Magistrate D. Thomas Ferraro
Federal Prosecutor: Weist
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 13
Federal Public Defenders: 2
Samaritans: Dallas Yukas, Sara Busey, Steve Teichner
Visitors: Three ESL teachers from Omaha, Nebraska; students with Sister Judy of Douglas; and another large student group.
Seventy migrants were on the roster. Seven were first time crossers, 2 were dismissed probably due to speaking only an indigenous language, and the rest received time in prison. Half of the remaining 61 were brought into the courtroom at a time to hear Ferraro read them their rights. Then, in groups of 8 in front of the bench, they were asked the 4 questions, each followed by,” Mr. Francisco? Mr. Cardenas? Mr. Lopez………” Asking the questions only once helped to speed up court. It lasted only one hour.
Attorney Corey Simon told Farraro his client Cirilo Eleuterio Lopez-Ramos (19-24282MP) had been separated from his 2 year old son at the border. He had a prior conviction of domestic violence, which is one of the policy conditions Border Patrol has used to take children away from their parents. But Cirilo did not want to be deported before he was re-united with his son. His lawyer had given Cirilo papers to help him with this and wanted the magistrate to assure him Cirilo could take those with him. Cirilo was a first time crosser and could likely be deported that night. Some confusion involving Weist, but apparently Cirilo could keep the papers.
No credible fear, no one spoke up in court except lawyer Rosemarie Valdez, who often assures the magistrate that her client understood the Spanish she used. (This apparently is to put on the record in case in a future trial the client claims he didn’t understand and thus this sentence should be negated.)
Most were apprehended within a day of crossing with two out in the desert more than a week. Almost half crossed at Sasabe, 10 each at Lukeville, Nogalas and Douglas. Four used false documents to try to enter at a port. About two-thirds were from Mexico, a few from Honduras and nine from Guatemala.
Collectively, the 61 migrants will spend 2995 days in mostly private prisons.