Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman, federal prosecutor Zachary Wiess,
16 defense attorneys, 4 US marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters,
a Mexican Consulate rep and a few other court officials
75 migrants/refugees/undocumented residents of the US were on the docket today including 8 women charged with the misdemeanor of illegal entry (1325). This judge does not give country of origin or point of entry into Arizona but the representative of the Mexican Consulate said there were 42 Mexicans here today. 40 migrants were arrested the day they entered Arizona; 9 entered our desert 4 or more days before arrest and one person had spent 10 days in our cold, wet desert before being picked up.
All prisoners were in shackles except one. New rule; No shackles for pregnant prisoners.
7 People were dismissed at the start of the proceedings. This is usually because they speak an indigenous language and the court has decided not to get interpreters unless the offense is deemed serious enough. Most of these people are probably from Guatemala or Southern Mexico. 2 men were continued to await an interpreter. Both had questions about age and another issue.
Haroldo Anibal Chavez Ramos 19-23400M (Atty Mark Willimann) is a Mamspeaker. He has been continued until 3/14/2019 at 10:00am.
Armando Salis Cabrera 19-23417M (Atty David Maldonado) had his initial and will return to court on 3/7/2019 at 9:45am.
The 39 migrants charged with the misdemeanor of illegal entry were sentenced to time served. Those from Mexico were probably on their way back to Nogales to be deported as court was finishing up. One of those was seeking a Credible Fear Interview.
Maria Asuncion Chillogalli Quille 19-23467MP (Atty Juliana Ore Giron) spent extra time with her lawyer. There was no mention in court of what would be done to facilitate her claim but this attorney is very thorough and spent quite a bit of time talking to her. This was the only Credible Fear or Asylum request mentioned in court.
Maria Vidalia Galicia Vasquez 19-23474MP (Atty Peter Matiatos) from Guatemala seemed confused about her ‘attempted’ entry offense. She seems to have been in Nogales Sonora selling snow cones for a couple of weeks and may have been picked up yesterday walking into Nogales Arizona. What about that. Time served.
Juan Alberto Boyzo Arroyo 19-23437M (Atty George Soltero) is an English speaker and the judge did not correct him for answering in English as she usually would. He grew up here and was deported once before in 2010. Perhaps this prevented him from seeking DACA status. 105 days and deportation to what will be a new country for him.
27 prisoners charged with 1325 and the felony 1326, Illegal Reentry after Removal, had the felony dropped and were sentenced to 1745 days of incarceration; probably in Core Civic prisons—that’s 281,000 of our tax dollars at work, not counting court costs or family loss of income.
Observers/visitors; GV Sams Jane Storey and Katrina Schumacher
A word about the interpreters. There are many Spanish-English interpreters who work with the court. They are able to interpret almost simultaneously during the questioning as each judge has more or less a script they follow which becomes familiar to the interpreters. When the defendant, lawyer or judge makes a statement there may be a slight delay as the interpreter gets the flow of what the person is saying. Some of the interpreters speak very quickly and I think, ‘Thank goodness for the time spent with the lawyers in the morning learning the script’. Some seem to try to speak softly so as not to interrupt the courtroom proceedings. It is amazing that Streamline goes as smoothly as it does.