Judge Bruce G. MacDonald, 14 lawyers, Federal Prosecutor Christopher Lewis
Visitors: One GV Sam—Katrina Schumacher
75 migrants including 11 women—33 charged with illegal entry (1325) and 42 charged with both illegal entry and reentry (1326). 26 people were picked up near Nogales, 19 near Douglas, 16 near Sasabe, 4 Lukeville, 1 each near Naco and Ruby. 4 people were picked up more than 5 days after the date they said they entered the country.
Judge M. saw the migrants in groups of 9 after an initial group of 6, 5 of whom were dismissed and one continued until 12/19 to wait for a Mam interpreter (Lorenzo Ramirez Prudencio 17-30509M: lawyer Elizabeth Lopez).
The 33 migrants in the 1325 group were all given ‘time served’. Two women from this first group were dismissed. Charles Thomas, the lawyer of one of them, Faviana Pablo Nicolas 17-30518MP put ‘credible fear’ on the record.
The 42 migrants with two charges were sentenced to 2,580 days incarceration or about 7 years. At $161 a day, the cost of incarceration—probably in private prisons—will be $415,380. A few had special requests for location.
Romeo Alex Argueta Morales 1730519M (lawyer Castillo Reina) needed medical attention and I did not hear why. The judge instructed him to ask to see a doctor as soon as he got to the prison—75 days.
Vicente Pablo Perez 17-30520M (lawyer Breshears) had a very difficult time understanding and the judge saw him alone. His lawyer said he was bilingual in Mam and Spanish, Mam being the first language. The judge asked if he wanted to wait for a Mam interpreter but he didn’t and they got through the questions—150 days.
Bulmaro Castillo Rosas 17-30527M (lawyer Torralba) asked to speak to his wife who was with the 1325 group and given time served. He was sentenced to 30 days. Judge MacDonald said that wasn’t possible because his wife’s bus would already have left.
- Katrina Schumacher