Magistrate Bruce MacDonald
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Today, in contrast to most OS sessions, no one was excused to return to their home counrty because they could not understand either English or Spanish. (How many of these migrants are sent back to dangerous situations because neither the Border Patrol nor OS has interpreters to understand a migrant’s claim of “credible fear,” the primary test for asylum?)
There were many Central Americans today per the Mexican Consul: 9 Guatemalans, 1 El Salvadorian, 4 Hondurans. Twenty from Mexico made up the rather small OS trial of 34.
Most entered the U.S. near Sasebe, some near Nogales and the rest near Lukeville, Naco and Douglas. Why did they come? We can guess, but most were silent in court so we will never know their stories.
Only one will we know. Raul Osorio-Gutierrez is a Mexican national who had worked legally in the U.S. for many years. In 2012, his work visa was cancelled. Back in Mexico, he found himself in need of money for an ailing son. He returned to the U.S. and was apprehended. Raul asked MacDonald to shorten his 75 day sentence, but the magistrate explained he had no authority to do so.
Another migrant, Ruben Barajas-Sarabia (16-30967M) declined to sign a plea bargain and was scheduled for bench trial Dec. 22 on the felony charge of re-entering.
Together, they will spend 2400 days in prison at the cost to U.S. taxpayers of $386,400.