Magistrate: Leslie Bowman
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
15 CJA Lawyers, 2 Public Defenders
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey, Breda May, Ruth Fitzgerald, Kim Dible, and ?
Visitors: UCC group from Fairfax, VA
Ten migrants were dismissed in the beginning of court, probably due to lack of translators. Only 11 of the 75 defendants were first time crossers. Three of these attempted crossing at a port of entry with false papers. All were excused to return to their country with time served.
Bowman does not give either country of origin or where migrants crossed. She read their rights to 20 at a time in the courtroom, then questioned each one individually.
No credible fear requests. Only one migrant stood out because Kevin Lerch, her lawyer, said she “had given 10 years of service.” No indication if that was to the military or what.
An unusual number were across the border in the US for 2-3 days, a few 5-7 days, before being caught by Border Patrol.
Most received 30 day sentences which added up to 2550 days in mostly private prisons.
(I asked a Marshal “Who takes those with sentences to prison?” He said technically the Marshals do, but actually they are taken by a private contractor—CCA. Those deported are driven to the border by Border Patrol.)
(Bowman had a very bad cold making talking difficult at times.)
Magistrate Judge Bruce G. MacDonald, Zachary Wiess Federal Prosecutor, 17 defense attorneys (2 FPD), 3 marshals, 2 simultaneous interpreters, Mexican Consulate Rep, and regular court personnel
75 migrants/refugees on the docket today--All in 5-point shackles. There were 12 women. 47 were charged with Illegal Entry (1325) and 28 had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326). This judge does not mention country of origin or place of entry into Arizona but the Guatemalan Liaison said there were 22 Guatemalans and 6 from Ecuador. The judge later said there was 1 from Ecuador, Peru and Honduras. Both agree there were many Central Americans and a few South Americans.
At least 23 migrants were arrested the day they entered. 2 men were arrested 2 weeks after entering Arizona. The majority spent 2 to 4 days in our cold, wet desert before being picked up.
9 people were dismissed at the start of proceedings—usually Guatemalans or people from southern Mexico because of a language issue.
Eugenia Dionicio Gomez—19-22113M, (Atty Victoria Trull) was continued for a status hearing until March 1 at 3:30.
Diana Nadia Garcia Norzagaray—19-22112M (Atty Charles Thomas) had her initial today, was continued until 2/22 at 10:15 and was detained. I think her husband or other relative was in the court. He talked to her lawyer and left after she was seen.
Judge MacDonald addressed the lawyers and told them he had all the requests and would not repeat them but they could if they wished. Also they or their clients could speak up though he would not ask. Actually he did mention some of these requests unprompted and did ask at times if anyone had a comment.
This judge saw the defendants in groups of about 20 and addressed them together. He then called groups of 7-8 to stand before the bench with their lawyers and asked 4 question to each—3 yeses and a guilty. He has a clear voice, concise questions and a very systematic procedure. This day there was little confusion.
41 of those charged with 1325 were sentenced to ´time served´ including one from the plea group who had the re-entry charge dropped. 4 credible fear/asylum requests were mentioned but none in depth. There may be more.
John Jesus Sacha Huerta—19-22104MP (Atty Daniel Anderson) has an asylum claim.
Jostin Steven Camas Pichasaca—19-22167MP (Atty Charles Thomas) does have a CFI request though may not be reflected on the I213.
A couple (husband/wife, brother/sister?) had a CFI request that they may not wish to pursue.
Jose Leandro Nufio Interiano—19-22120MP (Atty David Maldonado) and
Karo Fernanda Nufio Interiano—19-22123MP (Atty Fernanda Muñoz)
22 of the 1325/1326 group had the felony charge dropped and were sentenced to 900 days for the misdemeanor (16X30, 2X60, 4X75) most likely to be served in a core Civic private prison in Florence.
Visitors/Observers: One relative who stayed only until his family member was seen; Katie with a group of 9 from the Kino Border Initiative—they were from Napa Valley CA and included two retired judges; one GV Sam.
Judge MacDonald came to talk to the group and was later joined by Judge Velasco. He talked about his mandate to treat defendants with dignity, insure due process and help this hearing go quickly. Any discussion of charges and sentences is done in the morning with their lawyers and the prosecutor. At noon the migrants are in cells without shackles and return shackled at 1:30. He has no discretion as to sentencing except with the misdemeanors where he can ignore a prior brought up by the prosecutor and generally he does.
