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August 10, 2016

Criminal Prosecutions for Illegal Entry Up 7.7% in 2016
By Barbara Hollingsworth

The number of criminal prosecutions for ilegal entry into the United States is up 7.7 percent for the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2016, but prosecutions for illegal re-entry are down 8.4 percent, according to the latest figures from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The figures, which were obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), show that DOJ prosecuted a total of 25,680 people who illegally entered the U.S. so far this year. "If the pace of criminal prosecutions during the first eight months of FY 2016 continue at the same rate, the annual number of prosecutions for illegal entry will total 38,520 for this fiscal year," TRAC noted. "According to case-by-case information analyzed by TRAC, this estimate is up 7.7 percent over the past fiscal year when the number of illegal entry prosecutions totaled 35,770." The top five districts for illegal entry prosecutions in 2016 are: South Texas (15,152); West Texas (9,548); Arizona (591); Southern California (189); and New Mexico (108). Another 20,628 individuals were also prosecuted for illegal re-entry so far this year, according to TRAC.

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