Operation Streamline Shut Down for Day, Tucson Activists Block Buses Filled with Migrants in Custody

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***Please see updates at the bottom of this post***

Pro-immigrant activists chaining themselves to buses and a courthouse entrance today in Tucson forced a halt to Operation Streamline, a controversial federal program that prosecutes migrants arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol after they've entered the country illegally.

According to U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, early this morning two buses filled with migrants were en route to downtown Tucson's Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse when they were blocked by about a dozen activists.

The activists then chained themselves to bus wheels, using PVC pipe to form what's known as a "sleeping dragon," thus making it difficult for law enforcement to break through.

A second group of six demonstrators blocked a gated entrance to the rear of the courthouse, also by chaining themselves and employing PVC pipe. The activists issued a press release announcing the action with a link to livestreaming video from both locations at NotOneMoreDeportation.com, a site sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

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Demonstrators halting a bus filled with migrants, headed to Operation Streamline
As a result, Gonzales said he made the decision to cancel Streamline court for the day.

"We didn't know how long they'd be tied up," Gonzales said. "So it was more the logistics of processing these persons for court. It takes deputy marshals several hours to do that."

See also:
Grinding Justice: Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work

The marshal said the hearing for the detainees would be postponed till the next business day, which will be Tuesday, after the federal Columbus Day holiday.

"They're in custody," Gonzales stated of the migrants. "They're not going anywhere till they see a judge."

According to our colleagues at the Tucson Weekly, police detached the demonstrators from the buses and arrested them around 12:30 p.m. A few minutes later, the protesters at the court's back entrance, "decided to unchain themselves, save the PVC pipe for the next action and end the protest."

Gonzales said those blocking the buses may be hit with state felony charges, possibly obstructing a criminal prosecution. The six at the gate were taken into custody by Federal Protective Service, the force that guards federal buildings, and will likely be charged with misdemeanors, according to the marshal.

Operation Streamline processes 70 recently-arrested migrants a day in Tucson during a mass hearing before one magistrate. Men and women who haven't showered for days are led into court, handcuffed to their waists, with shackles on their feet.



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JESUSBANDOLEROS
JESUSBANDOLEROS

frontera es right.  This is  our time , SI SE PUEDE

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

This is OBAMAS  last  chance to save his "LEGACY'....Don't tell me He forgot already who put Him  over  the  TOP ,last election .......LATINOS......

Jeremy Paul
Jeremy Paul

The immigration system isn't broken, it's the deportation that is. There is a system in place for immigrants. Many immigrunts do not follow it. MILLIONS!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I hope Gonzales is selected for Joe's new court-ordered babysitter. That would be awesome.

Michael Herrera
Michael Herrera

In any other county they would shoot you for entering their country illegally, in prison them, or worse. I understand they might have a better life in the US, even being illegals, but there is a process to enter this country, they need to get in line.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Operation Streamline is one of the most inhumane immigration policies we practice. It's been around since the Bush years and Obama has never even addressed it.  

People are not given due process under the constitution.  Human rights and dignity is deliberately ignored and it also has not stopped people desperate to be with families or try to survive from risking their lives from crossing the desert even after released.  It doesn't work. It never has and it never will.

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

You can blame those that took advantage of the system. They ruined it for the ones that respect our laws.

Luis Antonio Salazar
Luis Antonio Salazar

Chuck Klee there is no process that's the whole reason why they are doing all of this activity. They want a process to exist just like you do. In other words, if the broken immigration system is fixed in the U.S, people can enter the U.S legally once again.

Jeff Ramon
Jeff Ramon

Where's a hand grenade when you need one?

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

Do it right. Follow the process in the first place and they wont have to be deported. Mexico has very strict immigration laws..too bad the United States laws are so fucking weak.

KillEmAll
KillEmAll

50 cents per bullet could clear this protest right up.  Fuck all of these assholes.  They could be protesting to protect rights of US citizens, no they don't give a shit about protecting our freedoms and liberties.  Why don't these assholes go protest against the Mexican and Central American governments that violate human rights of their own citizens every day.  Wait....Whats that?  Oh they would be shot.  Serves them right.  Good for nothing lowlifes. Get to work and stop Occupying. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

So they ensured that the prisoners will be in custody for a few more days, added themselves to the prisoner rolls, and successfully drew attention to the fact that people who broke the law are being (the horror!) prosecuted.

They must be so proud.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

He never intended to do anything more than exploit latinos for their vote from the very beginning. He got his second term and doesn't need to follow up on anything he originally promised.

THE_JUDGE
THE_JUDGE

@robert_graham Hey bitch, who told you that you could speak ? Go back to your little teen boy websites. After being exposed for your perverse misdeeds how can you even show your ugly mug ? Have some dignity, for once.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20 What part of due process do you believe is being denied?   They're advised of their rights and offered counsel.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Luis Antonio Salazar  

Up to the point that they break the law, yes.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@KillEmAll  You want to shoot and kill protesters? You are a sick person. If you have a gun, just use it on yourself and end your own misery.  You are also extremely ignorant.  Mexico doesn't shoot protesters. People protest in Mexico all the time . The only times they were shot and killed was by our trained military.  They were priests and nuns tuff guy. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@KillEmAll "Why don't these assholes go protest against the Mexican and Central American governments that violate human rights of their own citizens every day. "

why wld they do that?This is America, not Mexico. duh. 

"50 cents per bullet could clear this protest right up....Wait....Whats that?  Oh they would be shot. "

sounds like u wanta live in a central america dick-tatorship.

USA. love it or leave it, u commie pos.


FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@yourproductsucks2  I UNDERSTAND  YOUR FEELING,BUT  WERE TALKIN  BOUT  OBAMAS AND DEMOCRATIC PARTYS LEGACY.Alot of teabag southern " R" WANT TO DENY A BLACK  PRESIDENT ANY VICTORY. LATINOS WILL   BLAME  "R" INTHE END.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@FRONTERA @yourproductsucks2  

Assuming that a person's actions are motivated by racism is just as prejudiced as racism, itself.

Most of Obama's failures have been the result of his being the least politically experienced President in generations, not a conspiracy to get the black man.

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@valleynative @TheyCallMeMrTibbs @dennis20 

That's not the issue as much as whether or not they understand what's going on, which many do not. And that's only one of many issues. Mass hearings with predetermined outcomes are not constitutional. The Ninth agreed with this on procedural grounds, allowing the lower court to police itself. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@valleynative @dennis20

Granted this study is from 2010. Still, it covers many of the problems related to due process, prosecutorial independence and effective assistance of counsel. These are basically caused by mass trials with 70 people at a time. One judge referred to this as "assembly line justice." Most defendants receive just one court appearance, which serves as an arraignment, plea, and sentencing.

http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/Operation_Streamline_Policy_Brief.pdf

From one chief judge: "Our magistrate judges try very hard to conduct their hearings in a way that is understandable to the defendants.But most of our defendants have a first or second grade education in their native countries. Some of them are not even able to read in their native languages. And so, we explain to them their constitutional rights in a legal system entirely foreign to them."

Like it or not, the constitution for the most part speaks of "persons," not "citizens." If you're on American soil, the constitution shld apply, though in practice that's not always the case.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@dennis20 @valleynative  

I read that article.  That's where I found that they're advised of their rights and offered counsel.  My question stands.

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