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July 3, 2018

Hundreds Of Miles From Mexico Border, Utah Still Leads Interior States For Immigration Prosecutions
By Julia Ritchey

Despite Utah’s distance from the U.S.-Mexico border, federal prosecutors in the state convict more people of immigration-related crimes than any other U.S. attorney’s office in the interior of the country, according to court statistics. Utah ranked ninth in immigration prosecutions during the first seven months of fiscal year 2018 with 125 cases filed in the U.S. District Court for Utah, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University that analyzes immigration prosecutions and other federal statistics. Most of those criminal cases involve so-called “illegal re-entry,” a previously deported immigrant who is caught back in the country without legal authority. The Beehive State has remained in the top 10 for at least the last five years, behind border states like Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, whose caseloads number into the thousands.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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