Magistrate Judge Eric J. Markovich, Zachary Wiest Federal Prosecutor, 16 lawyers
Observers: 2 Norwegian journalists, a U of A student working on a project, one GVS Samaritan
65 migrants today including 5 women. 24 were charged only with a misdemeanor--illegal entry—1325 and 41 had the additional charge of illegal reentry, 1326—a felony. This judge does not mention country of origen so that only came up in conversations between the judge and a lawyer. 25 migrants were arrested near Sasabe, 12 near Lukeville, 8 near Nogales, 7 near Douglas and 3 near Naco. The others were not given. 12 people spent between 5 and 9 days in the desert before arrest. 6 people were dismissed at the start of the proceedings, 3 from each group, and another during the questioning.
Armando Anselmo Ramirez Vasquez 18-27621MP (Atty Maria Davila) entered with, and was separated from, his child who I believe is a young teenager. He said his uncle (or the child’s uncle) had agreed to take the child. Judge Markovich said he would put on the record an order that he be removed with the child—that they be removed together. Time served. They entered the U.S. 5 days before their arrest.
Adan Mendoza Perez 18-27616MP (Atty Paul Breshears), a Mam speaker from Guatemala, was dismissed but asking for asylum. His lawyer said this was on his record, he had spoken to him about the Florence Project and would contact them about his client. Mr. Mendoza was going to Eloy (?) to await a hearing.
Lurvin Marely Banegas Valle 18-27622MP (Atty Grace Goodman), a woman from Honduras, I believe had requested a credible fear interview and did not want to proceed. Time served.
Andres Sebastian Andres 18-27579M (Atty George Soltero) is a 21 year old limited-Spanish speaker from Guatemala. He was dismissed when he did not understand the questioning.
Jose Escobar Vindel 18-27628M (Atty Cheryl Blum) was continued to June 15 at 2:30 at the start.
Herlindo Diego 18-27612M (Atty George Soltero) is a limited-Spanish speaker from Guatemala. His plea was for 30 days and the judge and Mr. Wiest decided to ask for an interpreter when he seemed not to understand the questions.
Gerardo Quintero Cuevas 18-27532M (Atty Deirdre Mokos) needed his medication for diabetes. This was put on the record and the judge instructed him to ask for the medication when he got to his destination—30 days.
36 migrants were sentenced to 1785 days of incarceration. 22 people were given 30 days which means the crime they committed was entering the U.S. twice without going through a port of entry.