Operation Streamline And the Criminal Justice System

The public supports greater enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. As a result, the federal government has increased border security and implemented enforcement programs such as Operation Streamline to prosecute people accused of illegally entering the United States. The defense attorney has the initial meeting with clients in the morning and must complete the interview-advisement before noon. For defendants, the streamline hearing that begins in the afternoon is many hearings rolled into one: the initial appearance hearing, detention hearing, change of plea heating, and sentencing hearing. Juan Rocha explains how shortcuts are taken in these cases and the constitutional principles that are at risk.