Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco (RETIRING AT THE END OF MARCH)
4 US Marshals, 16 attorneys, a federal prosecutor
There were 47 migrants on the docket today including 5 women. 25 were charged with the misdemeanor of illegal entry and 22 had the additional charge of illegal re-entry after removal. 7 people were dismissed without prejudice at the beginning of the session. All this in one half hour.
Judge V. sees 8 shackled migrants at a time. He rapidly explains the charges, consequences, rights, and trial. Then he asks each prisoner one question covering all of these points and another outlining the country of origin, date and place of arrest for that individual. Today everyone remembered his/her lines. 34 migrants were from Mexico, 3 from Guatemala and 2 from Honduras. It is likely that most of those dismissed were from Central America and were dismissed for low Spanish skill.
15 people were arrested near Nogales, 12 near Sasabe, 8 near Lukeville, 2 near Naco and 1 near Douglas. 5 migrants were arrested 4 or 5 days after entering the Arizona Desert.
Credible fear interview and asylum requests:
Juan Daniel Pacheco Rosendo 19-20304MP (Atty David Maldonado) from Mexico asked for a credible fear interview and will pursue it. Time served.
Rosalba Flores Aviles 19-20307M (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) asked for a credible fear interview. She said she was not asked about fear and there are other mistakes on her I-213 form. 30 days.
Jairo Eduardo Sandoval Cruz 19-20328 (Atty Juliana Ore Giron) asked to withdraw his CFI request. Time served.
The 1325 group all were sentenced to time served. 18 of the 1325/1326 group were sentenced to 995 days of prison.
There were two groups of observing college students of about 15 each-- one from Boston College and the other from NYU law school and Rutgers with the Hirschmans. Judge V. talked to them and answered questions for about an hour. They had questions about the morality of this court, the history and working of OS, what existed before, the loss of petitions, why the use of shackles ( the judge said that after SCOTUS sent it back to the district, each area had to make their own decision. The judges from Phoenix and Tucson voted and Phoenix won).
One student asked him what he would fix. Judge V. said, The Dreamers, non-citizen vets who had served in out military and were now being deported and people with US citizen children.
- Katrina Schumacher