Magistrate: Leslie Bowman
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
No Border Patrol
13 CJA Lawyers, 2 Public Defenders
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans Attending: Kris Baldwin, Jo Vogel, Steve Teichner, Sara Busey, Randy Mayer
Visitors: Migrant aid pastor and wife (Italy), Julie Jacobs (Vermont) Robin Gropp (Washington)
Of the 75 migrants today, 46 were first time crossers. They were convicted and sentenced to time served, then deported back to Nogales if Mexican. Others were returned to detention to await a full airplane to fly back to their home country.
No country of origin was given by Bowman, but the Mexican consul representative said 45 were from Mexico. The others were likely from Central American countries.
Eight were dismissed without criminal charges, probably due to language difficulties. Due to multiple dialects within most indigenous languages, no effort currently is being made to find interpreters. Either they understand English or Spanish, or they are dismissed. Two more were dismissed during court proceedings. Three attempted crossing with fake documents through a port of entry. Others were caught by Border Patrol after they crossed over the border barrier. Most were apprehended within a day of crossing, but several were out in the desert during the snow and freezing temperatures 2-3 days, even one man for 8 days. Altogether, those who weren’t caught immediately spent 500 days in the desert, according to Kris.
All together, the migrants will spend 2190 days in mostly private prisons.
First time crosser Emilson Javier Velasquez-Nieto (19-23248MP), lawyer Daniel Anderson standing in for David Valadez, expressed having a credible fear of returning to his home country. If Mexican, he may be deported that night without a credible fear interview or is being held in detention awaiting one. If from another country, he could be awaiting a full planeload to his home country with a chance of an interview.
( I did not get a chance to speak with Anderson.)
- Sara Busey