Pres. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions will prosecute first-time border crossers as criminals under Operation Streamline. Under Pres. Obama only repeat border-crossers could be prosecuted under the program.

Operation Streamline conducts fast-track prosecutions in group hearings that process illegal aliens from arrest to jail — with sentences as long as six months — in as little as one day. The program was initiated in December 2005 as a pilot project in Del Rio, Texas. DHS expanded it to Yuma, Ariz. a year later, and to Laredo, Texas in October 2007.

Under the Obama administration first-time border crosses were deported to their native country but did not face criminal charges. Under Operation Streamline first time offenders will be convicted with misdemeanors but will face felony charges if they illegally re-enter.

The Trump administration is returning to this policy in an effort to deter illegal aliens from entering the U.S.

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Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 3:37pm EDT