Magistrate Thomas Ferraro
Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 16
Federal Public Defenders: 2
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: A group from Massachusetts, Lois Martin with a group.
Ferraro reads all the 1325 migrants their rights, then takes 8 at a time to individually ask them questions. These are asked once. He goes down the line just saying each migrant’s name without repeating the question.
Then he brings in all 1326 to read them their rights.
Many lawyers today stated their client’s first language was not Spanish, but that they had no trouble communicating with him/her. Ferraro then took the time to question each one to ascertain whether this was true. Two seemed to be confused and he gave them extra time with their lawyers before proceeding. He also gave each group of 8 time to either ask questions or to make a statement.
Elgar Francisco Orellana-Reyes (19-27302MP) lawyer Samuel Washington.
Miguel Antonio Alvarado (19-27250M), lawyer Patrick Doyle.
Of the 73 migrants, 2 were dismissed due to lack of interpreters, 28 were first time crossers (1325) and 43 had re-entered (1326). One man from Mexico, who had crossed once, was excused by Lewis after Ferraro determined he could not understand in Spanish. The majority were from Mexico, with a handful from Guatemala and a few from Honduras. Most crossed at Lukeville, but many also near Nogales. Two came through a port.
One man in a wheel chair was injured in the desert, was confused and had his case set to May 13th. The plea agreement for Mario Gonzales-Mendez was voided after Mr. Lewis discovered he was under probation in Texas. Mario will proceed with a felony.
The 43 re-entry clients will spend a total 1875 days in mostly private prisons.