|(17 Jul 2008)
Immigration cases continue to heavily dominate federal enforcement efforts, making up well over half -- 58% -- of all federal prosecutions in April, according to timely data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
By comparison, prosecutions falling under the general category of drugs and narcotics made up only 16% of the total, while matters classified as involving white collar violations limped in at just under 5% for the same month. The very heavy federal emphasis on immigration cases became especially notable in February, March and April and is concentrated in selected judicial districts along the border with Mexico. The surge in this area is being advanced under a program called "Operation Streamline."
The April figures documenting the Bush Administration's intense immigration enforcement effort -- mostly involving minor criminal charges being brought against undocumented aliens -- have emerged at a time when John McCain and Barack Obama, the two leading presidential candidates, are increasingly debating the immigration policies the United States should pursue.
For reports on the latest enforcement trends, go to:
In addition to providing counts of the immigration prosecutions and convictions that occurred in April, similarly timely information is available for many other categories of enforcement such as terrorism, white collar crime, official corruption, drugs, etc. Free reports are also available for major agencies such as the DEA, FBI, IRS and DHS.
The April 2008 criminal data are also available to TRACFED subscribers via the Express, Going Deeper and Analyzer tools. Go to http://tracfed.syr.edu for more information. Customized reports for a specific agency, district, program, lead charge or judge are available via the TRAC Data Interpreter, either as part of a TRACFED subscription or on a per-report basis. Go to http://trac.syr.edu/interpreter to start.
TRAC is self-supporting and depends on foundation grants, individual contributions and subscription fees for the funding needed to obtain, analyze and publish the data we collect on the activities of the US Federal government. To help support TRAC's ongoing efforts, go to: