Magistrate Judge Maria S. Davila, Prosecutor Lewis, 16 defense attorneys, 2 simultaneous interpreters, 3 marshals and 2 extra security
75 migrants were on the docket today including 4 women. All wore 5-point shackles. 23 prisoners were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 52 had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326).
This was Judge Davila’s first day and she seemed relieved to make it though . She is using Judge Bowman’s script and only gives the date of entry into the country. She called the lawyers up after the dismissals and told them she had the BOP requests before her and would not repeat them. She did ask if there was anything else after each group of 8 (misdemeanors) or 9 (felonies). Two groups of 8 or 9 shackled migrants were in the courtroom at any one time.
40 migrants were arrested on the day they entered Arizona and 29 spent 101 days in our desert before arrest. 6 people were dismissed without prejudice at the start of Streamline. This is usually because a person speaks an indigenous language and his or her offenses are minor enough not to warrant an interpreter.
22 migrants charged only with 1325 were sentenced to time served and deported including one man with a prior conviction.
Luis Alfonso Quintero 19-29341MP (Atty Isabel Amsel) had a charge from 2004 for which he served 6 months. Prosecutor Lewis asked for a harsher sentence but Judge D sentenced him to time served citing the 15 year gap. Time served.
Cristhian Arececio Carranza Aguilar 19-29344MP (Atty Cheryl Blum) is seeking asylum and his request for a Credible Fear Interview is reflected in his documents. Time served.
47 migrants whose felony charge was dismissed were sentenced to 2,280 days of incarceration in a federal prison. Most will go to a Core Civic prison in Florence AZ. Private prisons incarcerate the large majority of people sentenced for immigration related crimes. If a person is successful in his or her CFI while serving time for the criminal offense s/he my be transferred to a near-by private prison to await a court date in a civil immigration court with a backed up case log of 800,000.
4 lawyers put indigenous languages on the record from Ecuador, Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Judge D. questioned each speaker to assess their comprehension in Spanish.
Ernesto Callejas Mendez 19-29366M (Atty Nicholas Bischoff) spoke for himself saying that there was an error in the paperwork done at the border and he did NOT want asylum or a CFI.
One observer, Katrina Schumacher