Operation Streamline February 1, 2017
Judge Bruce MacDonald 15 lawyers
Katrina Schumacher the only observer
54 were on the list including 2 women. 3 were continued—not for language. All were picked up in the last few days; 20 near Lukeville, 12 near Sasabe, 10 near Nogales, 5 near Naco and 4 near Douglas. Judge M. did not mention the country of origin. He called up 5 migrants at a time and spoke to each individually. The total sentence was 3,825. Taking $161 per day as the cost of incarceration—primarily in private prisons—makes $615,825 for one day out of 5 days OS operates in Tucson which represents one of the 9 sectors on our southern border.
Several requests were made for placement in a certain location and in two cases with a cousin. The judge made all recommendations but stated that there was no guarantee that they would be respected.
Marcelo Chavez-Vasquez, 20833, asked not to be jailed in or deported from California as he had credible fear. The judge made sure that was in the record and told Mr. Chavez to talk to immigration after serving his 75 day sentence.
Mauricio Orta-Vieyra, 20839, spoke English well. He has 4 children and someone ill in the household close to Detroit. He asked to serve his 180 days in Michigan so he could see his family.
I spoke to a man from the Mexican Consulate before the hearing. He said they had a representative there every day. He spoke to each Mexican on the list before the hearing to offer help with the following; making sure belongings were returned after deportation, contacting families, helping with medical care when needed, getting people home who lived far from the border after deportation. One of the lawyers suggested Samaritans talk to representatives from Central American consulates--I believe only Guatemala has a consulate here--to see if we might help in some way. Katrina Schumacher