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New Mexico Immigration Prosecutions Jumped 46% in FY 2013

TRAC: “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eleven months of FY 2013 New Mexico had the fastest growth in criminal immigration prosecutions — a 45.7 percent jump — among the nation’s 94 judicial districts. Second highest was the Western District of Texas with a 32.0 percent increase, followed closely by the Southern District of Texas where prosecutions were up by 24.0 percent. In a curious contrast, immigration prosecutions declined in the two other districts along the southwest border with Mexico. The fall was sharpest for Arizona which had 21.6 fewer prosecutions last year than during FY 2012, while in the Southern District of California immigration prosecutions fell by 13.3 percent. The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with immigration-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. For more details, including a twenty-year timeline of such prosecutions, see the report.”

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