TRAC: Southern District of Texas Leading in Record Year for Immigration Prosecutions

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 12, 2013

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Very timely Justice Department data show that during the first six months of FY 2013, the rate of federal criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses is up 9.8 percent over the previous year, with 50,468 such prosecutions reported as of the end of March. If this pace continues, more individuals will have faced criminal immigration charges this year than at any other time in United States history. Regionally, the Southern District of Texas (Houston) now leads the nation with 17,022 immigration prosecutions so far this year. The Western District of Texas (San Antonio) is in second place with 13,379 prosecutions. Arizona, the district with the most immigration prosecutions in FY 2012, has slipped to third place with 11,476. Arizona is also recording the largest decline — 22 percent — of any district in the nation. For more details, including top ten district rankings and lead charges, go to the report.”

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