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Harsher punishments for illegal border crossing

Illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the US-Mexico border are facing harsher punishments in the past year. In the Del Rio sector of the border, US Border Patrol agents have been following the orders of Operation Streamline.

In Operation Streamline, people trying to sneak in the US will now not immediately be returned to Mexico. Instead the undocumented migrants will have to face a judge within 2 days and likely spend at least 2 weeks in jail. If they are repeat offenders they could spend months in jail.

Convictions are made in mass sentences and an individual's time in front of the judge is extremely limited. Critics say Operation Streamline is not due process. Proponents claim it is deterring illegal crossings, and allowing border patrol officials time to focus on other issues.

msnbc.com/NBC news reporting.