Judge D. Thomas Ferraro
Federal Attorney Christopher Lewis
58 migrants including 6 women.
27 were from Mexico, 14 from Guatemala and 13 from Honduras. 18 people were picked up near Lukeville, 15 near Sasabe, 8 each from Nogales and Douglas and 5 from Naco. I missed a couple of the Judge’s comments which accounts for the discrepancies.
About 70 observers—3 college groups from the University of Georgia, social work students from Loyola in Chicago and one other, a local high school group with a GV Samaritan and a family of five supporting one of the prisoners. Two of the college groups were visiting many sites including the coroner’s office, the Comedor, SS Presbyterian, Colibri, Ajo, water drop and search sites.
There were no asylum requests and possibly only one health issue. No one spoke to the court. Judge F. called 7 at a time to the bench and sentenced a total of 3,945 days incarceration. That number times $161—the daily cost of incarceration –equals $635,145 taxpayer dollars that might be going to find some real solutions. This is the cost for one day out of 5 in the Tucson Sector which is one out of 9 sectors on the southern US/Mexico border.
Gerardo ErnestoVega-Lopez, 21594, was continued with the misdemeanor dropped until March 17th. I could not hear very well but thought they spoke of a head injury. Guillermo Reynoso-Alcaraz, 21585, entered the US 6/3/2013 and was sentenced to 180 days. All other defendants entered within a week of this court date.
I spoke to lawyer Cheryl Blum who represented three of the women and asked her about the low numbers we saw last week. She said many of our Border Patrol had been shifted to TX temporarily to participate in what sounded like a sweep (600? A day?) leaving the Tucson sector with fewer BP patrolling the border.