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The San Diego Union-Tribune
June 20, 2011

Illegal re-entry is the top federal criminal charge
By Elizabeth Aguilera

Illegal re-entry into the United States accounted for nearly one-quarter of all federal prosecutions and almost half of all immigration prosecutions in the first half of the year, making it the top federal criminal charge, according to Justice Department data. The statistics, analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, showed that convictions under the felony law, typically resulted in an average sentence of 14 months in prison. Undocumented immigrants who are apprehended and have been previously processed into the immigration system for illegal entry or other immigration related violations face charges of illegal reentry.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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