Magistrate: Leslie Bowman
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey
Visitors: Two women from Oregon
Bowman was at her best today. She encouraged defense lawyers and migrants to speak up whenever they had concerns and did not say requests for asylum did not need to be brought up in court. As an observer, I was thus able to document credible fear requests as lawyers spoke up for their clients.
Of 75 migrants, 6 were dismissed due to language difficulties and 5 continued to allow interpreters to be found or for lawyers to have more time with their clients. Only 8 were first time crossers, 67 re-entry and 3 caught with false documents trying to enter at a port of entry. most likely Nogales. Almost all were apprehended within a few days of crossing, but 2 spent over 2 weeks in the desert before being caught.
Most re-entry crossers will spend 30 days in prison, a few 75 days and one 180 days. (I missed 10 sentences while talking with the Oregon women.)
Moises Hernandez-Espana, (18-36304M) birthdate 12/12/88, age 29. Lawyer Mary Kincaid, FPD, told the magistrate she had given him papers re: an application for asylum.
Rosa Alvardo, his sister-in-law and friend drove all night from Oregon to see Mosises “to re-assure his mother that he is alright.” Rosa was very concerned Moises will be dropped off in the middle of night into Mexico after he spends 75 days in prison without money or belongings where “bad men” will pry on him. I gave them our information on Operation Streamline and told her someone from our volunteers would be visiting Moises to help him with the asylum process.