DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate D. Thomas. Ferraro
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
Samaritans: Marlene & Jack Martin, Sara Busey,
Full House with 75 migrants: 16 first time crossers, 6 excused due to language barriers and 53 re-entry. All first time crossers were excused with time served to return to their country of origin. All left with a criminal misdemeanor conviction on their record which will make it almost impossible for them to return legally to the U.S. Magistrate Ferraro gave no indication of where they crossed or their country of origin.
Two re-enty cases were delayed and re-scheduled for future hearings so they could meet with an interpreter who speaks their indigenous language.
Alfredo Mozo-Qvalos (17-29002M) stated he had a fear of prosecution if returned to his country and his lawyer Kevin Lerch asked the magistrate to note that in his record.
Miguel Gonzalez-Sanchez (17-29023M) arrived in a wheel chair with his left arm newly bandaged, but I was unable to speak with his lawyer, Patrick Doyle, to find out the cause of his injuries.
One migrant was not sentenced. Jaime Morales-Vega (17-29054M) was found to have violated his supervised release from another time, and because he had no ties to the community, Ferraro declared him a flight risk, allowed no bail and had him detained.
Most were Mexican and re-entered the U.S. in the last two days near Nogales. Twelve were from Guatemala, one from El Salvador and two from Honduras.
All together, they will spend 3510 days in mostly private prisons at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $565,110.
Magistrate Ferraro gave the folks not one opportunity to ask questions, but two. None did, however. Several times he confused whom he was speaking to as special cases were switched around from the normal order. The migrants were not shackled, but all held their hands clasped behind their backs.