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Phoenix New Times
November 14, 2013

Arizona No Longer the Top Spot for the Feds to Prosecute Immigrants
By Matthew Hendley

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse run by Syracuse University found that the judicial districts in south Texas and west Texas are now numbers one and two for most immigration prosecutions. A vast majority of these prosecutions are for either improper entry into the country, or reentry by someone who's already been deported. For the first 11 months of this year, there were more than 50,000 of the former, and more than 34,000 of the latter. A majority of these prosecutions take place in three districts -- the two in Texas, plus Arizona. And although the U.S. Attorney's Office of Arizona was first in such prosecutions last year, TRAC reports a 21.6 percent decline since last year. The two districts in Texas had more, and New Mexico -- which generally lags behind the top three -- had dramatically more. There's been a 46 percent increase in immigration prosecutions in New Mexico this year. Still, at 6,000 prosecutions, it's still far behind Arizona, at more than 21,000 prosecutions.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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