DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate: Thomas Ferraro
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Of the 57 migrants today, 2 were excused to return to their own country and one case was continued. Jose Leonel Morales-Tun (17-22492M) told his lawyer Saul Huerta he feared being returned to Guatemala and Huerta told the magistrate for the record and put that note into Jose’s file.
When Sabas Garcia-Cota told Ferraro the Mexican Counselor had said he would spend 30, not 60, days in prison, Ferraro explained the Counselor had no authority to decide lengths of sentences. Esteban De La Pila-Arroyo spoke passionately about his family troubles and asked for leniency, but the magistrate responded that he had no authority to lessen sentences after Sabas had signed his plea agreement.
The 6 migrants from Guatemala, 6 from Honduras, 2 from El Salvador and the rest from Mexico will spend a total of 4590 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $734,400. Most crossed near Sasabe and Nogales.
On Monday, the busiest day at Streamline, the Public Defender’s Office usually sends one FPD lawyer to represent migrants. When Tucson’s OS first began in 2008, all lawyers were from that office.