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The Marshall Project
April 16, 2017

The Immigration Policy That Ate the Justice Department
By Julia Preston

Cities and towns in Nevada, Kansas, Kentucky and other states distant from Mexico could see the sharp shift in federal law enforcement operations and courts that happened several years ago along the southwest border. Based on prosecutions from border districts alone, immigration crimes are already the single biggest category of cases on the federal docket nationwide. In February, those crimes were 46 percent of all new federal cases, while narcotics cases, the next largest category, were 14 percent, according to an analysis based on official data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Immigration crimes have held the number one position in the federal courts for at least five years, TRAC reports.

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