Operation Streamline March 1, 2018
Magistrate Judge Bruce G. MacDonald
15 lawyers including one public defender, 4 Federal Marshals, 3 border patrol in the courtroom, Border Patrol lawyer Zachary Wiest, 2 interpreters, Mexican Consulate representative, bailiff, court recorder, 3 unidentified security personnel.
I recently read that the court costs for OS were greater than the cost of incarceration. I don't know if this is true but given the number of court personnel you can see that it might be.
Observers: More than 50 people were waiting to observe. One group of 20 came from a parish in Minnesota. A group of 3 law students stayed until the end. I'm not sure if everyone got in but there were about 50 seated inside with most of those leaving during the proceedings.
75 migrants were on today's calendar including 5 women--37 were charged with only illegal entry (1325) and 38 had the additional charge of illegal re-entry (1326). 35 people were arrested near Nogales, 14 near Sasabe, 11 near Lukeville, 8 near Douglas and 3 near Naco. At least one man was an attempted entry in Nogales. The oldest man I have ever seen in OS, Jose Ignacio Alvarenga--18-22978M (attny. Mark Willimann) seemed to be about 70 and he had entered about a week before his arrest. Two others had about a week between the time they said they entered and their arrest.
This judge does not mention country of origin but did talk to a small group after the proceedings. He said there were at least 10 migrants from Guatemala, 3 from Honduras and one from El Salvador.
4 defendants were dismissed at the start probably for language concerns.
No attorney addressed the court on behalf of her or his client. There were no requests for asylum or a credible fear interview.
A few migrants showed some confusion but the judge backed up and broke down the questions.
The 37 people (one was dismissed) charged with re-entry were sentenced to 2,565 days of incarceration most of that time will be served in private prisons.
One lawyer, PDF Deirdre Mokos, took over all the clients of the other (absent) PDF, Elena Kay, and had 10 clients.