Spike in Criminal Prosecutions Caused by Jump in Immigration Referrals
(28 Feb 2013) The total of 15,313 federal criminal prosecutions in December 2012 was 14 percent higher than the previous month. But this sharp increase for the nation as a whole was entirely the result of an unusually pronounced surge in prosecutions recommended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in just two federal districts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

This significant jump in CBP immigration prosecutions in Texas South and Texas West was documented in very recent monthly Justice Department data obtained and analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

A second surprising finding emerging from the data was that CBP prosecutions in the other federal districts along the U.S.-Mexico border were down, in some cases substantially. A spokesperson for the agency in Washington, DC did not respond to two requests for information about the varied enforcement pattern.

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