March 1, 2017
DeConcini Federal Court, a criminal, not immigration, court
Magistrate: Lynnette Kimmins
U.S. Federal Prosecutor: Ausland
Samaritans/Visitors: Treasure Omdahl, George & Susan Ackce, Kathi Ko and Charlene Ooelrauor (young ladies from New York) and 2 young women from No More Deaths
There were only 20 immigrants today and no women. Carlos Valle-Martinez (17-21567M) (lawyer Bischoff) refused to sign a plea agreement. The prosecutor dismissed the misdemeanor illegal entry charge leaving Carlos with the felony charge of re-entry. Magistrate Kimmins told him he faced 2-20 years in prison depending on his prior record if convicted, and kept him in detention pending trial as he has no ties to the community and lacks immigration status. A trial date was set.
All together, today’s migrants will spend 1560 days in prison, helping to fill the 34,000 detention beds Congress has guaranteed, occupied or not, at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $5.5 million/day. (“The Immigrant Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like,” Editorial Board, New York Times, 2/25/17)
Magistrate Kimmins took extra time and patience to inquire of Miguel Perez-Suy, a Guatemalan whose first language isn’t Spanish, whether he really understood the charges against him. She was satisfied and sentenced him to 30 days.