Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, 16 lawyers, BP lawyer Christopher Lewis, 1:45 - 3:00
Observers: 4 older people from Minnesota, two other groups of young people on Spring Break from Johns Hopkins (Borderlinks?) and Chicago—about 35 in total. Katrina Schumacher—GV Sam
There were 75 migrants including 4 women. 34 were charged only with illegal entry and 41 had the additional charge (1326) of re-entry. 21 people were from Guatemala, 2 from Honduras and the rest from Mexico. 27 people were arrested near Sasabe, 15 near Lukeville, 12 near Naco, 10 near Douglas and 8 near Nogales. Most people were picked up within a day or two of entry. 3 migrants spent 5 to 7 days in the desert before arrest.
The 34 migrants charged only with illegal entry (1325) were given ‘time served’.
*Fidel Enrique Gomez Guerra 18-23881 (lawyer Natalie Haywood) from Guatemala expressed Credible Fear.
*Fernando Tanovi Quintero 18-23939M (lawyer Hortencia Delgadillo) was taken out of order. There was some confusion between his lawyer and the lawyer of the man who should have been in this spot. His case was dismissed with time served.
*Jesus Ramirez Diaz 18-23866M (lawyer Thomas Jacobs)--I believe there was an asylum request but no papers. 30 days.
*Cristobal Guachiac Chox 18-23897M (lawyer Micaela Portillo) from Guatemala answered in English and his lawyer put Quiche on the record. He is tri-lingual (at least).
*Gildardo Neftali Valdez Alvarado 18-23914M (lawyer Hortencia Delgadillo) from Guatemala spoke of abuse from a Border Patrol agent. He has cancer of the jaw and one of his main reasons for returning was to get treatment in Houston(?). 75 days.
Judge Velasco sentenced 39 migrants to 2385 days of incarceration or about 6.5 years total. Most this time will be spent in Arizona’s private prisons.
The Judge spoke to the group after Streamline.
Someone asked him why he did Streamline. He said he got tired of handing out misery. In a previous job he sometimes would hand down a sentence amounting to life. This way the sentences are 30 to 180 days.
He said, we’ve got enforcement down but don’t have good immigration policy.