- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A group of activists who blocked two buses carrying immigrants by lying in front of them and chaining themselves to tires has been sentenced in court.

The 12 protesters were sentenced to time served in Tucson on Monday on two misdemeanor charges.

The protesters stopped two buses carrying detainees on their way to be tried in federal court under a program known as Operation Streamline on Oct. 11, 2013.

Operation Streamline imposes criminal charges and jail time for immigrants accused of crossing the border illegally more than once. It is known for its speedy trial process in which up to 70 men and women are indicted, give pleas, and are convicted and sentenced all in one day.

The protesters were jailed for 14 hours following their arrest.

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