Thursday, July 17, 2014
From the Washington Post:
Eight men in clothes dirtied by their desert journey rise from their seats and approach the bench.
They wear no belts or shoelaces. They are chained around the waist, shackled by their ankles, cuffed at the wrists. They pad across the gray carpet under the recessed lighting in the William D. Browning Special Proceedings Courtroom.
“Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?” Judge Charles R. Pyle asks.
In a few minutes, these men and women from Mexico and Central America who are convicted of illegally entering the United States will be taken to a lockup by U.S. marshals in blue windbreakers. Then there will be eight MORE immigrants, and eight after that, until the courtroom is empty and 70 people — the day’s quota — will have passed through this judicial assembly line in federal court.
This is Operation Streamline. Fast-track prosecutions. Group hearings. From arrest to jail — with sentences as long as six months — in as little as one day. And under the Senate's reform bill passed last year, S. 744, the number of people passing through U.S. District Court in Tucson under Streamline would triple — to up to 210 per day. Read more....