According to data acquired by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), the total amount of government filings for immigrant prosecutions got to a brand-new high during the past month. Topped by the 11,454 prosecutions tape-recorded in September 2008, such a shocking number stands for an increase of greater than 700% from the same month 7 years back (September 2001). This substantial rise in annual immigrant filings indicates the total variety of all prosecutions brought by the federal government reached their all-time high last year of 155,694. By comparison, there were 82,071 filings in fiscal year 1998 and also 60,421 in fiscal year 1988.
The amazingly abrupt change in federal government enforcement plan is highlighted by the following information. Throughout 2001, the very first year of the Shrub Administration, the percentage of cases categorized as involving immigration offenses was 18% of federal filings – similar to the proportion in the final years of the Clinton Administration. By 2004, the very first year of Shrub’s second term, that percentage had actually increased to over 31%. In the just-ended 2008, however, immigration filings leapfrogged to 51% of the overall.
The worst of this prosecution epidemic occurred in five federal areas strung out along the border with Mexico. In Texas South (Houston), Arizona (Phoenix Az), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Texas West (San Antonio), and The Golden State South (San Diego), the biggest percentage of federal immigrant prosecutions took place. The federal areas with the greatest proportion of migration prosecution cases were both in Texas: Texas West (98.7%) and also Texas South (91.4%).
Hidden in this uncommon surge of both general as well as migration prosecution numbers, are locations of decrease:
White-collar criminal offense prosecutions were down by more than 15% considering that the winding down years of the Clinton Management. Specific narcotics filings also have plunged throughout the Bush years.