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

Napalitano: $600 million border security bill will fund Streamline expansion

While we’d speculated that additional funds allocated in the $600 million border security bill passed last month may fund an expansion to Operation Streamline, I hadn’t seen it explicitly laid out by the administration.  But, buried in an article (“Arizona National Guard soldiers Read more about Napalitano: $600 million border security bill will fund Streamline expansion

Op. Streamline overwhelms federal courts in El Paso, doesn’t deter migration

A new report by the El Paso-based youth development organization Community Scholars shows that federal judges in El Paso are overwhelmed by cases related to Operation Streamline and a glut of vacancies of the federal bench.  According to the KFOX report (“West Texas Federal Judges Flooded With Cases,” August 30):

Some new statistics KFOX has obtained said the federal court system in West Texas had more cases per judge than any other part of the Lone Star State.

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Republican Senators push Op. Streamline as Border Security bill appears to contain Streamline support funding

Despite last week’s $600 million border security bill which funds more border patrol agents and federal prisons, several Republican Senators have criticized the measure saying that it doesn’t go far enough to fund Operation Streamline, amongst other hawkish measures.

While the bill doesn’t explicitly fund Operation Streamline, there does appear to be Streamline-related funding tucked into the bill.  According to a US News and World Report (Senate Passes $600 Million Border Security Package, August 12) story,

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Claire McCaskill, will deploy 1,500 enforcement personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border and fund increased intelligence and unmanned surveillance vehicles, or drones, along the border. The measure will give $196 million to the Department of Justice to pay for U.S. attorneys, legal expenses, and a federal prison system for illegal immigrant felons, among other security measures. Read more about Republican Senators push Op. Streamline as Border Security bill appears to contain Streamline support funding

Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande – Executive Summary

The following is the executive summary to Grassroots Leadership’s “green paper”  Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande.  The full report is available at www.grassrootsleadership.org.  This is a green paper, meaning that we invite feedback, criticism, and suggestions. Read more about Operation Streamline: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande – Executive Summary

Press release: Grassroots Leadership Issues “Green Paper” on Operation Streamline

Report Stresses Impact of Streamline on Immigrants, Detention System in Texas; Calls for Repeal of Controversial Program

NEWS ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2010

Contact: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership, (512) 971-0487, blibal@grassrootsleadership.org Read more about Press release: Grassroots Leadership Issues “Green Paper” on Operation Streamline

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