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January 24, 2016

Prosecutions of Immigration Crimes Down by 36% in Last 5 Years
By Rick Moran

Justice Department statistics show that criminal prosecutions for crimes such as unlawful re-entry by an illegal in November totalled 4,861, down 13.2 percent over the previous month. Over the past year, that number is down 22.3 percent. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, which analyzed the data, that is a five year decline of criminal prosecutions of 36 percent. CIS analyzed data produced by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which publishes Justice and Homeland Security Department data on immigration. TRAC said that the top criminal prosecution charge was "reentry by a deported alien." TRAC also produced the "detainer" report based on Homeland Security data that showed a huge drop in the administration's effort to grab illegals in jail. It said that there were over 25,000 detainers issued in October 2015. That dropped to 7,117 in October 2015. The graphic provided in the TRAC report showed that the numbers have stabilized in recent months, but CIS blogger Dan Cadman, a former immigration official, noted the huge decline over five years.

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