Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, Prosecutor Lewis, 17 defense attorneys, 4 US deputy marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters and a few other court/security personnel.
There were 75 migrants on the calendar today including 9 women. All entered the courtroom in 5-point shackles in groups of 8 with 16 defendants there at any one time. 30 people were charged only with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 45 had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326). 29 migrants were arrested on the day they entered Arizona, 4 of those for ‘attempted entry’. 37 people spent 69 days in our desert before arrest. Migrants entering near Sasabe and Nogales spent 48 days before arrest. From west to east, 17 people were arrested near Lukeville, 16 near Sasabe, 26 near Nogales, 2 near Naco and 5 near Douglas.
This judge does not mention country of origin in court but lawyers do make a record when their client has an indigenous first language. Today Totonaco, Tlapaneco, Mixteco, Chuj and Nahuatl were put on the record and each time the judge questioned the defendant for Spanish comprehension. The 8 prisoners dismissed at the beginning of OS are usually speakers of an indigenous language with limited Spanish proficiency but this is not mentioned in court.
After 6 dismissals the remaining 24 migrants charged only with the misdemeanor were sentenced to ‘time served’.
Pablo Medina Cabrera 19-29790MP (Atty Grace Goodman) from Honduras was very hesitant in his answers and the judge had him wait until the end of the calendar. She went through the advising and questioning alone with him. He had asked for a Credible Fear Interview (CFI) but had withdrawn his request during his morning session with his lawyer. Time served.
Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez 19-29816M (Atty Jay Sagar) who entered Arizona near Sasabe 5 days before arrest will be seeking a CFI. 75 days.
Lucas Perez Lucas 19-29793M (Atty Richard Bacal) is a Chuj speaker from Guatemala who had been in this court on March 22 with Wanda Day. Time served. There was a question about his understanding in Spanish but looking at his previous record when no language question came up, he was sentenced to 75 days.
3 English speakers were in this group today. Judge K. admonished the first to answer in Spanish because he was ‘using’ a court interpreter. The second did the whole interview in English and the third used some English. This most likely indicates people who have been US residents and probably have paid some of the taxes we are using today to lock them up.
42 migrants had the felony dismissed and were sentenced to 2,395 days of incarceration in a federal prison (21X30, 2X60, 16X75, 1X105, 1X150, 1X180). Most will go to a CORE CIVIC prison in Florence AZ.
I was the only observer today. Katrina Schumacher