Judge Bruce G. McDonald, 13 lawyers
I was the only observer
13 shackled, male migrants: 6 were picked up near Nogales, 4 near Sasabe, 2 near Naco and 1 near Douglas. Lawyers mentioned the home country of 2 of the defendants—Honduras and Guatemala.
This judge does not mention the home country of the migrants. David Aguilar lawyer for Luis Torres Velasco (22737) noted how young his client looked but that did not stop his hearing.
Gary Rosoff lawyer for Cruz Perez Mejia (22753) said his client told him he had been targeted with threats and extortion in Guatemala and had credible fear. The lawyer said he informed the United States Marshall, he wanted this on the court record and he advised his client to request a hearing before his release date. The judge said he can address credible fear and request an interview and asylum when he is back at immigration, after the 30 day sentence is served.
Adrian Guzman Fedencio (22746) asked to serve his 180 day in Oxnard, CA. The request was made but the judge said this was only a recommendation and that placement is made by the Bureau of Prisons.
Judge McDonald sentenced 990 days. If the cost of incarceration—mostly in private prisons—is $161 per day, the cost to the tax payer is $159,390 for one day of Operation Streamline out of 5 per week in one sector of the US/Mexican border out of 9 sectors.