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Center for Migration Studies of New York
July 19, 2015

In Harm’s Way: Family Separation, Immigration Enforcement Programs and Security on the USMexico Border
By Jeremy Slack, University of Texas, El Paso, Daniel E. Martinez, George Washington University, Scott Whiteford, University of Arizona, and Emily Peiffer, University of Arizona

Federal criminal convictions for illegal entry have increased substantially over the past decade from 3,900 in FY 2000 to 92,215 in FY 2013 (TRAC 2014). Federal convictions for illegal reentry increased from 6,513 in FY 2000 to 19,463 in FY 2012, while “other immigration” convictions increased from 1,032 to 1,504 during this same time period (Light, Lopez, and Gonzalez-Barrera 2014). In FY 2000 only 17 percent of federal convictions were for immigration-related offenses, but by FY 2012 this share had increased to 30 percent (ibid.). Operation Streamline has driven the increase in federal convictions for immigration-related offenses. For instance, 45 percent of all immigration-related prosecutions in southwest border districts between FY 2005—when Operation Streamline first began—to FY 2012 were a result of Operation Streamline proceedings (Rosenblum 2013)........[Citing TRAC research].

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