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USA Today
July 20, 2010

Federal data show immigration prosecutions at Bush-era levels
By Douglas Stanglin

Criminal immigration enforcement by the federal government has recently increased tolevels comparable to the highest seen during the Bush administration, according to data compiled by a Syracuse University project. The independent, non-partisan TRAC project says that new prosecutions referred by Customs and Border Protection in March and April are comparable to those from September and October of 2008 and that prosecutions referred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in that period are the highest since the agency was created in 2005. Click here for the full report from TRAC. TRAC says it obtained the data through a Freedom of Information Act request of the Justice Department.Tucson's KGUN-TV reports that the figures show prosecutions rose 47% in Arizona from February to April and that the rising caseload is overwhelming federal courts. KGUN also says more cases are being dismissed because prosecutors do not have the resources to handle them all. "Border protection advocates say more money for prosecutors, judges and court space is an important part of the picture," reports KGUN's Craig Smith

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