Judge Jaqueline Rateau, 15 lawyers
The print out was 10 pages—75 people including 6 women. The first 3 pages, 23 people, were only charged with 1325, illegal entry. Mr. Lewis the Federal Lawyer asked that they all receive 15 days. The judge did not agree, dismissed all fines and gave them time served and sent them for return to Mexico and points south.
I did not understand what was going on though I later found that this was a return to what was done when OS started and I had trouble hearing Mr. Lewis. Today was the first day for the new policy. Hopefully when other observers go we’ll get a better picture of what is happening.
Of the first 23, one woman, Margarita Vasquez Gregorio 17. 22961 was dismissed before the hearing. The judge did not say why. Two other migrants did not appear to understand and the judge questioned them alone.
The other 50 migrants (2 men were not in court though on the list) had the regular OS hearing. Lawyers mentioned a second language for Israel Pascual Nolasco, 17-22969, and Joel Moreno Cantu, 17-22963. Angelina Rodriguez Bautista, 17-22951, was questioned alone at the end of the hearing because she appeared to have difficulty understanding.
Lawyer Bacall had concerns about two of his clients, Miguel Angel Quiroa Quiroa 17-22982 and Jaime Leonel Gabriel Morales 17-22949, I think he felt they should not take the plea but I could not hear well.
The 50 men and women who were sentenced to more than time served, received 3,870 days. At $161 per day—mostly at private prisons—the cost to taxpayers is $623,231 (10 years) in addition to court costs, border patrol and the cost of holding the 23 people returned with time served.