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April 27, 2018

US immigration lawyers are shifting focus to prosecute people who’ve lived in the US longest
By Ana Campoy

Trump administration officials have said any person in the US illegally should look over their shoulder. But data show the risk is greater for immigrants who have been in the US for longer—at least when it comes to being prosecuted in immigration court. The number of cases filed by the US Department of Homeland Security against immigrants who’ve been in the US for more than two years has multiplied since Trump took office, according to recently-released data from the Transactional Records Access Clearing House at Syracuse University, or TRAC. Those filed against new arrivals, meanwhile, have dropped. The chart below shows how the shares of each type of case have changed from the Obama to the Trump administration.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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