DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court (1:30-3:05)
Magistrate: Jacqueline Rateau
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Fifteen lawyers, 3 Marshalls, 1 Contract Marshall, 2 Border Patrol
Mexican Consulate representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: Adult group from Holy Trinity Cathedral in D.C. with Katie of Kino Border Initiative
Three migrants spoke:
“I am here because my family is in Phoenix.” (He received 180 days for multiple entries.)
“ I want to apologize to this great nation.”
“I am guilty and will never do it again.”
Three were dismissed due to a lack of interpreters. Only 8 were first time crossers who plead guilty and were dismissed into the custody of “Bureau of Prisons,” by Rateau. (I think she meant Border Patrol or ICE.) Two migrants had presented fraudulent documents at Douglas’ port of entry. All other crossed through the desert.
Magistrate Rateau has a unique process. She doesn’t tell each group of migrants who she is nor bid them good luck as they leave. She asks the first migrant in the group a question, then says “to you” to the next migrant. No mention was made of when and where they entered the US or what country they originally came from. “Sometime within the last week you crossed into Arizona without being inspected at a port of entry. Correct?”
No requests for asylum or medical treatment.
The 72 sentenced migrants collectively received 4245 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to you and me of $683,445.
- Sara Busey