DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate Bruce MacDonald
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Sara Busey, Heidi Geroux
Sixty-three, including four women, crowded into this Monday courtroom. Most entered the U.S. near Nogales and Lukeville and were apprehended within a day or two by Border Patrol. The exception was Teodolo Parra-Gamez , who had been in the country nearly 6 months.
An unusual move by the federal prosecutor occurred when Noe Paz-Mendez (17-22650M) from Guatemala was before the magistrate. Mr. Lewis dismissed Noe because his first language is Ma and Spanish is his second. Other similar cases have been held over until prosecutors obtain a Ma interpreter who has in the past been available. Noe’s lucky day!
The only other incident of interest: Jose Luis Castillo-Perez (17-22680M) lawyer Bert Vargas, asked to spend his 30 day prison sentence in Aurora, CO “where he has an asylum application pending.” No idea how he got from Aurora to OS!
In total, the 62 migrants will spend 3810 days in mostly private prisons for a cost to taxpayers of $613,410.