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Human Rights Watch
August 16, 2018

Q&A: Trump Administration’s "Zero-Tolerance" Immigration Policy

After the advent of Streamline in 2005, the number of prosecutions for illegal entry and reentry began to soar. As the graph from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows, immigration prosecutions dropped after 2013 but remained significantly higher than before 2005. In 2016, even before the Trump administration announced its “zero-tolerance” policy, immigration prosecutions – the vast majority involving illegal entry and illegal reentry – constituted 52 percent of all federal criminal prosecutions. As stated previously, even under these increased prosecutions, parents traveling with children were generally not prosecuted until recently.

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