Magistrate Thomas Ferraro
Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Criminal Justice Attorneys: 16
Federal Public Defenders: 2
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans: Sara Busey
Visitors: Montana State University students, two young women.
Ferraro reads all the 1325 migrants their rights, then takes 8 at a time to individually ask them questions. These are asked once. He goes down the line just saying each migrant’s name without repeating the question.
Then he brings in all 1326 to read them their rights.
Sandry Marina Gonzalez-Morales (19-27777MP) 1st time crosser. Lawyer Lacsamana said he had forwarded her request electronically to ?
Of the 75 migrants, 5 were dismissed due to lack of interpreters. The magistrate had the clerk have America swear she was only 17, then Lewis dismissed her to return to her home country without a criminal record. Sequndo Juan Tixi-Paltan, a re-entry migrant, was dismissed by Lewis because, after intensive questioning from Ferraro, did not seem to understand Spanish. He had a 2nd grade education in his indigenous language, but had spent 28 years working along Spanish speakers.
31 were first time crossers (1325) and 38 had re-entered (1326). The majority were from Mexico, with a few from Guatemala and Honduras. Most crossed at Sasabe, but many also near Nogales. Two came through a port.
Two young women attended court, were childhood friends of a woman on the roster. The Mexican consul alerted them to her court date. I was able to put the women in touch with Julieta’s lawyer, Rosemarie Valdez, who held a beautiful, compassionate, conversation with them which I was able to overhear.
The 37 re-entry clients will spend a total 1830 days in mostly private prisons.