He said this process is not that different from the single ´flip/flop´calendar heard upstairs at 9:30 in groups of 30. 80% of the trials heard in this court are criminal immigration or drug cases. Phoenix courts have a different case distribution.
He and the retired judges talked about the problem of mimicry and how to insure a defendant understands when so many are tried at once—no solution.
Judge MacDonald went to Nogales last week to help at the soup kitchen.
Both He and Judge Velasco think the immigration system is broken. Judge V. talked of the very many different kinds of court and how that added to the confusion.
Velasco: ´You are SUPPOSED to go to the port of entry (to ask for asylum) and they are SUPPOSED to let you in¨.
¨We´re great on punishment but not so good on anything else.¨
Judge Velasco will retire at the end of March but will continue as an OS substitute once a week to give the scheduled judge a break.
Note on last week´s case of the man hearing voices, a client of Saul Huerta. They have contacted the family and are working on getting medical records from Mexicali.
The outcome is unsure but Mr. Huerta is following up.
Magistrate: Bruce MacDonald
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Wiest
15 CJA Lawyers, 2 Public Defenders
Mexican Consul Representative
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey
Visitors: Group from School for International Training, VT
Forty-two of the 75 migrants were Mexican, according to the Mexican consul’s representative. MacDonald doesn’t state country of origin, but many others were probably from Guatemala. Twenty were first time crossers. One of those had his 1325 charge dropped and replaced with a 1326 felony. After MacDonald held a first-time appearance for him, Alexis Martinez-Esccuen’s (19-21855MP) lawyer Isabel Amsel said he had credible fear checked on one of his papers from Border Patrol.
Jose Luis Madldonado-Mendez (19-21898M) lawyer David Valadez, expressed a credible fear.
Six were dismissed at beginning of court due to lack of interpreters and 2 detained for Spanish interpreters.
Most received 30 days in prison for a total of 1575, although that is inaccurate as MacDonald forgot to state sentences for the first batch of 1326’s.
MacDonald’s Talk with Students
MacDonald said his major concern with OS is the parroting of other migrants’ answers to his questions. He depends on the lawyers to accurately assess each migrant’s Spanish comprehension prior to court.
He stressed that the court is an administrative branch just following what the legislative and executive branches task it to do, and urged the students to run for office to fix our broken immigration laws.
Three Lawyers’ Talk (No idea who invited them to attend. The school didn’t)
Blum, Amsel and Ruiz sat in on MacDonald’s talk and when he left they asked the students, “Is there anything you want to ask us now that the magistrate is gone?”
There weren’t many questions, but Blum especially spoke a long time on lots of topics:
“All lawyers call immigration to be sure their migrants had a credible fear interview.” (The 3 of them weren’t sure if that interview takes place at the Border Patrol station or at Eloy.) Blum also calls their parents unless the asylum seeker doesn’t want her to.
“Lawyers always ask, ‘Why did you come?’ Who are your relatives? These answers are not allowed during a jury trial.”
”We need more immigration judges.”
Few refuse a plea bargain as the wait for a trial is longer than the time they would spend in prison from an OS sentence.
Asylum: Must prove political persecution. Gang violence is not an acceptable reason for asylum unless the victim went to the police and they did nothing about it.
Blum stated that the US sending aid to Central American countries was a good thing. But felt not much would change there because their government is happy to have their countrymen go to the US to send back remittances.
OPERATION STREAMLINE January 30, 2019
Magistrate Judge Leslie Bowman, Federal Prosecutor Zachary Weist, 16 attorneys (14 CJA, 2FPD), 3 US Marshals, BP in the adjoining room, 2 interpreters and a few other court personnel
75 defendants on the docket with only one woman. 44 were charged with the misdemeanor of Illegal Entry (1325) and 31 had the additional charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326). This judge gives only the date of entry into Arizona, ‘I understand that you are not a citizen of the United States and on January 28, 2019 you entered into Southern Arizona from Mexico without permission and without being inspected at a port of entry. Is that true?’ The defendants have three ‘Yes’ answers and one ‘Guilty’.
2 people entered Arizona 7 to 10 days before their arrest. 15 people were from Guatemala according to the Guatemalan Liaison.
Credible Fear Interviews/Asylum Requests.
There may be more and these were not emphasised. When Judge Bowman addressed the lawyers she said she would make all the recommendations and not mention them in court.
19-21579MP Manuel Esquipulas Tambriz (Atty George Soltero). Time served. I am not sure if he was asking for a CFI.
