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Boise Weekly
April 3, 2017

How to Shut Down an Immigration Raid - Even If It Means Getting Arrested
By Simon Thompson

The realities of the federal immigration system are nothing new for New Mexico, especially for the people who gathered in front of one of the nation’s busiest federal courthouses for criminal immigration prosecutions. In December 2016, 231 immigration cases were filed in this court, according to data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Another 138 cases were filed in January and 94 in February. Nationally, deportations hit 40-year highs during the Obama administration. The Department of Homeland Security reports that in the 2016 fiscal year, 92 percent of interior removals — people not removed at a border — were previously convicted of a crime.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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