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November 20, 2010

Illegal-Reentry by Immigrants Tops List of Federally Prosecuted Crimes
By Elizabeth Llorente

Susan B. Long, co-director of TRAC, said the prominence of immigration on the list of the most often prosecuted crimes reflects a dramatic change in enforcement over the last several years. "It shows the priorities of the federal government right now," Long said. "There's been a huge policy shift, and a definite decision to criminally go after people [for immigration offenses]. More resources have been devoted to immigration enforcement." "The FBI used to be the top agency that referred cases," Long said, "but no more."

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