Meet the court on the Mexican border where illegal immigrants are shown no quarter – and which Trump might use as model

Meet the court on the Mexican border where illegal immigrants are shown no quarter - and which Trump might use as model

One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally.

They had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their children, their defense lawyer told a federal magistrate in a quiet west Texas courtroom about 3 miles north of the Mexican border.

The magistrate, Collis White, warned that a guilty plea would mean jail time and they couldn’t return to the United States legally for years.

Speaking in Spanish, each of the 15 men said they understood and took their chances. They faced up to six months in jail, but most were sentenced to just a few days.

One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally.

They had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their children, their defense lawyer told a federal magistrate in a quiet west Texas courtroom about 3 miles north of the Mexican border.

The magistrate, Collis White, warned that a guilty plea would mean jail time and they couldn’t return to the United States legally for years.

Speaking in Spanish, each of the 15 men said they understood and took their chances. They faced up to six months in jail, but most were sentenced to just a few days.

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