Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, Federal Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys,
3 US Marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters, Mexican Consulate Rep, and a few other court officials
Observers/visitors; 3 adults who appeared to be with lawyer Mokos and one GV Sam
All prisoners in 5-point shackles
75 migrants/refugees and perhaps a couple of longtime, undocumented US residents on the calendar today including 10 women. 43 were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry—1325--and 32 had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal—1326. This judge does not mention country of origin but the few mentioned were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The 4 dismissed and 2 continued were likely all for language and from Central America or Southern Mexico.
32 migrants were arrested the day they entered Arizona. The other 37 mentioned in court spent 148 days in the Arizona desert before their arrest. 19 people entered on April 11, a Thursday, and 2 people entered 8 days before being picked up. From west to east, 14 migrants were arrested near Lukeville, 1 near Sells, 38 near Sasabe, 11 near Nogales, and 4 near Douglas.
4 prisoners were dismissed at the start of Streamline and two were continued to await interpreters.
Jairo Ventura Ramirez 19-26637M (Atty Mark Willimann) was continued until May 14 at 3:00 for a Mam interpreter.
Alfonso Mateo Feliciano 19-26671M (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) was continued until May 10th at 9:00 for a Tlapaneco interpreter—which they may not be able to find. Atty Ore-Giron spent about an hour talking to her client while court was going on. He is 19 and seemed very scared. He spoke more with her in Spanish in the afternoon and was seen by the judge alone at the end of proceedings to see if he could accept his 30 plea today. She decided that he did not seem to have sufficient understanding in Spanish and changed his next court date to the 10th from the 20th so it would not exceed the 30 day sentence he would plea to.
Judge Kimmins told the lawyers that she had all requests in front of her and they did not have to be repeated in court, but 6 Credible Fear Interview (CFI) requests from the 1325 group and 1 from the 1326 group were put on the record.
Beverly Padilla Ramirez 19-26642MP (Atty Greta Vietor) is requesting a CRI and her atty has informed ICE. Time served.
Juan Carlos Guzman Ordonez 19-26644MP (Atty Daniel Anderson) from Guatemala entered the US at Lukeville with his 16 year old brother who was separated from him. He had paperwork with him to show he had fear and was requesting a CFI. This, I believe, was taken from him and the I 213 has incorrect information. His Atty has contacted iCE and is trying to locate the younger brother. Time served.
Katherine De Los Ang Padilla Ramirez 19-26645MP (Atty Nicholas Bischoff) is requesting a CFI and her lawyer said she would like to hear him say this out loud in court. Time served.
Jonathan Anael Maldonado Hernandez 19-26674MP (Atty Wanda Day) from El Salvador does have fear of return to his country contrary to what it says in his I 213. His lawyer has forwarded his request and the corrections to the I 213 to immigration. Time served.
Nesli Fiallos Rivera 19-26700MP (Atty Peter Matiatos), a woman, had false information on her I 213 and is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Lucinda Hernandez Cruz 19-26709MP (Atty Alejandro Muñoz) from Guatemala is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Neftali Ezequiel Coronado Coronado 19-26701M (Atty Guenevere Nelson-Melby) asks for a CFI. His lawyer said he was not asked about the info on his I213 which is false. She asked the court to instruct the marshals to let him keep the paperwork. The judge said it would go on the record but the paperwork was up to the marshals. 30 days.
30 migrants charged with 1325/1326 were sentenced to 1530 days of incarceration in a federal prison.
Two migrants spoke out against their sentences. Hector Dominguez Dominguez had been sentenced to 75 day and felt he should get 30. He had one 1325 conviction 10 years ago which barred him from entry for 5 years. I think he believed the slate would be wiped clean after 5 years and this conviction would be counted as if it were the first. The Judge explained to him that he had the same sentence as others with the same circumstances. 75 days.
Oscar Lujan Fonseca was sentenced to 105 days and felt the additional 30 days were unjust and asked that the sentence be reduced. The judge and Mr. Lewis explained that before, in 2011, he had been deported through Calexico which is in a different sector. Because of that (lateral?) transfer he gets an extra 30 days. She said he could choose to go to trial but the outcome would probably be worse. 105 days.
This judge is the newest judge. She takes her time and is very careful. She has 8 people before her with their lawyers at a time and questions each individually while looking at each person directly.
- Katrina Schumacher