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Comment: Rethinking the Increased Focus on Penal Measures in Immigration Law as Reflected in the Expansion of the "Aggravated Felony" Concept
By Diana R. Podgorny*

n9. Since 1997, the more than 156,000 "aggravated felons" who have been removed from the United States had been in the country an average of fifteen years prior to being placed in removal proceedings, and 25% had been in the United States for over twenty years. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse,TRAC Immigration Report:How Often Is the Aggravated Felony Statute Used (2006), http://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/158/. Many of these individually were lawfully residing in the United States. Id. n157. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse,TRAC Report: Timely New Justice Department Data Show Prosecutions Climb During Bush Years (2005), http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/crim/136. n158. Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Criminal Immigration Prosecutions for May 2006 (2006), http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/bulletins/immigration/.monthlymay06; Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, TRAC INS Report:New Findings (2005), http://trac.syr.edu/tracins/latest/131/.

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