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April 17, 2014

The US is charging more immigrants with criminal offenses
By Allison Jackson

Every year thousands of migrants enter the United States and every year thousands are sent back. While the number of deportations has barely changed since 2008, there's been a big spike in the number of undocumented immigrants sent home for criminal convictions. Are immigrants committing more crime? The answer is no, the US government is just convicting more immigrants for minor violations. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, recently pulished a series of studies on the changing makeup of deportees over the past six years. The research is based on data obtained from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Here is what it found: 1. The US government deported 368,644 in 2013 2. 90 percent of those deported in 2013 were male 3. 65.5 percent were Mexican 4. Average age: 30 5. 59 percent had criminal convictions 6. But almost 50 percent of those were charged with only a minor violation 7. Only 12 percent actually committed a serious offense 8. These are the top four offenses: Illegal entry, drunk driving, traffic violations and marijuana possession 9. Drug trafficking convictions accounted for just 1 percent of offenses.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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