Magistrate: Bernardo Velasco
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
No Border Patrol
14 CJA Lawyers
2 Public Defenders
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey
Visitors: Nancy Bennet’s friend, a woman & 2 middle school boys arrived at the end.
Only 4 migrants were first time crossers, although one other had his felony charge dropped during the proceedings. These were convicted and dismissed to their home country with a criminal misdemeanor on their record. An additional three were dismissed and 4 continued in order to obtain interpreters for indigenous languages. The remainder of the 75 were charged with entry and re-entry. Most received 30 days. All together they will spend 2925 days in mostly private prisons.
Over half of migrants today were from Mexico. Twenty came from Guatemala, 6 from Honduras and 1 each from Ecuador and El Salvador. The majority entered near Sasabe with Lukeville and Nogales other areas of entry. Six attempted entry at the Nogales port.
Court continues to speed up proceedings by bringing in the next 14 defendants while 7 are before the magistrate being tried. Velasco reads their rights to each group of 7-8, then personally directs a question to each migrant: “Is it true that….”
Credible fear: Lawyers of the following stated their client had told both the detaining officer and Border Patrol that they had a credible fear of returning to their country, but it was not listed on their I-213 form. The lawyers asked to put that in the public record. No sign of papers given to the clients.
Everet Antonio Fineda (18-37134M) Juliana Ore-Giron, lawyer, re-entry charge
Oguin Eliazar Zelaya-Perez (18-37141M) Alejandro Munoz, lawyer, re-entry charge
Definitely NOT a credible fear: Manuel Jorge Tzaj-Rosario spent 3 months in ICE detention after his last crossing because ICE thought he had requested a credible fear interview. He hadn’t. This time he didn’t want that same mistake to happen again.