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End Streamline Coalition

End Operation StreamlineEvery day in the Evo A. DeConcini Federal Courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, 70 immigrants are convicted as criminals and sentenced to 30-180 days in federal detention prior to being deported.  The End Streamline Coalition is a group of organizations, community groups, and individuals who are working to end this mass criminalization and deportation of our immigrant sisters and brothers.  More information can be found at the End Streamline Coalition website,

If you are interested in joining, meetings are held most Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:00pm at Southside Presbyterian Church (17 W 23rd Street, Tucson, AZ).

If you are interested in seeing Operation Streamline for yourself, the hearings are open to the public and held daily beginning at 1:30pm on the second floor of the Federal Courthouse (405 W Congress Street, Tucson, AZ).

Tell Sen. McCain that immigrant criminal prosecutions have got to go!!!

End Operation StreamlineTomorrow, Tuesday October 6, @ 11:30pm people will join outside of Senator John McCain’s office in downtown Tucson for a press conference and to rally against Senate Resolution 104!

SR 104 claims Operation Streamline is effective and needs to be expanded. This form of criminally prosecuting immigrants merely for their presence in the United States must end and we need your help. Please join us tomorrow to lend your presence and voice to the call to end criminal prosecutions of immigrants!!

Also, please consider signing this petition asking the members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to reject SR 104 which they will consider on Wednesday, October 7 in committee.

Below is the PRESS RELEASE for more information:


Inhumane, ineffective and costly immigrant prosecutions fueling incarceration rates

CONTACT: Amanda Garces – (520) 770-1373 –

Tucson, AZ. – Senate Resolution 104, presently set for hearing before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) on October 7, 2015, calls for a “sense” of the Senate that a little-known federal immigrant-prosecution program, Operation Streamline, is a “success” that should be continued and expanded. On the contrary, this extremely expensive, inhumane, and embarrassing program has not been proven effective in reducing migration, even according to the Department of Homeland Security’s own Office of Inspector General. The OIG’s recent audit did NOT substantiate the claims of Operation Streamline’s “success,” and also noted that the Border Patrol may be violating international treaties by prosecuting refugees.

“The call for more resources to continue a cruel process to criminalize more and more migrants is shameful,” stated Isabel Garcia of Derechos Humanos. “The taxpayer should be outraged at the expenditure of millions and millions of dollars, including over $30 million per month in the Tucson U.S. District Court alone, with the result that “improper entry” and “reentry after deportation” are now the most frequently prosecuted federal crimes in the nation,” added David R. Wolf of the End Streamline Coalition.

The Senators’ claim that the dramatic drop in migration was in part due to Operation Streamline is simply not true. All consensuses identify the reason for the decline as the economic downturn in the United States. Equally troubling is the Senators’ claim that a criminal prosecution and prison time will cause a migrant not to return. This assertion ignores the realities of individuals and their families fleeing violence in their countries of origin, seeking economic opportunity, or reuniting with family members in the United States. Meanwhile, the impact of these convictions effectively bars those convicted from ever being able to return lawfully, even if their entire families live in the U.S.

The private-prison corporations are the only parties finding “success.” Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), raked in $1.6 billion in 2014 revenue, including $724.2 million from federal government contracts. Senator McCain and dozens of members of Congress and the Senate have benefited from this “success,” with Senator McCain in particular receiving tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

Enough! We must call and write to Senate HSGAC members, and particularly Senator McCain, demanding that Senate Resolution 104 be withdrawn and voted down and that prosecutions for crossing the border be stopped altogether.

JOIN US:      TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2015, 11:30 AM

                        Office of Senator John McCain

                        407 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701

General Resources

Grace and Betts

Dr. Gamez with Reginald Dwayne Betts

ALEC Exposed – Dedicated to exposing the links between corporations and legislators in the making of model legislation.

Arizona Prison Watch – A community resource for monitoring, navigating, surviving, and dismantling the prison industrial complex in Arizona.

DBA Press  – An online news publication and source materials archive that delivers in-depth reporting on private and public sector corruption.

Detention Watch Network – A national coalition of organizations and individuals working to expose and challenge the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and advocate for profound change that promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.

End Streamline Informational Booklet – An easy to read, accessible booklet about what goes on in Operation Streamline proceedings in Tucson, Arizona.

Prison Legal News – Monthly legal news journal for prisoners and prisoner advocates.

Solitary Watch – A web-based project aimed at bringing the widespread use of solitary confinement out of the shadows and into the light of the public square.

