Judge Leslie A. Bowman, 16 attorneys, Zachary Wiest Federal Prosecutor, 1:30-3:30
75 migrants including 5 women. 19 were charged only with illegal entry (1325) and either dismissed or given ‘time served’ and 54 people had the additional (felony) charge of illegal reentry (1326). This judge does not mention country of origin or the place of entry into the US. Most people were arrested within 0 to 3 days after the date they said they entered the US. 7 migrants were in the desert 5 days before arrest.
10 migrants were dismissed, 9 at the beginning ond one during the proceedings. Often this is a language issue usually for people being arrested for the first time. Today there was also one minor and one person who may have had reduced mental capacity.
Ernesto Quiroz 18-25895MP (Atty Micaela Portillo) has crossed many times and been picked up but appears not to understand at all though he speaks Spanish. The judge talked to him at length and told him he would be officially deported and not to return as he would risk jail time.
Dany Alexander Perez Rodriguez 18-25922MP (Atty Darlene Chavez) was seen with those being dismissed but was continued until May 8 at 11:00 with this judge. I don’t know why.
Samuel Rodrigo Perez Jeronimo 18-25913MP (Atty Grace Goodman) from Guatemala was afraid of returning home and asked for a credible fear interview. I believe the information in his file about his fear was incorrect. The judge said he must speak to immigration.
49 of those charged with 1325-1326 were sentenced to 2,560 days of incarceration at a cost to the taxpayers of $412,160—mostly going to private prisons. The reason we include these figures is to explain how the system works and dismay at the waste of money that might go far to addressing the underlying issues that drive migration. This figure does not include the perhaps greater court costs. Just here in Tucson we have the judge, 17 lawyers, 4 marshals, many Border Patrol, 2 interpreters, additional security. A bailiff and a court recorder, 4 days a week at least 51 weeks a year.
To continue with the plea bargains…
Atty Paul Breshears had two clients with asylum issues.
Sein Manuel Cruz Barahona 18-25865M was put on the record as having fear of returning home. I believe this was changing what was written there—60 days.
Alonzo Pascual Francisco 18-25904M had fear of returning to his home country but was (I think) also concerned about the long process and the likelihood of being incarcerated all that time. I think his lawyer related a previous contact with immigration but I could not hear well.
Two weeks ago Atty Richard Bacal had a client Ismael Suarez Chavez 18-25223M who had entered the US in 2013 and 4 family members were in court for him. Apparently he was a passenger in a car that ran a stop sign and was stopped by a sheriff. They called the Border Patrol and he was being deported.