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Twin Cities Pioneer Press
August 10, 2018

Rosario: Because I like something doesn’t mean I like it, and other musings….
By Ruben Rosario

The stepped-up prosecutorial crackdown on border crossers is having a significant effect on enforcing other crimes. Who says? Well, a recent report from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a nonprofit and non-partisan think tank out of Syracuse University that tracks federal spending. A recent data crunch found that in March of this year, only 14 percent of federal prosecution cases were non-immigrant in the five federal districts along the southwest border. By June of this year, “this ratio had shrunk so just one in 17 prosecutions (6 percent) were for anything other than immigration offenses,” the study noted. The number of prosecutions for committing any non-immigration crimes — drug and weapons trafficking, white collar and other crimes, etc. — dwindled from a total of 1,093 in March to just 703 prosecutions two months ago, the study found. “Unless crimes are suddenly less prevalent in the districts along the southwest border, the odds of being prosecuted for many federal offenses have declined.”

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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