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July 2016

Indefensibile: A Decade of Mass Incarceration of Migrants Prosecuted for Crossing the Border
By Judith A. Greene, Bethany Carson, and Andrea Black

Ccomparing data about apprehensions of migrants from the Department of Homeland Security with immigration enforcement data from the U. S. Department of Justice files that are compiled and made available to the public by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University,it appears that there is no apparent correlation between cases filed for prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys, which have been trending upward overall, and the number of apprehensions, which have been trending downward since FY2000. After 2004, filings for improper entry followed a choppy pattern of fluctuation, with higher levels of filings appearing to coincide with presidential election campaigns. Since FY2013, prosecution filings for improper entry have dropped by more than one-third. Prosecution trends differ, however, when comparing the fluctuating number of filings for improper entry with the more steady increase in filings for re-entry.....[Citing TRAC Research].

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