DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court (1:30-3:45)
Magistrate: Bruce MacDonald
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Fifteen lawyers, 4 Marshals, 3 Border Patrol
Mexican Consulate representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: Wife of immigrant on trial and friend
We were able to connect the wife of Manuel Enriquez Sotelo-Gamez, a 1st time crosser, with Wanda Day, his lawyer, who spoke with her and also brought the Mexican consulate’s representative to talk with her. She especially wanted to know where he would be deported that night so she could get him his diabetic medicine, which had been taken away by Border Patrol. Manuel crossed with his brother 2 days ago at Naco. His brother received 60 days in prison.
Of the 70 migrants today, 4 were excused due to language issues. All were re-entry crossers.
Most crossed at Sasabe, most were picked up immediately or within a day or two. One was 7 days in the desert. One attempted to enter at Nogales Port of Entry.
The 66 migrants sentenced will spend 3540 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to you and me of $569,940.
Benito Cruz-Lopez asked the judge why he had received more prison time than his friend. It wasn’t fair that more time was added because the government had transferred him to another port to be deported the last time he entered the US when he hadn’t asked for that. Why should he pay? His lawyer Vargas told MacDonald he had tried to explain why to Benito. Per expected, MacDonald said he had no authority to change his sentence.
MacDonald also explained this to two other migrants who asked to have their sentences reduced.