Magistrate: Lynnette Kimmins
Samaritans: Allyson Ball, Sara Busey
Visitors: Notre Dame students led by Lois Martin, No More Deaths; students from Boston University; Western Theological Seminary students.
Monday’s usual packed house with 76 migrants, including 5 women. Three cases were dismissed, one continued, before Kimmins called five at a time before the bench. Kimmins is the newest magistrate and spoke clearly and directly to each migrant she addressed. Two had difficulty understanding the complicated court procedure (one because her headphones were broadcasting both English and Spanish at the same time!) and she took an extraordinary amount of time and patience to be sure they did understand.
One migrant expressed a “credible fear.” Her lawyer put a note to that effect in his file, according to Kimmins, but we only learned about it later as the audience, as usual, couldn’t hear the lawyer at the time.
Migrants today will spend a total of 4650 days in prison, mostly private prisons, at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of ¾ of a million ($743,820).
The magistrate briefly answered questions after court:
(Lois and I distributed literature to most of the students that argued against the en mass trial of migrants because of the lack of due process (1 minute each before the magistrate), resulting criminal records that make it almost impossible to enter the US legally in the future, and huge cost to the taxpayers.)