OPERATION STREAMLINE AUGUST 9, 2019
Judge D. Thomas Ferraro, Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys, 4 deputy marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters, Mexican Consulate rep and other court personnel.
66 migrants were on the docket today including 7 women. 39 migrants were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 27 had the additional charge of Illegal Reentry after Removal (1326), All were in 5-point shackles during the bus ride to the courthouse, during the morning consults with their lawyers in this same courtroom, during Streamline and, after court, during the ride back to Nogales or to Florence.
41 of the prisoners were from Mexico, 12 were from Guatemala and 8 were from Honduras. Going west to east 14 people were arrested near Lukeville, 1 near San Miguel, 19 near Sasabe, 16 near Nogales, 4 near Naco 1 near Hereford and 6 near Douglas. 26 migrants were arrested on the day they entered Arizona (2 for attempted entry by train and false ID) and 37 people spent 116 days in the desert before arrest. Most of those were near Sasabe and Lukeville.
2 people were dismissed and one continued at the start of the hearing.
Abel Alejandro Lopez Zatarain 19-32779MP (Atty Ruben Esparza) was continued until August 16th at 11:15—no explanation as to why.
Asylum and other issues
David Lopez Guerra 19-32814MP (Atty Jose Lerma) from Guatemala had a Credible Fear Interview request on his I-213 and decided to withdraw it. Time served.
Meyzi Zurely Perez Villatoro 19-32785MP (Atty Saul Huerta) from Honduras was injured and using a cane while still being shackled. There was no mention of this. Time served.
Jose Noe Vasquez Garcia 19-32805MP (Atty Ruben Esparza) was feeling very ill when he arrived. He had not eaten and felt better after his lawyer got him some food. Time served.
Carlos Axel Cisneros Tejeda 19-32829MP (Atty Victoria Brambl) is from Mexico and his lawyer told the judge that he could probably be here legally. He is married to an American citizen and both now live in Vera Cruz. She wanted him to be given voluntary return so that a deportation would not be on his record and hurt his chances for coming to the U.S. legally with his wife at a later date. The paperwork he had been given when he was arrested seemed to already be processed for deportation. Mr. Lewis said that the deportation order had not been executed. Ms. Brambl asked that the judge to put something on the record to explain the situation and said that it was unfair to ruin his chances of coming here legally. The judge said he would put something but Mr. Cisneros was to be deported today and probably no one would read it. Ms. Brambl had talked to an immigration lawyer this morning and was trying to help her client. Time served.
Simon Morales Reynoso 19-32822M (Atty Saul Huerta) from Mexico asked to address the court. Speaking in Spanish he said he was guilty and was sorry to have committed a crime but asked the judge for a few less days. Judge Ferraro spoke to him and told him he couldn’t modify the sentence. 30 days.
26 migrants charged with 1325/1326 had the felony dropped and were sentenced to 1230 days of incarceration in a federal prison. Most will be sent to a Core Civic federal prison in Florence.
Judge Ferraro did better today than I have seen before. He addressed the entire misdemeanor group and then called the prisoners up 7 or 8 at a time. He asked two questions and then went down the line of 7/8 without repeating the question. No one got confused today so it worked. After each group he asked if there were any questions or if anyone would like to make a statement. He put some requests for the bureau of prisons on the record himself. In the instances above he spoke kindly to the defendants and wished them all good luck and no more trouble. He did the same with the plea bargain group.
Observers: GV Sam Katrina Schumacher and two friends.