spanish—30 days.
(Luis) Jacobo Santos-Roy (22291) was seen last, alone, by the judge after he had asked to speak further to his lawyer. He said it was not his intention to come to the US. He was lost in the border area on the Mexican side without food or water. When he saw some from the border patrol he approached them for help—at that point he was not concerned which side of the border he was on. The judge said this was a crime of status and the intention doesn’t matter—30 days.
2175 days were sentenced. At $161 a day, taxpayers pay $350,175 for 1 day out of 5 OS days in Tucson which represents one border sector out of nine.
This week’s news reported 540,000 immigration cases in arrears with 75 new immigration judges proposed over the next two years—our jobs program for border patrol, corrections and lawyers.