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Kansas City Star
August 20, 2018

She agreed to testify against her smuggler. He went free; she’s still in ICE custody
By Rick Montgomery

Since the late 1990s, Syracuse’s online Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has compiled data on federal prosecutions, convictions and prison sentences of persons suspected of “bringing in and harboring certain aliens.” TRAC statistics reveal broad patterns of crackdowns on smugglers between 2004 and 2008, followed by a drop in criminal cases under President Barack Obama’s administration, then a slight uptick in the first 16 months of President Donald Trump’s term. While the disposition of individual cases isn’t accessible, an analysis of the data by The Star shows that throughout those years, felony charges against alleged smugglers routinely vanished. They either were dropped, failed to result in convictions and prison sentences, or were whittled down to lesser crimes such as “aiding and abetting” in an illegal entry. Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article216591960.html#storylink=cpy

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