Illegal Reentry Becomes Top Criminal Charge
(10 Jun 2011) Very timely Justice Department data show that during the first half of FY 2011 prosecutions for the crime of illegal reentry -- when Title 8, Section 1326 was the lead charge -- made up just under one quarter of all federal prosecutions and nearly half of all immigration prosecutions in the first half of FY 2011. The data, obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, also showed that conviction under this particular law, classified as a felony, resulted in an average prison sentence of 14 months. The second most common immigration crime -- illegal entry --- is a petty misdemeanor with an average sentence of one month.

Trends for the last twenty years show that the number of the more serious illegal reentry illegal prosecutions brought during the Obama years top those brought under previous administrations. For details, read the full report at:
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