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May 8, 2018

AG Jeff Sessions vows to separate kids from parents, prosecute all illegal border-crossers
By Rafael Carranza and Daniel González

In 2017, Homeland Security referred more than 65,000 new cases for criminal prosecution to the Justice Department, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. That same year, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded more than 303,000 apprehensions along the Southwest border. And while many of those individuals attempted to cross the border illegally more than once in a year, a 100 percent prosecution rate would still be a considerable increase in workload for prosecutors. Last week, Sessions announced the Justice Department would send 35 prosecutors to the border, including six in Arizona, as well as 18 immigration judges to help process asylum claims along the Southwest border.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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