DeConcini Federal Court - a criminal, not an immigration, court
Magistrate: Bruce MacDonald
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Alan Koch
A full house of 75. The sheer number may have caused the prosecutor to be less than thorough as several migrants had hearings delayed while a further investigation was held. In one case, he took back a migrant’s misdemeanor charge and left the felony one, making him ineligible for Streamline. Another was held back in order to get a translator. Two migrants were dismissed to return to their country. Most were apprehended near Sasabe, then Nogales and Lukeville.
For the second time, one of the migrants sat through the hearing receiving English instead of Spanish through his earphones. MacDonald took time at the hearing’s end to, in detail and with compassion, go over what he had said to the other migrants.
No migrants spoke except to say, “SI,” “No,” and “guilty.”
All together, the 70 migrants remaining will spend 5105 days in prison for a cost to taxpayers of $821,905.
According to Simon Eduardo Loera-Lar’s (17-20744M) lawyer Juliana Ore-Giron, he was not asked when he was apprehended if he had a “credible fear of persecution” in his home country. She told this to the magistrate to get it on the court record, but also put a note to that effect in his file.