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Voice of San Diego
September 4, 2018

Under Zero Tolerance, Illegal Border-Crossers Can Be Treated More Harshly Than Their Smugglers
By Maya Srikrishnan

The U.S. attorney’s office said it has not changed the way it handles alien smuggling cases since the implementation of zero tolerance. “We evaluate every case for the appropriate charges under the circumstances and have not implemented any broader policy changes for charging alien smuggling cases,” said Kelly Thornton, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of California. Data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center at Syracuse University, shows that alien smuggling prosecutions in the Southern District of California are down roughly 20 percent from one year ago.

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