Magistrate Lynnette Kimmins
Federal Prosecutor: Lewis
13 Criminal Justice Lawyers
2 Public Defenders
Mexican Consul Representative
Amazing! No migrants who could not comprehend either English or Spanish were dismissed! Usually there are 7-10, However, lawyer Kevin Lerch told the magistrate that his client Miguel Angel Gabriel Chen-Caal should not be tried or convicted. The policy of this court is to dismiss anyone who has been tried in another state’s Operation Streamline without any indication of a language comprehension problem but appears to our lawyers to have one, should be dismissed. Lewis wanted to get an interpreter. Kimmins agreed with Lerch. Lewis deferred to her and she dismissed Miguel. (This may be the reason lawyers put on the record that their client speaks an indigenous language, but he understood the lawyer’s Spanish.)
There were 16 first-time crossers; 1 woman among 74 men. Three produced false documents at the port of entry. Many were out 3-4 days, five for 5-8 days and one 11 days in our cold and snowy desert. Together they will fill our mostly private prisons 2865 days.
Kimmins spent a lot of time with David Arturo De La Ree-Valenzuela. He wanted to “ask a question” before he pled guilty. He lost his job in December and came north to earn money for his Mexican wife who was about to give birth. She has no milk or diapers. Kimmins was sympathetic, but said, “you are no different from the other 74 men here. They are all desperate for one reason or another. I cannot help you.” David pled guilty and will serve 75 days. He gave his wife’s phone number to the Mexican Consul’s representative on Kimmin’s suggestion.