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Associated Press
October 2, 2011

Department of Justice Cuts, Reassigns 81 Immigration Prosecutors

Justice Department data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University found that criminal immigration cases filed in June accounted for 52 percent of new prosecutions in the nation's federal courts. "The Obama Administration has been pushing and pushing on immigration, so that they choose to let these people go is kind of curious," said David Burnham, co-director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. A TRAC analysis released earlier this year of criminal enforcement comparing the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama found that immigration prosecutions in the districts along the southwest border increased 77 percent between fiscal 2007 and 2010 under Obama. Elsewhere in the nation, criminal immigration prosecutions during that same period were up 31 percent. Burnham said that the loss of so few prosecutors is such a small percentage of the total that it will likely have little impact on immigration enforcement.

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