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September 22, 2009

"Immigration Prosecutions at Record Levels in FY 2009"

The title of this post is the headline of this new data item from the folks at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Here is how the report starts:

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first nine months of FY 2009 the government reported 67,994 new immigration prosecutions. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 90,659 for this fiscal year.  According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this estimate is up 14.1 percent over the past fiscal year when the number of prosecutions totaled 79,431.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with immigration-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

These numbers ought to bring a smile to Lou Dobbs and others who are often calling for tougher enforcement of immigration laws.  Whether it amounts to change we can believe in is, of course, a distinct question.   

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Lou Dobbs won't be happy until border patrol begins shooting on sight and Obama resigns as president. I thought after Glen Beck left I would be spared further hackery on CNN, but no such luck.

What disturbs me is the relatively low uptick in prosecutions for (1) businesses employing illegal workers, and (2) aiding and abetting (which often nets a-holes who are bringing over illegals for indentured servitude/sexual slavery). Obama's only frying the small fish without getting to the root of the problem.

Posted by: Res ipsa | Sep 22, 2009 2:47:26 PM

Most of this spike is due to the massive number of "Operation Streamline" misdemeanor illegal entry cases on the border. It's a "zero tolerence" policy that started about 18 months ago in border districts in Arizona and Texas, where they stopped doing "catch and release" (or, in the case of some districts, cut way down on it) and the border patrol detour illegals into a few days detention and a misdemeanor charge. Under this DHS/DOJ plan the illegals are lined up in front of a magistrate judge, a hundred or more defendants at a time, two or three times a week, admonished as a group, and then all plead guilty to an illegal entry misdemeanor and are sent back home. It's quite something to see one of these cattle-call pleas. The FPD represents about a dozen or so people per plea, and then another half dozen panel attorneys represent the rest. The program is the brainchild of Republican Congressman Tom Culberson from Texas.

Posted by: Ferris Bueller | Sep 23, 2009 9:05:52 AM

I hope hell actually exists so Lou Dobbs has a place to burn...along with all the ignorant, angry Americans who've persuaded themselves they accomplished something extraordinary by being born on this side of the border.

A lot of decent, hard-working people who somehow manage to live here on next to nothing are suffering terribly and needlessly because of Dobbs and his bone-headed, mean-spirited cohorts...and the cowardly politicians who lack the courage to enact the sort immigration reforms a true bastion of freedom ought to have.

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