Wingspan Anti-Violence Project – A social change and social service program that works to address and end violence in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. They provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis intervention, information, support, referrals, emergency shelter, and advocacy to LGBT victim/survivors of violence.


End Streamline groupAFSC Arizona collaborates with many partner organizations, groups, and campaigns.  Below are links to many of those whose work we support and applaud.  We hope you will too.


ACLU of Arizona – Fighting for civil liberties in Arizona.  Staff in both Phoenix and Tucson.

Arizona Justice Alliance (AJA) – A statewide coalition promoting sensible criminal justice policy.

Arizona Prison Watch – A community resource for monitoring, navigating, surviving, and dismantling the prison industrial complex in Arizona.

Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona (DPAA) – A statewide, grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in AZ.

Earlham Border Studies Program – Semester long on-sight study program through Earlham College, located in Tucson.  Includes travel seminars, internships, and rigorous academic study.

End Streamline Coalition – A coalition of people and organizations united in opposing the criminalization of migrants by Operation Streamline.

Fuerza! Coalition – Fighting back against the prison industry’s attacks against communities in Tucson.

Grassroots Leadership – A multi-racial team of organizers who help Southern and Southwest community, labor, faith, and campus organizations think critically, work strategically and take direct action to end social and economic oppression, gain power, and achieve justice and equity.

NAACP of Arizona – Arizona’s local chapter of NAACP.

Private Corrections Institute – Watchdog organization fighting private for-profit prison expansion.

Read Between the Bars – Southern Arizona’s book to prisoners program.


Arizona Center for Disability Law – A federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona.  Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) throughout the United States assure that the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities are protected.

Border Action Network (BAN) – A human rights organization in border and immigrant communities.

Coalicion de Derechos Humanos – A grassroots organization which promotes respect for human/civil rights and fights the militarization of the Southern Border region, discrimination, and human rights abuses by federal, state, and local law enforcement officials affecting US and non-US citizens alike.

David’s Hope – The mission of David’s Hope is to promote and secure treatment for those with mental health disorders and addictions through increasing collaboration between our mental health and criminal justice systems.

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) – The only nonprofit legal service organization providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children detained by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security in Arizona.

National Alliance on Mental Illness for Southern Arizona (NAMISA) – The mission of NAMI Southern Arizona is to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental illness including individuals, family members and the community at large by providing education, advocacy and support that is high quality, recovery oriented, and culturally sensitive.

No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes – Working to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border.

Samaritans – Saving lives in the southern Arizona border lands.

Wingspan – Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community center.


Critical Resistance – Building an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Drug Policy Alliance – The nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.

Justice Strategies – A non-profit research organization dedicated to providing analysis and solutions to advocates and policymakers pursuing more humane and cost-effective approaches to criminal justice and immigration reform.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) – Works to unify and strengthen its member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) – Mobilizes people of faith to end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture.

Prison Legal News – Monthly legal news journal for prisoners and prisoner advocates.

The Sentencing Project – Works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

AFSC star blackOTHER AFSC OFFICES (working on criminal justice and border issues)

AFSC Colorado Immigrant Rights Program (Denver, CO) – Works to create public discourse and policy that supports immigrants’ full human rights.

AFSC US-Mexico Border Program (San Diego, CA) – Works to secure human rights and self-determination for migrants and border communities by facilitating leadership development, accompanying immigrant communities in their organizing processes, providing technical support and resources, and promoting collective action through human rights committees.

AFSC Bay Area Healing Justice Program (San Francisco, CA) – Promotes alternatives to incarceration, educates the public about new models for justice, and humanizes prisoners and their families while calling attention to the human and fiscal disaster of California’s overgrown prison system.

AFSC Seattle Community Justice Program (Seattle, WA) – Develops youth leadership for social change. We work to end racial disparities in the juvenile and adult justice systems.

AFSC Michigan Criminal Justice Program (Ann Arbor, MI) – Identifying and responding to systemic abuses, civil and human rights violations, and systemic failures in the prison system and seek larger reform while aiding individual prisoners suffering mistreatment.

AFSC NY Metro Healing Justice Program (Newark NJ & New York, NY) – Empowers individuals harmed by violence and by criminal justice policies to transform the conditions under which they live, and to heal. We recognize and advance the worth and dignity of all people in and around the criminal justice system.

AFSC Healing and Transformative Justice Program (Cambridge, MA) – Dedicated to the practice of healing and transformative justice.

AFSC National Office (Philadelphia, PA)