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October 4, 2013

Government Shutdown: Border Prosecutions Return To Normal After Three Days Of Curtailed Service
By David Iaconangelo

Prosecutions along one stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border are returning to normal on Friday after officials curtailed services earlier this week, reported the Associated Press. The office of Laura Duffy, the top federal prosecutor in San Diego, had issued guidelines on Monday for California's part of the border with Mexico, which said that only the most serious immigrant and drug-smuggling cases, as well as those of suspects charged with a felony for re-entering the United States after deportation, should be prosecuted. Duffy told the AP that regular services would return after the Justice Department had agreed to bring furloughed staff back to work. The California-Mexico border for which the guidelines were issued saw in July the third-highest number of immigration-related prosecutions among border regions, after only Southern and Western Texas, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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