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January 24, 2017

Criminal Prosecutions From ICE Declining, Report Says
By Kelcee Griffis

Law360, New York (January 24, 2017, 9:49 PM EST) -- The number of criminal prosecutions resulting from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement referrals has continued its downward trend, according to a Monday report by a Syracuse University-based data organization indicating fewer immigrants are being charged based on ICE recommendations after hitting a 2011 peak. According to Department of Justice data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse in a report released Tuesday, the number of ICE referrals that resulted in federal criminal charges in 2016 decreased by about 8 percent from 2015 and by about 41 percent since 2011. According to the analysis, ICE prosecutions peaked in fiscal year 2011, when 21,662 prosecutions were recorded with ICE as the lead investigator. The numbers steadily climbed upward between 2006 and 2011, with ICE recording 13,481 prosecutions in 2006. Compared with a recorded number of 12,761 in 2016, the number of ICE-related criminal prosecutions is at a decade low. The study noted that the data focuses on ICE referrals only and that “figures do not include the much larger number of criminal prosecutions from referrals made by two other immigration components of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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