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President Obama, You Are Invited to Visit Arizona's Operation Streamline at the Federal Courthouse

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:31 By Roberto Rodriguez, Operation Streamline | Open Letter
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SPECIAL INVITE TO OBAMA & HOLDER RE OPERATION STREAMLINE: Please sign and share this far and wide... 24 human rights activists put their lives and liberty on the line to end this for-profit scheme called Operation Streamline.

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/01/24/streamline/
 
To: President Barack Obama
To: First Lady Michelle Obama
To: Honorable Attorney General Eric Holder

We are writing to you regarding an urgent situation taking place in Tucson, Arizona. Every weekday,Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM Operation Streamline takes place at the Federal Court House. Every day, 70 or so Mexican and Central American men and women are processed, charged, convicted, sentenced and sent to a private for-profit prison, before finally being deported.
 
We invite you and members of your administration to step inside this operation.
 
In the courtroom, you will witness a most dehumanizing court procedure: Dozens of brown men and women, inexplicably chained from the ankles, waist and wrists, all waiting to be criminally charged at incredible speeds. You will come to know that prior to this judicial procedure, each person gets but a few minutes of consultation with an attorney, on the same day they see the judge. There is no time for adequate counsel, no deliberation, and no contemplation of justice. The daily proceeding takes about 90 minutes
 
 
Operation Streamline is purportedly designed to give non-violent undocumented immigrants criminal jail sentences before they are deported, as a deterrent to keep them from trying to reenter the country in the future. However, we see this as a for-profit operation that criminalizes non-violent migrants, who are only trying to survive and improve the lives of their families.
 
Last October,  24 people have risked their freedom, taking part in actions of peaceful civil disobedience, in attempts to both shut down this abhorrent program and bring attention to the injustices that take place every day in that court room. Their willingness to risk their freedom comes from understanding the urgency of the situation, and the injustices that are imposed on migrants.
 
Mr. President, this is why we invite you, your family,  and members of administration, including Attorney General Eric Holder. We are convinced that if you witness Operation Streamline, you would be offended by the program, and would know that the right decision is to immediately shut it down. 
 
Thank you for your time. 
 
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, PhD (Dr. Cintli) is an associate professor at the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race, a book that chronicles his two police brutality trials, and he co-produced, with Patrisia Gonzales, Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan, a documentary on origins and migrations. He returned to the university as a result of a research interest that developed pursuant to his column writing concerning origins and migration stories of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. His book Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother (University of Arizona Press, 2014) advances the thesis that Mexican/Central American peoples were not created in 1848 (war) or invasion (1519) but rather with the creation of Maíz some 7,000 years ago. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Page and is working on a collaborative project and forthcoming book entitled Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, on the topic of color consciousness. He recently completed a memoir/testimonio on the topic of torture and political violence, Yolqui: A Warrior Summonsed From the Spirit World. His last major award was in 2013, receiving the national Baker-Clarke Human Rights Award from American Educational Research Association, for his work in defense of Ethnic Studies.


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President Obama, You Are Invited to Visit Arizona's Operation Streamline at the Federal Courthouse

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:31 By Roberto Rodriguez, Operation Streamline | Open Letter
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SPECIAL INVITE TO OBAMA & HOLDER RE OPERATION STREAMLINE: Please sign and share this far and wide... 24 human rights activists put their lives and liberty on the line to end this for-profit scheme called Operation Streamline.

http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/01/24/streamline/
 
To: President Barack Obama
To: First Lady Michelle Obama
To: Honorable Attorney General Eric Holder

We are writing to you regarding an urgent situation taking place in Tucson, Arizona. Every weekday,Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM Operation Streamline takes place at the Federal Court House. Every day, 70 or so Mexican and Central American men and women are processed, charged, convicted, sentenced and sent to a private for-profit prison, before finally being deported.
 
We invite you and members of your administration to step inside this operation.
 
In the courtroom, you will witness a most dehumanizing court procedure: Dozens of brown men and women, inexplicably chained from the ankles, waist and wrists, all waiting to be criminally charged at incredible speeds. You will come to know that prior to this judicial procedure, each person gets but a few minutes of consultation with an attorney, on the same day they see the judge. There is no time for adequate counsel, no deliberation, and no contemplation of justice. The daily proceeding takes about 90 minutes
 
 
Operation Streamline is purportedly designed to give non-violent undocumented immigrants criminal jail sentences before they are deported, as a deterrent to keep them from trying to reenter the country in the future. However, we see this as a for-profit operation that criminalizes non-violent migrants, who are only trying to survive and improve the lives of their families.
 
Last October,  24 people have risked their freedom, taking part in actions of peaceful civil disobedience, in attempts to both shut down this abhorrent program and bring attention to the injustices that take place every day in that court room. Their willingness to risk their freedom comes from understanding the urgency of the situation, and the injustices that are imposed on migrants.
 
Mr. President, this is why we invite you, your family,  and members of administration, including Attorney General Eric Holder. We are convinced that if you witness Operation Streamline, you would be offended by the program, and would know that the right decision is to immediately shut it down. 
 
Thank you for your time. 
 
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto Rodriguez, PhD (Dr. Cintli) is an associate professor at the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is the author of Justice: A Question of Race, a book that chronicles his two police brutality trials, and he co-produced, with Patrisia Gonzales, Amoxtli San Ce Tojuan, a documentary on origins and migrations. He returned to the university as a result of a research interest that developed pursuant to his column writing concerning origins and migration stories of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. His book Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother (University of Arizona Press, 2014) advances the thesis that Mexican/Central American peoples were not created in 1848 (war) or invasion (1519) but rather with the creation of Maíz some 7,000 years ago. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Page and is working on a collaborative project and forthcoming book entitled Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, on the topic of color consciousness. He recently completed a memoir/testimonio on the topic of torture and political violence, Yolqui: A Warrior Summonsed From the Spirit World. His last major award was in 2013, receiving the national Baker-Clarke Human Rights Award from American Educational Research Association, for his work in defense of Ethnic Studies.


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