DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration court (1:30-3:40)
Magistrate Lynnette Kimmins
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Chris Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Alyson Ball, Sylvie
Visitors: Large group from the Global Service Learning, Wesley College, Lincoln, Nebraska
Of the 71 migrants, 15 were first time crossers. They were excused to return to their countries after pleading guilty to entering without proper papers. Two were caught at the Nogales Port of Entry; the rest near a port. Most were apprehended within a few days, but one may have been in the desert 17 days before being caught.
No one expressed credible fear.
Javier Alvarado-Rodiguez (17-31632M), lawyer Homero Torralba, needed medicine for a heart murmur. Kimmins said he should tell his need to the Marshalls, Border Patrol and the prison where he will spend 135 days. (All medicine is confiscated at apprehension.)
Kimmins took extra time to be sure migrants understood her questions, but otherwise, it was an unusually quiet session.
After court, CJA lawyer Daniel Anderson took excellent questions from this college group from Nebraska. Alyson urged them to tell others of their OS experience when they return home.
In total, the 49 sentenced migrants will spend 3375 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to US taxpayers of $543,375.