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Tucson Sentinel
September 5, 2018

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert
By Paul Ingram

In an analysis from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse-university based database of federal records, it appears that federal officials may have sought to target adults crossing the border with children. Using figures from the U.S. courts from April to May 2018, TRAC shows CBP personnel only sought prosecution for less than "one out of three adults" and that adults crossing with children may be overrepresented among those prosecuted in those two months. During those two months, 24,465 adults were prosecuted, while around 9,216 adults with children were prosecuted, resulting in criminal prosecutions "However, since less than a third of adults apprehended illegally crossing the border were actually referred for prosecution, the stated justification does not explain why this administration chose to prosecute parents with children over prosecuting adults without children who were also apprehended in even larger numbers," wrote analysts with TRAC.

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