Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, Federal Prosecutor Christopher Lewis, 16 defense attorneys,
4 Federal Marshals, 2 interpreters, a court recorder, bailiff, Mexican consul representative, and 3 assorted security.
Observers: 3 GV Sams, one Tucson Sam
75 migrants were on today’s calendar including 7 women. They were seen in 1 and ½ hours.
6 people were dismissed at the start of the proceeding—most likely for limited Spanish fluency but possibly for being under age or unable to understand the proceedings. One man was continued which may mean he had enough of a prior record to merit waiting for an interpreter.
Of the 68 people after the dismissals, 21 were from Guatemala, 4 from Honduras and 1 each from El Salvador and Nicaragua. 33 migrants were arrested near Sasabe, 12 near Nogales, 10 near Naco, 5 near Lukeville and 4 near Douglas—I missed a few. Most people were arrested in the previous 3 days, about 14 were picked up between 5-7 days ago and 2 had perhaps 2 weeks in the desert.
20 migrants were charged with only illegal entry 1325. This means that this is the first time they have been arrested entering though some people may have lived peacefully in the US for years. 3 of this group were dismissed and the others got ‘time served’.
Neftali Lopez Coronado 18-26288MP (Atty Ashley Gilpin) withdrew his request for a credible fear interview. This sometimes happens when people realize that they may have to stay incarcerated for an uncertain amount of time while waiting for a hearing.
Rony Alexis Cardenas Garcia 18-26296MP (Atty Joel Parris) from Honduras requested a credible fear interview. His attorney sent a letter to immigration and talked of some of the material from the Stop Streamline group.
In the 1325-1326 group—illegal entry with reentry—there were two concerns put on the record.
Omar Espinoza Marin 18-26311M (Atty David Valadez) is from Nicaragua. He is afraid of returning to Nicaragua and reprisal from the Nicaraguan government—30 days.
Juanita Ivania Tapia Cabrera 18-26314M (Atty Bert Vargas) from Mexico was injured in a fall toward the end of her journey which injured her abdominal area. It went on the record and the judge and lawyer urged her to ask for medical help when she arrives at her incarceration site—30 days.
This group was sentenced to 3180 days of incarceration or close to 9 years at a cost to taxpayers—including some of these migrants—of $511,980 for one day out of 4 in Tucson OS criminal court which represents one sector out of 9 sectors on the US/Mexican border.