Magistrate Lynnette Kimmins, Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 13, Federal Public Defenders: 2,
Marshals: 5, Interpreters: 2
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Vicki Rapp-Gabrielson
Visitors: Cheverus High School students from Portland, Maine with Joshua from Border Links.
There were 3 excused at the beginning of court. Eighteen were first time crossers and 54 re-entry. Five attempted to enter at Nogales Port of Entry and the rest were apprehended between ports.
Joao Vitor Gomes Martins (19-26532MP) was a first time crosser who was excused due to lack of interpreters. His lawyer Cheryl Blum told me Joao is from Brazil, speaks only Portuguese, and she was able to communicate by calling on a friend in the courthouse to interpret, thus discovering he had a credible fear of returning to Brazil. She is calling an immigration lawyer to meet with him while he waits in detention for a full plane to take him home.
Walberto Wilfredo Peraza-Figueroa (19-26471M), lawyer Solares, is from El Salvador and spent 5 days in the desert. Solares said he had given Walberto “papers.”
Crossings occurred almost equally near Nogales, Lukeville, Douglas and Sasabe. Altogether, the re-entry migrants will spend 2850 days in mostly private prisons, probably in Eloy, AZ. The first time crossers were excused to return to their countries with no prison time, but with a criminal record which will most likely preclude any chance of entering the U.S. legally.
I spoke briefly with the high school students at Joshua’s invitation after court. I thanked them for coming when Maine is so very far from our issues at the border, then asked if they knew why the migrants come. We agreed they come due to fear in their country, desire to be re-united with their family in the U.S, and the need to get a job to feed their family back home due to a drought that has killed their crops.
- Sara Busey