Judge D. Thomas Ferraro, 16 lawyers, Zachary Wiest Border Patrol Lawyer, 1:30 - 3:00
Observers: Two groups of young people; one of about 15 from Jefferson County Open School in Colorado with two adults and another of about the same size. One GV Sam.
There were 75 migrants including 4 women. 3 were dismissed before 1:30. Most of the remaining folk were from Mexico with 8 from Guatemala, 2 from El Salvador and 1 from Honduras. 18 people were arrested near Sasabe, 14 near Lukeville and 13 each from Douglas, Naco and Nogales. Two people were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry.
Most migrants were arrested within a few days of the date they said they entered the U.S. but 2 Guatemalans were arrested after 2 weeks, 2 Mexicans after 10 days, one Guatemalan after 8 days and 2 Mexicans after 6 days.
46 people were charged only with illegal entry—1325 and 29 had the additional charge of illegal reentry—1326.
Kelly Patricia Mejia Cardona 18-24818MP (Atty Veronica Trull) from El Salvador requested a credible fear interview and was concerned that this was not noted properly at the border. Her lawyer explained this to the judge and had it put on the record—time served.
Leyber Ramirez Mata 18-24827MP (Atty Jorge Leonardo Costales) from Mexico requested a credible fear interview through his lawyer who had an exchange with the judge I could not hear--time served.
Ramiro Moreno Vega 18-24810M (Atty Ashley Gilpin) from Mexico requested a credible fear interview and it was put on the record--60 days.
Rolando Altamirano Cantu 18-24817M (Atty Jose Lerma) from Mexico has diabetes and needs medical attention. He is one of the people whose entrance date was 10 days before his arrest in Douglas. The judge and the lawyer stressed that he should seek medical attention as soon as he arrives at his destination today—60 days.
Pedro Ramirez Vargas 18-24847M (Atty Ashley Gilpin) from Guatemala seemed confused and answered ‘No’ when asked if he understood his lawyer or the interpreter. He was to get 30 days but the case was dismissed without prejudice when the judge consulted with Mr. Wiest.
Judge Ferraro saw the last two men alone as they were left over from the final group of seven. As he had with each group he said, before I pass sentence does anyone have anything to say? Juan Ruiz Mendez spoke up and apologized for entering the U.S. this way. He said, if I had been able to do it legally, I would have.
The 28 1325–1326 cases were sentenced to 1830 days of incarceration at $161 a day—most will serve that time in private prisons.
Ms Gilpin spoke to the Colorado group after the proceedings. They had great questions which I only heard bits of but she was engaged with them for about 20 minutes. She talked about the form she uses when interviewing a client in the morning and showed them the material she gets on each client. They had a discussion on whether the migrants were read their Miranda Rights. Watching young people who visit Streamline is certainly one bright spot.