Magistrate Judge Leslie A. Bowman, Prosecutor Lynch, 17 defense attorneys, 4 US Marshals and security, 2 simultaneous interpreters, a Mexican Consulate Rep and a few other court personnel.
Observers: MD Jakle from Rio Rico, and GV Sams Martha Jane Gipson and Katrina Schumacher.
75 migrants/refugees/and probably a few long time undocumented US residents were on the calendar today: 10 women, 65 men. 30 migrants were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 45 had the additional felony charge of Illegal Reentry after Removal (1326). 34 people were arrested on the day they entered Arizona—6 for attempted entry. 36 migrants spent 84 days in the Arizona desert before arrest. 4 of these spent about a week each.
Judge Bowman does not mention the country of origin or where the migrant entered Arizona. She addresses the attorneys telling them that she has all requests in front of her and will not mention them in open court. She also will not ask for comments though they are free to make a record if they wish. She addresses 10 migrants at a time and with 10 lawyers behind them it is crowded in front of the bench. As she does not ask for comments, when a lawyer wants to speak s/he does so as the group is beginning to shuffle toward the exit in their 5-point shackles.
5 migrants were dismissed at the start of the proceedings. This is usually because s/he is from Southern Mexico or Guatemala, speaks an indigenous language and does not have a serious enough offense to warrant getting an interpreter. Other reasons for dismissal are if someone is under age 18 or if she/he is having a hard time understanding. These folks begin their journey home today without a criminal record.
1325s Credible Fear Interview (CFI) requests.
Emmanuell Verdiguel Cebrero 19-31331MP (Atty Jay Marble) from Guatemala is requesting a CFI. Time served.
Miguel Zavala Espinosa 19-31388MP (Atty Jay Marble) asked to address the court. He asked the judge to give him a hearing with an immigration judge to study his case. ‘Please Señora Juez’. He is requesting a CFI. The judge told him she could do nothing here and he needed to speak up when he got to immigration and advocate for himself. Time served.
Lesbia Noemi Grajeda De Leon 19-31393MP (Atty Joel Parris) from Guatemala is requesting a CFI which is not reflected in her I 213. Time served.
Maria De Jesus Bustos Ruiz 19-31316M (Atty Rosemarie Valdez) was using crutches and had at least one hand unshackled. She fell off the wall in Nogales. 30 days.
Sandra Isabel Morquecho Morquecho 19-31379M (Atty David Valadez). Her attorney said she was requesting a CFI which had not been noted (?). The judge directed him to make sure the clerk had the information. 30 days.
44 prisoners were sentenced to 2025 days most likely in private Core Civic Federal Prisons. 28X30 and the rest were 75 or 60 days. At $161 a day that’s $326,000 just for the incarceration costs for one day in court in one sector of the southern border paid for by the taxpayers including some of the people in this court today.
On the Evo Deconcini Federal Court website they are now posting the Yuma Streamline Calendar. This usually runs less than 20 migrants and mostly misdemeanors. You can call the John Roll Federal Court in Yuma to check this out.
- Katrina Schumacher