July 16, 2018 1:30-3:00
Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, Christopher Lewis Prosecutor, 17 Attys, 4 Federal Marshals, 1 Contractor and 3 plainclothes security—must have one more security that unshackled defendants.
Observers: Lois Martin and a visitor from SC, one GV Sam
There were 75 migrants today including 7 women. 40 migrants were from Mexico, 24 from Guatemala, 5 from Honduras and 1 from Ecuador.
25 people were arrested near Sasabe, 16 near Douglas, 13 near Nogales (one at the Port), 7 near Lukeville, 6 near Naco and 2 near Hereford. 2 people had entered the U.S. a week before arrest and one man entered in April of this year. Judge V suggested that he might have gone back to the border to help someone entering.
No shackles—there will be a decision in September by our district as to whether we will have shackles here again. Phoenix has started to using them again tho they have no Streamline.
35 migrants were charged with only Illegal Entry (1325), 40 had the additional charge of Reentry (1326). 4 men were dismissed at the beginning of the proceedings—this is usually because they primarily speak an indigenous language and have no priors. All the 1325s were sentenced to time served. Two migrants wanted Credible Fear interviews—one from each group.
*Marco Antonio Rios Berber 18-30110MP (Atty Cheryl Blum) from Mexico was afraid he would be tortured and killed if he returned home. Ms. Blum gave him an I213 petition and asked that he be allowed to take that with him. He was given ’time served’ but will be going to Eloy.
*Rony Rivera Mendieta 18-30087M (Atty Jessica Ruiz) from Honduras requested a Credible Fear interview. His lawyer gave him the petition and also a one page legal document that she asked he be allowed to take with him. 30 days.
*Juana Aguilar Paiz 18-30090M (Atty Homero Torralba) from Guatemala was very distraught, sobbing all the way through the proceeding. She continued sobbing when Judge V questioned her alone at the end of he group. Lois asked her atty if she had a child but apparently she was upset by the time she would have to serve—75 days.
*4 lawyers put an indigenous language on the record as their clients first language but said s/he spoke Spanish well enough to understand the consult with the lawyer.
39 migrants were sentenced to 2505 days of incarceration or almost 7 years.