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December 3, 2013

Obama Administration Sets Record For Criminal Prosecution Of Immigrants In 2013
By Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

The Obama administration prosecuted a record high number of immigrant defendants in the 2013 fiscal year, with 97,384 total cases filed. According to a new report by Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the number of prosecutions is up nearly six percent from the 2012 fiscal year and has increased 22.6 percent over the past five years. Immigrants illegally entering the country for the first time made up the bulk of prosecutions at 55 percent in the 2013 fiscal year, ending on September 30. Immigrants illegally re-entering the country made up 38 percent of prosecutions, a figure that is up 76.2 percent from the number of re-entry prosecutions during the last year of President Bush’s administration. Illegal entry prosecutions were up 12 percent from 2012, while illegal reentry prosecutions in the same time period were up less than one percent. New Mexico officials led the country in prosecuting the most immigrants, followed by officials in the Western District of Texas. Illegal entry carries a petty misdemeanor charge while illegal reentry carries a felony charge and results in longer sentences.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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