For more information

Places to go to learn more about Operation Streamline:

Substantive news articles

Beaty, Rachel (2010) “Operation Streamline: An Analysis” The Sonoran Chronicle October 26, 2010

Blumenthal, Max (2010) “’We’re all parasites.’ This is Operation Streamline.” February 15, 2010

Hsu, Spencer S. (2008) “Immigration Prosecutions Hit New High” Washington Post June 2, 2008

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

Lydgate, Joanna (2010) “Operation Streamline: Border enforcement that doesn’t work” Los Angeles Times May 14, 2010

McNeil, ST (2013) “Streamlined Deportation: ‘No One in This Room Can Help You’” Truth Out January 3, 2012

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Border Patrol Program Raises Due Process Concerns” NPR September 13, 2010

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Claims of Border Program Success are Unproven” NPR September 13, 2010

Robbins, Ted (2010) “Border Convictions: High Stakes, Unknown Price” NPR September 14, 2010

Schwartz, John (2009) “Immigration Enforcement Fuels Rise in U.S. Cases” New York Times December 21, 2009

Sen, Rinku (2011) “View from Arizona: A Look at Operation Streamline” September 15, 2011 Color Lines


Deportation Nation (2010) “Operation Streamline Deployed” December 12, 2010

Gipe, Lawrence; Woodhouse, Murphy; and McNeil, Sam (2012) “Illustrating Operation Streamline” Arizona Sonora News Service December 12, 2012

Kohli, Arti (2010) “Operation Streamline: Assembly-Line Justice at the Border” Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California at San Diego

Scholarly articles

Boyce, Geoffrey; Herr, Samantha; Launius, Sarah; Marshall, Sandy; and Vallet, Maryada (2012) “Resisting the Security-Industrial Complex: Operation Streamline and the Militarization of the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands” in Lloyd, J. M. Mitchelson and A. Burridge (eds.) Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders and Global Crisis Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press

Brink, Katharine (2012) “Neglecting Due Process Rights of Immigrants in the Southwest United States: A Critique of Operation Streamline.” U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 89 pp. 315-339.

Burridge, Andrew (2009) “Differential Criminalization under Operation Streamline: Challenges to Freedom of Movement and Humanitarian Aid Provision in the Mexico-US Borderlands” Refuge 26 2 pp. 78-91

Chacón, Jennifer M. (2009) “Managing Migration Through Crime” Columbia Law Review v.109 pp.138-148

Lydgate, Joanna (2010) “Assembly-Line Justice: A Review of Operation Streamline” California Law Review 98

Nazarian, Edith (2011) “Crossing Over: Assessing Operation Streamline and the Rights of Immigrant Criminal Defendants at the Border”, 44 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1399

Non-governmental reports

Buentello, Tara; Carswell, Sarah V.; Hudson, Nicholas; Libal, Bob (2010) “OPERATION STREAMLINE: Drowning Justice and Draining Dollars along the Rio Grande” Grassroots Leadership July 2010

Grassroots Leadership (2012) “Operation Streamline Watch”

Grassroots Leadership (2012) “Organization Sign-on Letter to Members of Congress: Operation Streamline”

Greene, Judith and Mazón, Alexis (2012) “Privately Operated Federal Prisons for Immigrants: Expensive.  Unsafe.  Unnecessary” Justice Strategies September 13, 2012

Kerwin, Donald and McCabe, Kristen (2010) “Arrested on Entry: Operation Streamline and the Prosecution of Immigration Crimes” Migration Policy Institute April 2010

Libal, Bob (2011) “Half all people sentenced to federal prisons are now Latino; Op. Streamline major cause” Grassroots Leadership September 7, 2011

Lydgate, Joanna (2010) “Assembly-Line Justice: A Review of Operation Streamline.” The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute On Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, University of California, Berkeley.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2008) “Adopted NADCL Policy on Operation Streamline” May 4, 2008

National Immigration Forum (2009) “Operation Streamline Fact Sheet” July 21, 2009

National Immigration Forum (2010) “Operation Streamline and its Effects on the Courts and Law Enforcement on the Border” May 11, 2010

Nation Immigration Forum (2010) “The Cost of Operation Streamline” December 6, 2010

National Immigration Forum (2010) “Operation Streamline: Unproven Benefits Outweighed by Cost to Taxpayers” September 12, 2012

No More Deaths (2011) “Fact Sheet: Operation Streamline”

Reimer, Norman (2008) “Responding to Operation Streamline” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers April 2008

Robertson, Alistair Graham et al. (2012) “Operation Streamline: Costs and Consequences” Grassroots Leadership September 2012.

Rocha, Juan (2011) “Operation Streamline and the Criminal Justice System” National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers November 2011

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (2013) Syracuse University,


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