Magistrate: Leslie Bowman
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
15 CJA Lawyers, 2 Public Defenders
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey, Breda May, Ruth Fitzgerald, Kim Dible, and ?
Visitors: UCC group from Fairfax, VA
Ten migrants were dismissed in the beginning of court, probably due to lack of translators. Only 11 of the 75 defendants were first time crossers. Three of these attempted crossing at a port of entry with false papers. All were excused to return to their country with time served.
Bowman does not give either country of origin or where migrants crossed. She read their rights to 20 at a time in the courtroom, then questioned each one individually.
No credible fear requests. Only one migrant stood out because Kevin Lerch, her lawyer, said she “had given 10 years of service.” No indication if that was to the military or what.
An unusual number were across the border in the US for 2-3 days, a few 5-7 days, before being caught by Border Patrol.
Most received 30 day sentences which added up to 2550 days in mostly private prisons.
(I asked a Marshal “Who takes those with sentences to prison?” He said technically the Marshals do, but actually they are taken by a private contractor—CCA. Those deported are driven to the border by Border Patrol.)
(Bowman had a very bad cold making talking difficult at times.)