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Op. Streamline swells Latino representation in federal prison system

More Latinos are going to prison, and not because they are committing more crimes than they did in the past.

That’s the analysis behind an Associated Press (“More Hispanics go to federal prison,” June 4) article last month.  The reason appears to be precisely the subject of this blog: Operation Streamline is driving more Latino immigrants into the criminal justice system and ultimately into federal prisons: Read more about Op. Streamline swells Latino representation in federal prison system

Judge Bernardo P. Velasco criticizes Operation Streamline, calls policy “maddening” and ineffective

Last week, the National Catholic Reporter ran an insightful and critical article on the impact of Operation Streamline (“A ‘maddening’ system, from courtrooms to shelters,” July 1st) in Tuscon, Arizona.  The article starts with a typical description of the kind of “justice” provided under Streamline: Read more about Judge Bernardo P. Velasco criticizes Operation Streamline, calls policy “maddening” and ineffective

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

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

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