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AlJazeera America
January 25, 2014

Border deaths: The last crossing of Tiger Martinez
By by Erin Siegal McIntyre and Seth Freed Wessle

At the same time, federal immigration officials are prosecuting record levels of those arrested for illegal re-entry, charging nearly 100,000 in 2013. Thatís a 1,420 percent rise from 20 years ago, largely due to the Obama administrationís immigration crackdown and a greater investment of resources in immigration enforcement. The heavy penalty of months or years in prison, coupled with the expanded border security, is meant to deter potential immigrants in the belief that when faced with such hurdles, many will simply turn back or not head for the U.S. at all. (citing TRAC research)

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