In the sixth group of migrants earlier than the decide in Arizona that Monday stood Elder Canales, who had lived in New Orleans for greater than a decade — lengthy sufficient to assist rebuild the town after Hurricane Katrina and to have a 10-year-old American-born son. The undocumented heavy-equipment operator from Honduras paid taxes within the United States and despatched cash to his household in his residence nation, together with funds for the burial of two brothers who have been murdered by gangs, in accordance to Mr. Miranda, who was representing Mr. Canales. He had had no run-ins with the regulation.
Just a few months in the past, his spouse produced a Honduran passport, quite than United States identification, when she was stopped by officers whereas driving, Mr. Miranda recounted. They didn’t arrest her, however they jotted down her handle.
About two weeks later, immigration brokers staked out their residence and arrested Mr. Canales, who was deported in February. Twelve days in the past, he sneaked throughout the border in Arizona, hoping to rejoin his household, solely to be caught.
Dressed in a striped polo shirt and slacks, he pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor cost. His felony cost of unlawful re-entry was dismissed, and he was given a 30-day jail sentence.
By 2:55 p.m., all 74 defendants had appeared and the listening to, which had began about 90 minutes earlier, was over.
In his chambers, the place the partitions are adorned with a stuffed javelina he had killed within the wild and a poster of Mae West, Judge Velasco eliminated his black gown earlier than sitting for an interview.
His position is to uphold the legal guidelines of the land, he mentioned. “If the executive branch wants to concentrate on illegal entry, that is what they do,” he mentioned.
But then the decide raised a query of his personal. “As a nation, we should all be thinking about what we are doing and how effective it is,” he mentioned. “What are we doing as a country?”