Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, 17 Attys (2 FPD), Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiest,
4 marshals, 2 interpreters, Mexican Consulate Rep
75 migrants on the docket—6 women. 53 were charged only with the misdemeanor Illegal Entry (1325) and 22 with the additional felony charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326).
30 were arrested near Lukeville (western edge of our sector), 15 near Sasabe, 12 near Nogales, 3 each near Douglas and Naco.
6 migrants were arrested 10 days to 2 weeks after entry into Arizona—very rough if those days were in the desert.
This judge does not give country of origin but the Guatemalan Liaison said there were 20 Guatemalans and 2? Hondurans. In court, migrants from El Salvador and Ecuador were mentioned. All others were from Mexico.
10 prisoners were dismissed and 2 continued at the start of proceedings. Another man was continued later on and all 3 had their initial appearance today. Most of the dismissed were migrants who speak indigenous languages and also have a minor charge with no multiple re-entries or other previous charges in the US. On Monday Judge Kimmins said the judges had been told to dismiss more indigenous language speakers rather than go to the time and expense of finding an interpreter.
Ramon Alfredo Caceres-Hernandez 19-20729M (Atty Joel Parris) –no date given.
Edgar Alberto Polanco Esquivel 19-20733M (Atty Charles Thomas) was continued to 2/1/2019 at 10:00.
Continued during the proceedings:
Jesus Alberto Vivaldo Mendoza 19-20709M (Atty Paul Breshears) has a US citizen wife and child with another on the way. He was arrested for Attempted Illegal Entry, the felony was dismissed, he had his initial hearing, was detained despite family ties, and had his next date set for 2/4/19 at 9:30. There was some question about a deportation as a juvenile in 2010.
Dismissed and requesting Credible Fear Interviews:
Luis Alfredo Llivi Lazo 19-20720MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) From Ecuador does have fear of returning home and says he was not asked at immigration.
Irving Gomez Valdez 19-20785MP (Atty Joel Parris) From El Salvador wanted to see an immigration judge.
Requesting CFIs during the proceedings:
Ramiro Garcia Hernandez 19-20746MP (Atty David Maldonado), Time served, had fear of returning home to Mexico?. Judge K. suggested that he not only put his comments on the minute record but contact the Border Patrol as the man would be deported today.
Wilber Arevalo Orellana 19-20776MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) from El Salvador does have fear of returning home. This and other mistakes were on forms from his arrest. Time served.
Jose Santos Margarito Dominguez 19-20786MP (Atty Hugo Reyna) and Yeimy Vargas Gallardo 19-20788MP (Atty Charles Thomas), husband and wife requested deportation together so they may travel safely. The judge said she would make that recommendation and that they should tell the Border Patrol.Time served.
After dismissals and before the rest of the calendar Judge Kimmins addressed the lawyers telling them that she had the requests for CFIs, asylum, detention and deportation and would not repeat them in court. The lawyers could if they felt they needed to. We hear several judges are doing this to speed up the process. This judge is polite, careful and thorough. I calculated she asked 305 questions of 61 migrants in about 1 hour and thirty minutes.
The head interpreter was, I was told, ‘old school’ and would not give me earphones so I missed some conversations between the judge and lawyers.
A Borderlinks group of about 15 college students from Minnesota, GV SAM Randy Meyer with a group of 10 from all over here for Common Ground on the Border and Katrina Schumacher—GV Sam.