Operation Streamline

Operation Streamline, a policy begun in 2005, mandates that nearly all undocumented immigrants crossing the Southern border in certain areas be prosecuted through the federal criminal justice system, a departure from previous practices when most immigration cases were handled exclusively within the civil immigration system.

Operation Streamline has exposed undocumented border-crossers crossing to unprecedented rates of incarceration; overburdened the federal criminal justice system; and added enormous costs to the American taxpayer while providing a boon to the for-profit private prison industry.

Operation Streamline Days of Action, February 19th-21st

Communities across the country, including border communities, will be joining days of action from February 19th to February 21st to demand that comprehensive immigration reform ends, rather than expands, the criminalization of migration. Actions will include public protests, press conferences, op-eds (we'll provide talking points), and meeting with legislators.

Tucson, AZ - Tuesday, February 19th, 12:30pm MT.  Press conference announcing End Streamline campaign at downtown Federal Building downtown.  Contact: Caroline Isaacs - 520.623.9141, cisaacs@afsc.org; Sarah Launius (No More Deaths) - media@nomoredeaths.org.  Facebook page, press release.

Brownsville, TX - Tuesday, February 19th, 2pm CT. Press conference in front of the Reynaldo G. Garza-Filemon B. Vela Federal Court House.  Contact: Astrid Dominguez -  RGVBorderRights@gmail.com.  Press release.

Austin, TX - Wednesday, February 20th, 1pm CT – Press Conference and letter delivery to Texas Senators and Central Texas Congress members.  Federal building at 300 E. 8th St.  Contact – Bob Libal, (512) 971-0487.  Press release.

National - Thursday, February 21st, 1pm ET.  ACLU-led phone conference on Operation Streamline and southwest border enforcement. Speakers will also be briefing congressional staff on Operation Streamline during their visit to Washington, D.C.  Press release.

Online - The National Private Prison Divestment Campaign will be organizing a petition to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray and other members of the Congressional budget committees to shut down Operation Streamline by advocating for removal of funding for immigrant detention and incarceration in private prisons. 

 

Reports on Operation Streamline

TRAC numbers confirm shift towards immigration prosecutions

A newly released report from TRAC shows what this blog has documented since its inception – a massive increase in the use of federal criminal prosecutions for border-crossers in districts along the border.  Previous to Operation Streamline, most border-crossers would have been deported, but not criminally prosecuted.

Now, we are seeing record prosecutions for immigration violations while national prosecutions of other felonies have actually declined.  According to the report from TRAC: Read more about TRAC numbers confirm shift towards immigration prosecutions

Is Op. Streamline causing a “judicial emergency” in Arizona?

I found this article in the Arizona Daily Star (“Judge asks to delay felony trials,” January 5) to be interesting. It appears that Operation Streamline and an influx of cases in the Tuscon area generally is contributing to a crisis of sorts in the federal judicial system.  Here are the highlights: Read more about Is Op. Streamline causing a “judicial emergency” in Arizona?

TRAC Collects Data on Immigration Case Backlogs and Wait Times

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reports immigration case backlogs reached a record 247,922 by mid-June of this year (“Immigration Case Backlog Continues to Grow”, TRAC 2010). The report also shows that these cases wait in the Immigration Courts of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) for an average of 459 days. Read more about TRAC Collects Data on Immigration Case Backlogs and Wait Times

Does GOP’s “pledge” include Operation Streamline funding?

Last week, the the GOP announced it’s “Pledge for America” – a campaign tool meant to hark back to the 1994 Contract for America that lead to sweeping Republican mid-term election gains.

The Washington Independent (Elise Foley, “‘Pledge to America’ Plans for Immigration” September 23, 2010) has an interesting look at what the some of the immigration implications of the “Pledge” may be, including how it could affect Operation Streamline: Read more about Does GOP’s “pledge” include Operation Streamline funding?

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