Judge Rateau and 16 lawyers
20 shackled migrants - 8 from near Sasabe, 6 near Nogales, 2 near Lukeville, 1 each near Menagers and Douglas; 4 women
3 Samaritan observers - The Youngrens and Katrina Schumacher
Freddy Galindo-Ortiz dismissed right away, not sure why. Herman Ramirez-Ramirez, 21282-M, is from Honduras and his lawyer argued that although he spoke Spanish, he did not have sufficient understanding of the concepts involved in the hearing. He had been a lifelong farm worker in Honduras and had been picked up in 2014. The case was dismissed with a warning by Judge R. not to return.
Together they were sentenced to 1455 days of incarceration for the misdemeanor of entering outside a port of entry. At $161 a day that is a cost to taxpayers of $234,255 plus the cost of judge, interpreters, court and border patrol and a cost to the families—some US citizens—of financial support and suffering. What we could do with all that gold.
We talked to Antonio Zapata, one of the lawyers and an Arizonan since before it was a territory. He works once a week with Streamline and is not a fan. He talked about derivative citizenship and one case he had of a migrant who was actually a citizen but had gone south after birth. He suggested a DVD about migration in Mexico, Sin Nombre. It talks about the ‘Bestia’—the train coming through Mexico from the southern border.