Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys, 4 Federal Marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters, a Mexican Consulate rep and a few other court personnel
75 migrants are on the calendar today including 2 women. 39 migrants were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 36 had the additional felony charge of Illegal Reentry after Removal (1326). 54 migrants were arrested within a day of entering Arizona and 18 spent 70 days in the desert before arrest. Going west to east, 25 people were arrested near Lukeville, 17 near Sasabe, 16 near Nogales, 2 near Naco and 10 near Douglas. The migrants who spent the most days in the desert before arrest entered through Lukeville and Sasabe. This judge does not mention country of origin but Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Ecuador were mentioned during the proceedings in addition to Mexico.
2 migrants were dismissed and one rejected the plea at the beginning of Streamline.
Jose De Jesus Gonzalez Felix 19-32237M (Atty Chris Kilburn) rejected the plea. They waved the initial which might have been held today and he was ordered detained as a flight risk. No date was given.
Juan Antonio Sarat Ordonez 19-32281MP (Atty Chris Kilburn) is a K’iche speaker from Guatemala. He was dismissed during the hearing when it became apparent that he was not understanding. He spoke limited Spanish but had no school in either language.
Judge Kimmins runs a very orderly court. She addresses groups of 8 prisoners in 5-point shackles. And then asks each person 5 questions. She repeats her address about 9 times and asks about 350 questions plus further questioning of people who have dual language or appear not to understand. She focuses on each person and speaks in a very calm and courteous way. 8 more shackled prisoners enter while she is addressing the first group so there is a maximum of 16 migrants in the courtroom at any one time.
Asylum/Credible Fear Interview (CFI) requests
Luis David Olivas Rodriguez 19-32226MP (Atty Samuel Washington) is requesting asylum. He started answering in English and was told to answer in Spanish by the judge. Time served.
Jose Antonio Rivera Palacio 19-32227MP (Atty Bert Vargas) from Nicaragua also is seeking a CFI which is reflected in his I-213. He and Mr. Olivas have sequential numbers and both entered near Lukeville and were arrested that day. Time served.
Freddy Moises Quituizaca Sancho 19-32236MP (Atty Ruben Teran) is requesting a CFI which is reflected on his I-213. Time served.
Edisson Geovanny Coraizaca Uyaguari 19-32249MP (Atty Raul Miranda subbing for Kevin Lerch) from Ecuador is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Cristian Omar Blanco Estrada 19-32282MP (Atty Patrick Doyle) is withdrawing his CFI request. Time served.
Cesar Omar Ajuech Martinez 19-32238 M (Atty Patrick Doyle) spoke fluent English and had his earphones around his neck. His interview was conducted in English. 30 days.
2 people were charged separately with attempted entry, both with false IDs.
2 men who appeared to have difficulty understanding were seen at the end of the calendar.
34 migrants charged with 1325/1326 had the felony dismissed and were sentenced to 1815 days of incarceration in a federal prison. Most will go to a Core Civic prison in Florence (18X30, 3X60, 10X75, 2X105 and 1X135). Those sentenced to time served will start the deportation process today. Mexican will be dropped off and unshackled in Nogales while those from points south will go to a detention center to await deportation on a chartered plane.
The Yuma OS calendar had 35 migrants listed on Monday, each with the same defense lawyer.
I called the Yuma court house to ask if they had one defense lawyer per day no matter what the size of the group as this is what I had seen when I checked their calendar on different days. She referred me to her supervisor and the supervisor referred me to the Big Boss in Phoenix, Doug Bartolome who did not answer his phone. My question was; Do they use one defense lawyer for the entire group each day? Yuma usually runs under 10 per day but the calendar can have 14 or, as Monday, 35. If someone with a more imposing voice than mine would like to call Mr. Bartholome in Phoenix –602-382-2700, please let us know.
- Katrina Schumacher
- No other observers/visitors