19-21591MP Roberto Xavier Chillpe Muevecela (Atty Peter Matiatos) was going to ask for a CFI. His lawyer said his client was not asked about fear of return to his country and not told he could talk to someone from his consulate. Time served.
19-21632MP Olman Antonio Diaz (Atty Tamara Mulembo) wanted a CFI. Time served.
13 shackled migrants/refugees were standing before the judge to be dismissed as the hearing started and all were dismissed without prejudice. This is usually because the migrant speaks an indigenous language and the charge is deemed too unimportant to warrant an interpreter.
Judge Bowman addressed the lawyers saying she would make the recommendations requested and would not ask if they or their clients had anything to say but they were free to speak up.
She calls 10 prisoners before her at a time with their 10 attorneys behind them. 10 more migrants enter from the next room as she begins her questioning and sit directly behind the lawyers. I asked a lawyer later if that didn’t feel crowded and she said it was horrible and she didn’t know why the judge had started doing the hearing this way. Judge Bowman told us one day that she liked doing 10 at a time because it helped her keep her focus.
Putting information/requests on the record is often done as a group is finishing up and with 30 people in a small space it seemed a difficult task. During the hearing there were times when either the lawyer or the defendant was not present. Twice she ended up with 11 instead of 10. A few times lawyers were taking over for each other because one had to run upstairs to another client in another courtroom. This seems to be happening because more 1325-1326 defendants are being sent to individual criminal court.
During one pause as we were waiting for a defendant to be found in the next room, Attorney George Soltero spoke up. His client Mr. Fuentes Reyes, was wearing a puffy jacket with no shirt underneath and had been in that jacket for three days. Mr. Fuentes told his lawyer that Border Patrol had directed them to choose either their shirt or jacket or sweatshirt and put the rest in the backpack or bag confiscated by the BP—who knows when they’ll get that back. The migrants in court have one top item of apparel, no shoelaces, no belt and 5 point shackles. Judge Bowman said that some judges were meeting with people from the Mexican Consulate Thursday and they could bring that up as well as any other issues lawyers might have.
27 migrants in the plea bargain group were sentenced to 1,530 days of incarceration (15 X 30, 4 X 60, 5 X 75, 1 X 105, 2 X 180).most likely in Florence in a private prison.
Observers/Visitors: A woman was with one of the lawyers but I don’t think she was a relative. One man came and went. After Streamline he asked one of the lawyers about this ‘circus’--did the defendants really know their charges, consequences and rights?? One GV Sam, Katrina Schumacher.
Margo Cowan, the immigration lawyer behind the "Keep Tucson Together" legal clinics, came to our meeting to recruit more help. There are jobs for everyone, Spanish speaking or not, legal training or not. The effort is growing like crazy, trying to keep up with the needs. There are successes and failures. A decision in a recent case trying to establish hardship to a family should their mother be deported was gut wrenching. The sexual abuse of a young daughter, a U.S. citizen, by a family member, was not enough to stay the deportation. - Laurie Jurs
Magistrate: Lynnette Markovich
Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis
No Border Patrol
13 CJA Lawyers, 2 Public Defenders
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey, Cedar McGrity, Judy James
Visitors: 9 UUC pastors with No More Deaths guide Lois
Markovich read their rights to all 18 first time crossers, then asked individual questions of each. Four of these entered without proper papers at a port of entry. Three requested asylum:
Manuel Jesus Tenasaka-Tenasaka (19-21397MP), lawyer Fernanda Munoz, FPD, who said his BP record did not state a credible fear.
Jesus Juan-Gaspar (19-21405MP), lawyer David Maldonado. Markovich, not the lawyer, said Jesus had a credible fear.
Edwin Eliu Torres (19-21422MP), lawyer Patrick Doyle also said his I-213 didn’t reflect a credible fear.
All were dismissed with a criminal record after pleading guilty to return to their countries.
Next the 57 re-entry migrants were brought in as a group to hear their rights read. No credible fear requests. (Do their lawyers dissuade them from claiming it as it is too difficult to prove after one has been in the country once, or is there a law that prevents such?) Mr. Lewis generously dismissed 2 migrants after their language comprehension proved inadequate. One of those was a man who had been deported before but never charged in court before. Carlos Trinidad-Aguirre (19-21377M) will be visited in detention by him lawyer Solares as he waits for an interpreter and then a hearing before Mackovich.
Two migrants who entered near Douglas spent 5-8 days in the desert before being apprehended. Most were caught within a day, the majority entering near Sasabe. All together they will sit in mostly private prisons for 2220 days.
