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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
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):
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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.
Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl continued their push for full funding of Operation Streamline last week in what CQ Today (“Arizona Senators Slam Report on Anti-Illegal Immigration Program,” August 25), called: Read more about McCain and Kyle continue push for Streamline, ignore recent reports
Arizona doesn’t need SB 1070, its state-level controversial immigration enforcement measure, to lead the way in criminal prosecutions for immigration violations. Read more about Arizona leads the way in federal prosecutions; Numbers driven by immigration prosecutions
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
Report Stresses Impact of Streamline on Immigrants, Detention System in Texas; Calls for Repeal of Controversial Program
For Immediate Release: July 19, 2010
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