Immigration Now 52 Percent of All Federal Criminal Prosecutions
(28 Nov 2016) Immigration remains the major focus of all federal criminal enforcement efforts. The latest available data show that criminal prosecutions for illegal entry, illegal re-entry, and similar immigration violations made up 52 percent of all federal prosecutions in FY 2016. During the 12 months ending September 30, immigration prosecutions totaled 69,636.

This number compares with just 63,405 prosecutions for all other federal crimes -- including drugs, weapons, fraud, and violations of the thousands of other criminal provisions that the federal government is responsible for enforcing.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security was the lead investigative agency for 86.9 percent of these prosecutions.

The Southern District of Texas was the most active during FY 2016 with 24,549 immigration prosecutions, followed by the Western District of Texas with 18,989. The Western District of Texas showed the greatest growth in numbers as compared with FY 2015, while Arizona recorded the largest drop in immigration prosecutions.

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