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Operation Streamline Shut Down for Day, Tucson Activists Block Buses Filled with Migrants in Custody

***Please see updates at the bottom of this post***

Pro-immigrant activists chaining themselves to buses and a courthouse entrance today in Tucson forced a halt to Operation Streamline, a controversial federal program that prosecutes migrants arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol after they've entered the country illegally.

According to U.S. Marshal David Gonzales, early this morning two buses filled with migrants were en route to downtown Tucson's Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse when they were blocked by about a dozen activists.

The activists then chained themselves to bus wheels, using PVC pipe to form what's known as a "sleeping dragon," thus making it difficult for law enforcement to break through.

A second group of six demonstrators blocked a gated entrance to the rear of the courthouse, also by chaining themselves and employing PVC pipe. The activists issued a press release announcing the action with a link to livestreaming video from both locations at NotOneMoreDeportation.com, a site sponsored by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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