Magistrate Judge Bruce G. MacDonald, Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys, 4 U.S. Marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters, Mexican Consulate rep and a few other court personnel. Observers: Samaritans Kathy and Katrina
75 migrants/refugees and maybe a few long time US residents are on the docket today including 7 women. 19 migrants were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 56 had the additional felony charge of Illegal Reentry after Removal (1326). This judge only mentions the date of entry into Arizona. 45 people were arrested on the day they entered Arizona—three attempting to enter at a port of entry. 26 migrants had 121 days in our desert before arrest though 4 people accounted for 46 of those days.
4 migrants were dismissed—most likely for language issues—and one continued at the start of the proceedings.
Domingo Ixquer Tziquin 1931031M (Atty David Valadez) was continued until 7/16/19 at 3:00 for a K’iche interpreter.
Judge M addressed the lawyers telling them that he had all requests for Bureau of Prisons and Credible Fear Interviews (CFIs) before him and he would not repeat them in court—but then he did put some of the following on the record himself as they came up.
1325 s Credible Fear Interview requests--no elaboration by attorneys.
Katherine Manuela Martinez Castillo 19-30978MP (Atty Cheryl Blum)
Jonny Blondy Medina Soto 19-30982MP (Atty Hortencia Delgadillo)
Yenifer Aracely Martinez Castillo 19-30984MP (Atty Patrick Doyle)
Helen Indira Medina 19-30986MP (Atty Chris Kilburn)
One man, Lorenzo Caceros Orrego did not appear to understand and sat down again with his lawyer until the end of the group. He was extremely thin and appeared shaky though he had been arrested on the day he entered the country. He could not keep his pants up as he shuffled to sit down and rise again. Pulling up your pants with shackles on your wrists and waist is a struggle. No shoelaces, no belts and 5-point shackles.
Julio Ailon Velasquez 19-31003M (Atty Raul Miranda) from Guatemala was separated from his 16 year-old son at the border. Mr. Miranda and Judge M talked about getting as much information as possible. Mr. Miranda called his client’s wife. They have a cousin in Oklahoma who was ready to help if need be. 75 days.
Edgar Francisco Orellana Reyes 19-31004M (Atty Fernanda Muñoz) is requesting a CFI which was not noted on his I 213.
Cruz Maria Nunez Bonilla 19-31032M (Atty Rosemarie Valdez) from Honduras does (noted incorrectly on her I 213) have fear of returning home and is requesting a Reasonable Fear Interview. 75 days.
Rosario Perez Valdivia 19-31039M, (Atty Cheryl Blum) a Mexican Woman, addressed the court asking to be deported before her 30 days were up. She had been arrested for attempted entry. Judge M. explained that he had no discretion. 30 days.
Cupertino Ramirez Lopez 19-31050M (Atty Raul Miranda) has diabetes. His lawyer said he seemed very shaky and probably needed his meds. He was wearing a yellow armband which may be what they are now using to denote a medical condition. And was instructed to ask for medical attention as soon as he arrived in Florence. 30 days.
Francisco Javier Flores Landaverde 19-31051M (Atty Fernanda Muñoz) from El Salvador did not have the rights available to people from that country explained at the border. The judge and his lawyer discussed getting him information on this. He was arrested 10 days after he entered Arizona. 30 or 75 days. Judge MacDonald was using Judge Ferraro’s script today and read off the sentences in a group—30 days for so-and-so, so-and-so and so-and-so, 75 days for Fulano, Fulano, Fulano and Fulano. It was very difficult to follow who was sentenced to what.
Languages put on the record included K’iche, Zapoteco, Two people answered in English and were corrected—You must answer in Spanish because you are using the services of an interpreter.
52 migrants were found guilty of Illegal Entry, had the charge of Illegal Reentry after Removal dropped and were sentenced to 2,215 days of incarceration most likely in a Core Civic private federal prison.
- Katrina Schumacher