Magistrate Judge D. Thomas Ferraro, Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiest, 16 defense attorneys, 4 US marshals
(everyone working without pay, I´m told, except the judge and the 2 interpreters.
Two attorneys said that the court will run out of money this Friday.
75 on the docket today. All 48 of those charged with the misdemeanor (1325) were seated shackled in the courtroom when we entered plus 3 of the plea bargain (1325/1326) group who were to be dismissed or continued.
Of the non-dismissed group, 48 are from Mexico, 12 from Guatemala, 4 from Honduras, 2 from Ecuador and 1 from El Salvador. The Guatemalan Liaison said there were about 20 Guatemalans so most of those dismissed were probably from there. Going from west to east, 20 migrants/refugees were arrested near Lukeville, 15 near Sasabe, 21 near Nogales, 1 near Naco and 6 near Douglas. 47 people were arrested the day they entered the country, most within a day or two and 7 about 5 days after entry into Arizona.
Initially 9 prisoners stood before the judge, 2 were continued and the rest dismissed. Most were likely Central Americans dismissed because their primary language was an indigenous one and they lacked sufficient understanding in Spanish. I am not sure which of the dismissed were continued. The head interpreter was she-who-will-not-lend-earphones.
Judge Ferraro does something different each time. Today he instructed the whole 1325 group on the charges, consequences of pleading guilty and their options. Then he called groups of 7, 8 or 9 in front of him. He asked two questions to the group and one question individually.. He would address the first person asking something like, Mr. Sambrano, do you understand the charges against you, the consequences of pleading guilty and the rights you will give up? Then he goes down the line of defendants without repeating the question. The correct answer to each question is, ‘Yes’.
He did the same with the plea bargain group with some variations.
I am sure I did not hear some of what attorneys said to the judge but…
David Daquilema Daquilema 19-21073MP (Atty David Maldonado) from Ecuador wanted a Credible Fear Interview (CFI) and this was put on the record. Time served.
Wilmer Javier Ramirez Tenezaca 19-21084MP (Atty Grace Goodman) was also from Ecuador and also wanted a CFI. Time served.
Bagner Alexander Veliz Gutierrez 19-21089MP (Atty Paul Breshears) asked for a CFI. His attorney said he was sending a signed declaration, had contacted the Florence Project and a private immigration lawyer. WOW! Time served.
Erik Estrada Buenrostro 19-21105MP (Atty Grace Goodman) was in a wheelchair with bad blisters on his feet. He entered Arizona on January 16, near Lukeville. Time served.
Jose Luis Ramirez Vasquez 19-21117M (Atty Richard Bacal) from Guerrero speaks Mixteco but his lawyer felt he understood their conversation. There was some question about his age. 30 days?
24 migrants charged with 1325/1326 were sentenced to 1,305 days in federal prison—most likely private prisons.
The Mexicans dismissed today or sentenced to time served are probably back in Nogales tonight. The Central Americans in that category go to a detention center where they wait in a big room with bunks, two or three weeks until there are enough people for a chartered planeload back to Guatemala City and beyond.
Visitors, observers: Group of 6-7 adults from Ohio who had been to Common Ground, Bob and Sue Ames, Samaritans in Rochester New York, one GV Sam.
- Katrina Schumacher
Magistrate: Lynnette Kimmins, Federal Prosecutor: Mr. Lewis, 2 Marshals, No Border Patrol
2 Interpreters, 6 CJA Lawyers, Mexican Consul
Samaritans Attending: Sara Busey
Visitors: Laura Stalder, Bill Mollway, & Ann Lacy from Madison, WI; Group from Georgetown U, D.C, led by Kino Institute
Operation Streamline will be held every Friday in the future. Days when naturalization ceremonies are held in the large courtroom OS will hold court in a smaller, third floor courtroom with a maximum of 30 migrants and 6 lawyers.
Only one of the 31 clients was a first time crosser. Camilo De Jesus Portillo’s lawyer Bacal argued Camilo had no criminal record and even if he tried to enter by running through a traffic lane at the port of entry and did speak Spanish, he could not comprehend the complicated legal terms. After questioning by Kimmins, Prosecutor Lewis moved to dismiss.
Joes Enrique Araiza-Armenta was given only 5 days in prison. Both his lawyer Davila and the Mexican Consul lobbied the federal prosecutor to reduce his 75 day sentence because his son was dying in Mexico of leukemia.
No credible fear requests.
