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August 14, 2018

As “Zero Tolerance” Cases Skyrocket, Other Prosecutions Slow
By David Janovsky

New data suggests the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on border prosecutions is forcing Justice Department lawyers to limit their work on other cases. In addition to the human costs of separating families while parents faced trial, it appears that the explosion of prosecutions of border-crossing violations is hampering the federal government’s ability to prosecute other crimes, including gang violence, drug trafficking, human smuggling, and other serious cross-border offenses. According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, non-immigration prosecutions in the southwest border districts fell sharply after the policy went into effect.

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