Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich, Federal Prosecutor Lewis, 15 CJA and FPD attorneys, 5 US Marshals and other security, 2 simultaneous interpreters, Mexican Consulate Rep and a few other court officials
5-point shackles for all migrants
61 migrants, refugees and a few long time US undocumented residents were on the docket today including 7 women. 31 were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry—1325 and 30 had the additional felony charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal—1326. People in the latter category have the felony charge dismissed and are sentenced to from 30-180 days for the misdemeanor.
This judge gives the location and date of entry but not the country of origin. From west to east, 12 migrants were arrested near Lukeville, 3 on the Tohono O’Odham Nation, 14 near Sasabe, 16 near Nogales and 8 near Douglas. The TO sites were New Fields, San Miguel and Topawa not far (as the crow flies but no roads) from Sasabe.
Lately, most of those I’ve seen on the days I’ve been here, have been arrested on the day they entered Arizona. Today only 17 were picked up on the same day and 24 people spent 108 days in our desert. One man entered on January 15, 2018 at Santa Teresa NM and was arrested in AZ on a traffic stop (Ricardo Gomez Flores 19-26205M, Atty Raul Miranda—75 days—requested El Paso).
Mr. Lewis said about half of the migrants today came from Central America—two from Ecuador.
4 people were dismissed at the start of Streamline and one was continued..
Jose Gilbert Pomaquiza Carpio 19-26195MP (Atty Peter Raptis) from Ecuador is an Achuar speaker and seeking a Credible Fear Interview (CFI).
His wife, Monica Maria Lima Mayllashungo 19-26203MP (Atty Peter Matiatos), is also from Ecuador, is a Kichwa speaker and also is requesting a CFI. This was not reflected in her initial paper work.
Maurilio Perez Velasco 19-26175M (Atty Hortencia Delgadillo) is facing the felony charge and was continued until 4/18/19 at 11:00 for a Mixteco Bajo interpreter.
The remaining 27 migrants charged only with 1325 were sentenced to ‘time served’ and deportation—today for the Mexicans while the Central Americans await a group to be deported in a charter flight.
One CFI request put on the record by the judge
Luis Fabian Orellana Rojas 19-26194MP (Atty Corey Simon) entered AZ on April 4 and was arrested near Lukeville on the 8th. He seeks asylum and is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Bayron Matias Roblero 19-26221MP (Atty Daniel Anderson) was arrested on his 18th birthday, the day he entered AZ. There was some discussion on whether he was really 18 but he was sentenced to time served.
A few language preferences were put on the record as well as requests for the Bureau of Prisons. Many of the 1325 group used the formal ‘Señoria’ (your honor) with the judge when answering. This seems influenced by what the first people in line do.
29 people of the plea bargain group were sentenced to 1575 days of incarceration most likely in a private prison contracted by our federal government--$253,575.
Judge Markovich addressed the entire 1325 group of 31 and then the 1325/1326 group of 30. He then called 6-8 at a time before him with their lawyers to answer 6 questions each individually—336 questions today. He put what was written on the papers before him on the record—both CFI, Bureau of Prisons and BP requests. This is unusual. Some judges tell the lawyers they (the judges) won’t mention these issues in open court or leave it to the lawyers.
Observers: About 10 older adults from the Kino Border Initiative with Katie(?), one GV Sam.
Ms. Delgadillo offered to speak to the Kino group. She spoke of…
..the tweaks to the sentencing such as adding days for a person who last time had been deported through CA.
..the deplorable conditions in some holding centers where there may be so little space that prisoners need to take turns lying down on a mattress.
..the need that Spanish speaking CJAs feel to offer the best possible representation to their clients in this circumstance. Today there was an age question and she talked of calling families in MX to check on questions like that. Attys also regularly call families to tell them what is happening.
..the current raise in Central American migration and our part in it.