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Operation Streamline And the Criminal Justice System
By Juan Rocha
NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer discussed Operation Streamline in his April 2008 column for The Champion. This prosecutorial initiative — to fast track the charging and sentencing of people accused of illegally entering the United States — is taking place in several Southwestern districts and a version of it has been implemented in Iowa. The Operation Streamline Task Force, formed by NACDL at the urging of the late Bob Hooker, issued recommendations in 2008 for lawyers representing these defendants.
To reduce and deter illegal immigration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched Operation Streamline.1 Under this program, the federal government prosecutes a large number of people who illegally enter (or leave) the United States, and imprisons them. But prosecuting mass numbers of people, every day, cannot be done without taking shortcuts.
Though journalists and academicians have written articles about whether Operation Streamline is or is no
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