09/09/2013 12:19 pm ET

Operation Streamline Would Further Stress Already Overburdened Courts: Report

Courts in the Southwest are pushed to their limits to handle all the immigration cases that come their way now — and that could get a lot worse with plans to add Border Patrol agents as part of immigration reform.

Operation Streamline, which the Tucson Sector implemented in 2008, was supposed to fast-track up to 100 prosecutions of immigrants a day.

But five years later, the program is stuck at 70 a day — some days even fewer — because there’s aren’t enough courtrooms, judges or holding space. And that’s not even taking into account nearly $350 million in sequestration cuts.

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