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Associated Press
May 21, 2016

Immigration cases deluge New Mexico federal courts

Criminal felony immigration cases in New Mexico’s federal courts have ballooned in the last five years, according to a recent research study on U.S. courts. Judges in federal court in Las Cruces, which receives the majority of the New Mexico federal district immigration cases, have been dealing with a huge backlog of cases involving deported immigrants who re-enter. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, a nonpartisan research organization that focuses on federal government spending and staffing, found an 80 percent jump in such cases in New Mexico. According to a compilation of U.S. court statistics, New Mexico courts handled 3,749 cases in 2015. Compare that to 2,078 cases in 2011.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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