Six migrants were dismissed, probably for lack of interpreters. Eleven crossed near Lukeville, 7 near Sasabe, 4 near Nogales and 5 near Naco. Those sentenced will spend 1165 days in mostly private prisons.
CJA lawyer Richard Bacal spoke with the visitors after court. Bacal said:
* Only 1st & 2nd crossers are admitted to OS.
* Those who re-entered have a previous sentence for deportation and it is re-instated so they are again deported but this time without the opportunity of seeing immigration.
* He has never seen the inside of a prison cell. Migrants tell him Border Patrol conditions are much worse.
* Criminal history that predates 1st crossing is not considered in sentencing.
* If client refuses a plea bargain, he sees a judge, not a magistrate, as magistrates don’t have authority to give felony sentences.
* Prosecutor was having a good day when he allowed the 75 day sentence to be reduced to 5. Some days are not so good.
* Bail—OS migrants don’t have right to bail, with some exceptions.
* Lawyers often tell the magistrate their client might have language issues when they believe there is no problem. Why? They want to get on the record, after the magistrate questions their client, that there was no difficulty in understanding. This precludes the client from challenging his due process at a later date.
* Becal has 28 other migrant cases who all would love to go through OS instead of facing much stiffer sentences.
* He urged us all to attend the 9:30 Flip Flop courts where migrants receive the same plea bargain as those in OS.
Magistrate Judge Lynette C. Kimmins, Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiest, 15 Attorneys, 4 US Marshals, two interpreters
75 on the docket today—6 women and 69 men. 44 had the misdemeanor charge of Illegal Entry (1325) and 31 had an additional felony charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326). 37 migrants were arrested near Lukeville, 15 near Sasabe, 5 near Nogales, 4 near Naco and 3 near Douglas.
43 migrants were arrested the day they entered and only one was arrested 5 days after entry. With this number arrested near Lukeville, I’m wondering if we are seeing people from some of the large groups being picked up in that area.
7 migrants were dismissed without prejudice at the beginning of the proceedings, most likely because they speak an indigenous primary language and have limited facility in Spanish. Two were continued and had their initial appearances.
Jorge Cedeno 19-20811M (Atty Raul Miranda), an English speaker, was detained and his 90 plea was left open. He was continued with Mr. Miranda until 1/29/19 at 9:30. The Judge questioned him in English.
Alexander Fernandez Valencia 19-20830M (Atty Darlene Chavez) had his initial and was continued but no date given. Natalie Hayward took over as lawyer.
After dismissals Judge Kimmins addressed all the attorneys, telling them that requests for Credible Fear Interviews (CFIs), detention and deportation locations were all on the records in front of her and she would not mention them in open court. They could speak if they wished.
Credible fear and other issues in the 1325 group:
Rene Hernandez Salaz 19-20781MP (Atty Rene Miranda) a Mam speaker from Guatemala, was told to confer with his lawyer after his confusion became apparent in the first group. He was then seen last, alone. He had been to school in Spanish for 4 years but seemed confused at each question saying repeatedly, ‘No quiero pelear, no quiero juicio, solo quiero irme a donde vine’--I don’t want to fight, I don’t want a trial, I just want to go back where I came from. The judge insisted on going slowly through every sentence of her instructions despite his protests finishing each sentence with, ‘Do you understand?.
He would protest again and when pressed say the equivalent of ‘ un-huh’. They finally got through it and he was sentenced to ‘time served’ as were all the other misdemeanor cases. It was more difficult than usual to watch—he should have been dismissed.
Franklin Santizo Escobar 19-20831MP (Atty Jordan Malka FDP) was also seen at the end of the calendar after his lawyer said he wanted time to discuss his client’s plea of guilty to the misdemeanor. He was a student in Guatemala and has great fear of returning home which is in his I 213. He withdrew his guilty plea, was given an order of detention and scheduled for a status? hearing 1/29/19 at 1:30 with the same judge and lawyer.
Abner Ramirez Santos 19-20844MP (Atty Paul Breshears) from El Salvador was another confused person seen at the end of the calendar with..
Eustolia Pinzon Rivers 19-20879MP (Atty Natalie Haywood) from Mexico, arrested as she attempted to evade capture in the vehicle lane in Nogales(?) was also confused and seen at the end. She wanted to ask for political asylum.
Mr. Breshears spoke first saying his client was a university student and had great fear of return to El Salvador which was on his I 213. He had a copy of the petition we wanted his client to carry but he had also sent a copy to the Border Patrol and contacted the Florence Project. He said that because he had talked to his client about the criminal matter and the immigration concern, Mr. Ramirez had been confused with the initial questioning.
