Operation Streamline

What is Operation Streamline?

“Operation Streamline is an initiative of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice begun in 2005 with the intention of establishing “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement zones along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under Operation Streamline, unauthorized migrants face criminal prosecution and potential prison sentences in addition to formal deportation and removal from the United States. Operation Streamline has drastically increased immigration prosecutions, making ‘Illegal Re-entry’ the most-commonly filed federal charge. In Arizona, Operation Streamline annually costs some $120 million in court proceedings and over $50 million for detention and incarceration.” (No More Deaths)

Video Illustrations of Operation Streamline:

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Tucson Samaritans – Operation Streamline Costs and Consequences


News Articles on Operation Streamline:

Beaty, Rachel (2010) “Operation Streamline: An Analysis” The Sonoran Chronicle October 26, 2010 http://sonoranchronicle.com/2010/10/26/operation-streamline-an-analysis/

Blumenthal, Max (2010) “’We’re all parasites.’ This is Operation Streamline.” Maxblumenthal.com February 15, 2010 http://maxblumenthal.com/2010/02/were-all-parasites-this-is-operation-streamline/

Hsu, Spencer S. (2008) “Immigration Prosecutions Hit New High” Washington Post June 2, 2008 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/06/01/ST2008060102603.html?sid=ST2008060102603

Lemons, Stephen (2010) “Grinding Justice: Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn’t Work” Phoenix New Times October 21 2010 http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-10-21/news/grinding-justice-operation-streamline-costs-millions-tramples-the-constitution-treats-migrants-like-cattle-and-doesn-t-work/

Lydgate, Joanna (2010) “Operation Streamline: Border enforcement that doesn’t work” Los Angeles Times May 14, 2010 http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/14/opinion/la-oe-lydgate-immigration-20100514

McNeil, ST (2013) “Streamlined Deportation: ‘No One in This Room Can Help You’” Truth Out January 3, 2012 http://truth-out.org/news/item/13580-streamlined-deportation-no-one-here-in-this-room-can-help-you

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Border Patrol Program Raises Due Process Concerns” NPR September 13, 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129780261

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Claims of Border Program Success are Unproven” NPR September 13, 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129827870

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Border Convictions: High Stakes, Unknown Price” NPR September 14, 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129829950

Schwartz, John (2009) “Immigration Enforcement Fuels Rise in U.S. Cases” New York Times December 21, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/us/22crime.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=operation+streamline+immigration&st=nyt&

Sen, Rinku (2011) “View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline” September 15, 2011 Color Lines http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/09/view_from_arizona_a_look_at_operation_streamline.html