Swamp­ing the courts

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - FROM THE COVER -

The crime of il­le­gal en­try has been on the books since 1929 but was rarely pros­e­cuted un­til Op­er­a­tion Stream­line de­buted in Del Rio in 2005. Be­tween 2003 and 2013, when such prose­cu­tions peaked, the of­fense of cross­ing il­le­gally ex­ploded al­most 500 per­cent to more than 91,200 cases, the ma­jor­ity filed in the south­ern and western dis­tricts of Texas.

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