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United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Paul Gabriel Morales Heredia, AKA Alejandro Montada Heredia, AKA Alejandro Montada, AKA Paul Gabriel Morales, AKA Paul Heredia Morales, Defendant-Appellant.
October 8, 2014

US v. Heredia, Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit 2014


In the mid-1990s, the federal government increased its enforcement of the immigration laws in the southwest, rapidly expanding the resources available to the Border Patrol. Since then, the United States has prosecuted increasing numbers of aliens for illegal reentry under 1326 and improper entry under 1325. In 1993, the Department of Justice initiated fewer than 2,500 illegal reentry prosecutions. By 2004, that number had grown to more than 13,000. In each of the past five years, the federal government has initiated over 30,000 illegal reentry prosecutions, including an all-time high of 37,440 last year. These prosecutions constitute a significant proportion of the federal criminal docket. More than a third of all federal defendants in the Ninth Circuit are charged with immigration offenses.......[Citing TRAC research].


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