Magistrate: Bruce MacDonald
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey
Operation Streamline has been streamlined—again. Magistrate MacDonald charged and sentenced 75 migrants in one hour and forty-five minutes. He read them their rights in 3 minutes to groups of 14-16, then called 6-8 up to the bench to ask each one questions that took 30 seconds per migrant.
Eight were dismissed without prejudice at the beginning and one during the session for lack of interpreters and 2 were held over to find interpreters. Thirty were first time crossers who pled guilty to the petty crime and were excused with time served only. Nationality and location of entering were not mentioned.
No credible fear.
One medical issue which MacDonald handled by noting it in the minutes and urging the migrant with a facial injury to convey this at the prison.
Most who re-entered had been picked up since Friday. Only a few had been in the desert for 3-5 days. All together, they will spend 1440 days in mostly private prisons at taxpayer expense. Because those who re-enter more than once are tried in another court where they can get up to 20 years, the sentences in Streamline for those who re-enter only once are most often for 30 days.
(The OS roster still wasn’t online at 12:30 when I had to leave for court so I paid $5 for a copy from the court clerk. No trouble getting a head set this time.)