Putting TRAC to Work
Congressional Research Service
September 10, 2012

Authority of State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Law
By Michael John Garcia and Kate M. Manuel

The vast majority of aliens apprehended by Border Patrol unlawfully entering the United States are not prosecuted for the criminal offense of unlawful entry, but are instead either formally removed or permitted to depart voluntarily in lieu of removal. This is largely because pursuing criminal charges in all cases would place a heavy burden upon prosecutorial resources and detention facilities. In recent years, the percentage of persons prosecuted for unlawful entry or reentry has grown considerably, but most aliens apprehended by Border Patrol who are attempting to enter the country unlawfully are removed from the United States without criminal sanction.....[Citing TRAC research].

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