Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, 15 lawyers
Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiest
Observers: Two groups: Lois Martin, Tucson Stop Streamline with group of 10 and a group of about 20 high school students from?.
GV Sam: Katrina Schumacher
There were 75 migrants today including 6 women. 53 were charged only with illegal entry—1325 and 22 had two charges, 1325 and illegal reentry.
I had trouble hearing Judge Velasco so I missed some of what was said and the numbers are not quite right. 49 migrants were from Mexico, 17 from Guatemala and 4 from Honduras.
20 people were picked up near Nogales—one at the Port of Entry, 18 near Sasabe, 12 near Lukeville, 10 near Nogales and 9 near Douglas. Judge V. saw people in groups of 6 to 9 and a few people were seen alone. He speaks quickly (some say he mumbles), asks fewer questions and settles for answers that some judges won’t accept. When 75 migrants were sitting shackled in the courtroom he was the fastest judge and, it appears, he still is.
The Misdemeanors, 1325s, were given ‘time served’ except Ronald Molina Lojano 17-30283MP (lawyer Bernal) who was continued until November 20 and Brayan Armando Heredia Fierro 17-30217MP (lawyer Goodman), also continued until Monday.
The lawyers of some of these defendants put asylum or credible fear on the record. Again, I had trouble hearing and am not sure I heard correctly.
Danny Hilton Matias Lopez 1730213MP (lawyer Garcia) from Guatemala—credible fear.
Edgar Cruz Miguel 17-30214MP (lawyer Gonzales) from Guatemala—credible fear.
Francisco Arnoldo Marroquin Ordonez 17-30231MP (lawyerMokos) from Guatemala—credible fear.
Anabel Flores Orozco 17-30237MP (lawyer Breshears) from Mexico—asylum. Her lawyer has given her paperwork to take with her to immigration.
Javier Sebastian Juan 1730239MP (lawyer Garcia) from Guatemala—credible fear.
Edgar Choc Caal 17-30277MP (lawyer Mokos) from Guatemala—asylum.
The migrants in the plea bargain group were given sentences from 30 to 180 days except Genaro Bautista Bautista 17-3075M (lawyer Rosoff) who received time served. There was a question of his age though it seems he was 18.
Mateo Crisanto Chox Guarchaj 17-30234M (lawyer Breshears) may have been injured—he appeared to limp.
The total days sentenced was 1515 days or about 4 years at a cost of $244,000 to taxpayers probably including many of these migrants and, of course, misery for many families.
Judge Velasco often comes back and talks to visitors and answers questions. Today there were so many high school students that he covered a lot of the basics; Why are people coming here? How are people chosen for Streamline?, What happens to people picked up with drugs? How are the sentences determined?
Judge V. is not a fan of Streamline and believes we need--and do not have--a rational immigration policy. As long as we Americans have a hunger for cheap labor and drugs reform is difficult.