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May 14, 2013

50,000 Immigration Prosecutions in Six Months
By Dan McCue

Federal prosecutors filed more than 50,000 immigration cases in the first six months of this fiscal year, and the busiest courts in the nation were in Houston, a new report says. The report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University found the rate of prosecutions for immigration offenses was up 9.8 percent from 2012, with 50,468 such prosecutions reported across the U.S. during the first six months of the 2012-13 fiscal year. The federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. "If this pace continues, more individuals will have faced criminal immigration charges this year - 100,936 - than at any other time in United States history," the clearinghouse said in a statement accompanying the report. Immigration prosecutions in 2012 came to 91,941 - up 385 percent from 2003, the report said.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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