Magistrate Judge Bernardo P. Velasco, 15 lawyers, 1 Border Patrol lawyer, a bailiff, a court recorder,
2 Mexican consulate representatives, 2 interpreters, 3 Federal Marshals, 3 ICE, 2 Border Patrol
1 Sam observer—I hope the rest of the potential observers were at the DACA meeting.
The 75 migrants on the docket included 4 women. 23 were charged with only 1325—illegal entry and 52 were charged with 1325 and 1326—illegal reentry. 6 or 7 people were from Guatemala, the rest from Mexico. Of the arrest sites mentioned, 23 people were picked up near Naco, 15 near Sasabe, 10 near Lukeville, 9 near Nogales and 6 near Douglas. 2 people were picked up more than 4 days after the date given for entry. They went before the judge in 11 groups, unshackled, up to 7 at a time.
Three cases were dismissed and two continued at the start of proceedings. Usually this is for language. The 2 who were continued, Pedro Gianini Lopez 26872MP and Kevin Nieto Mejia 26854MP were both from the 1325 group and the continuance was requested by BP lawyer Mr. Lewis.
Librado Tecpile Tecpile 26865Mp (1325)—lawyer Joe Machado-- has requested an ICE deportation hearing (I may have made a mistake in my note and this might apply to Alfredo Romero Salazar 26861MP—lawyer Raymond Panzarella).
Judge V. mentioned 12 incarceration requests including one for Indianapolis and one for Goshen NY. The Bureau of Prisons has the final say.
Aldo Hernandez Hernandez 26826M spoke at length assuring the judge that he would never return to the U.S. or attempt to enter and asked for a reduced sentence. The judge told him that he could not alter the sentence—150 days—but that Mr. Hernandez could plead not guilty and take his case to court. Judge V. asked him why he wanted to be incarcerated in Goshen NY.
Oscar Garcia Casarez 26906M—lawyer Bours—is a juvenile and his case was dismissed.
Judge V. sentenced 3,870 days—10.6 years. At $161 per day as the cost of incarceration that’s $623,070. The Mexican consulate representative contacts the families and lets them know the outcome and how to contact or send money to their family member.