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January 26, 2016

Data: Criminal Immigration Prosecutions Decline 22 Percent in One Year
By Caroline May

Criminal immigration enforcement has declined 22.3 percent in the past year, according to Justice Department data compiled and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). In November 2015 there were 4,861 new immigration prosecutions, 13.2 percent lower than the month prior and 22.3 percent lower than the number of new immigration prosecutions in November 2014, exactly one year earlier. The data continues a trend in declining criminal immigration prosecutions. According to TRAC, immigration prosecutions have declined 15.1 percent since 2010 and, excluding cases filed in U.S. Magistrate Court (which deals with less serious offenses), prosecutions of immigration cases have declined 36.3 percent in the past five years. The top three charges for immigration prosecutions filed in U.S. District Court that month was “Reentry of a deported alien” (1,278 ) followed by “Bringing in and harboring certain aliens” (226), and “Fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents” (32).

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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