Ms. Haywood said she had filed all the same paperwork as had Mr. Breshears.
The two continued are above. There were a couple of language concerns put on the record as Antonio Ical, a Quiche speaker from Guatemala who said he understood about 50% of the questioning.
I think there were many Central Americans. I ran in to the Guatemalan Liaison again but we were crossing Congress in opposite directions—not enough time to get an answer about how many Guatemalans.
28 migrants were sentenced to 1530 days of incarceration in a Federal Prison. Many migrants with multiple re-entries that we used to see in Streamline are now sent individually in the regular criminal courts which will mean more prison time for them and a lot more money for our private prison industry and even more stretching of our justice system. Streamline lawyers often have to run upstairs for a few minutes to do an initial hearing for another client.
Visitors/ Observers: GV Sam Rita Denks with Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter Mike, a group of 15-20 from Common Ground on the Border and another group came in later.
Magistrate Judge Lynnette C. Kimmins, 17 Attys (2 FPD), Federal Prosecutor Zachary Wiest,
4 marshals, 2 interpreters, Mexican Consulate Rep
75 migrants on the docket—6 women. 53 were charged only with the misdemeanor Illegal Entry (1325) and 22 with the additional felony charge of Illegal Re-entry after Removal (1326).
30 were arrested near Lukeville (western edge of our sector), 15 near Sasabe, 12 near Nogales, 3 each near Douglas and Naco.
6 migrants were arrested 10 days to 2 weeks after entry into Arizona—very rough if those days were in the desert.
This judge does not give country of origin but the Guatemalan Liaison said there were 20 Guatemalans and 2? Hondurans. In court, migrants from El Salvador and Ecuador were mentioned. All others were from Mexico.
10 prisoners were dismissed and 2 continued at the start of proceedings. Another man was continued later on and all 3 had their initial appearance today. Most of the dismissed were migrants who speak indigenous languages and also have a minor charge with no multiple re-entries or other previous charges in the US. On Monday Judge Kimmins said the judges had been told to dismiss more indigenous language speakers rather than go to the time and expense of finding an interpreter.
Ramon Alfredo Caceres-Hernandez 19-20729M (Atty Joel Parris) –no date given.
Edgar Alberto Polanco Esquivel 19-20733M (Atty Charles Thomas) was continued to 2/1/2019 at 10:00.
Continued during the proceedings:
Jesus Alberto Vivaldo Mendoza 19-20709M (Atty Paul Breshears) has a US citizen wife and child with another on the way. He was arrested for Attempted Illegal Entry, the felony was dismissed, he had his initial hearing, was detained despite family ties, and had his next date set for 2/4/19 at 9:30. There was some question about a deportation as a juvenile in 2010.
Dismissed and requesting Credible Fear Interviews:
Luis Alfredo Llivi Lazo 19-20720MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) From Ecuador does have fear of returning home and says he was not asked at immigration.
Irving Gomez Valdez 19-20785MP (Atty Joel Parris) From El Salvador wanted to see an immigration judge.
Requesting CFIs during the proceedings:
Ramiro Garcia Hernandez 19-20746MP (Atty David Maldonado), Time served, had fear of returning home to Mexico?. Judge K. suggested that he not only put his comments on the minute record but contact the Border Patrol as the man would be deported today.
Wilber Arevalo Orellana 19-20776MP (Atty Juliana Ore-Giron) from El Salvador does have fear of returning home. This and other mistakes were on forms from his arrest. Time served.
Jose Santos Margarito Dominguez 19-20786MP (Atty Hugo Reyna) and Yeimy Vargas Gallardo 19-20788MP (Atty Charles Thomas), husband and wife requested deportation together so they may travel safely. The judge said she would make that recommendation and that they should tell the Border Patrol.Time served.
After dismissals and before the rest of the calendar Judge Kimmins addressed the lawyers telling them that she had the requests for CFIs, asylum, detention and deportation and would not repeat them in court. The lawyers could if they felt they needed to. We hear several judges are doing this to speed up the process. This judge is polite, careful and thorough. I calculated she asked 305 questions of 61 migrants in about 1 hour and thirty minutes.
The head interpreter was, I was told, ‘old school’ and would not give me earphones so I missed some conversations between the judge and lawyers.
A Borderlinks group of about 15 college students from Minnesota, GV SAM Randy Meyer with a group of 10 from all over here for Common Ground on the Border and Katrina Schumacher—GV Sam.