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Is Operation Streamline Worth Its Budget Being Tripled?

NPR | Sept. 5, 2013 3:58 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 5, 2013 6:05 a.m.

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Ted Robbins

The Senate immigration bill calls for tripling a controversial federal court program called Operation Streamline. The program takes people caught crossing the border illegally, gives them prison sentences, then deports them. It’s hugely expensive — but does it work?

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