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The Birmingham News
September 25, 2011

Charges for illegal re-entry on rise in Alabama
By Ken Faulk

In Alabama, the number of cases filed by federal prosecutors has more than doubled in the past five years -- from 33 cases during fiscal year 2005-2006 to 78 so far this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Alabama's numbers, however, are just a tiny fraction of the 35,836 illegal re-entry charges filed nationwide in fiscal year 2010, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. So far 18,552 new prosecutions have been filed in the first six months of the fiscal year, and if the trend continues, that number will eclipse last year's, according to a clearinghouse report. Illegal re-entry is a charge that applies when a person is deported and then returns without legal permission. U.S. attorneys in each of the nations 94 federal districts have discretion over whether to prosecute such cases and how often.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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