Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has reported that from October 2010 through March 2011, federal prosecutors filed 18,552 illegal re-entry cases nationally. This officially has resulted in illegal re-entry being the number one most prosecuted crime by the Obama administration. In fact, nearly 50% of all federal criminal prosecutions under the Obama adminsitration are for illegal re-entry.
The following excerpt was taken from the TRAC website, and summarizes the data analyzed:
Illegal reentry under Title 8, Section 1326 of the United States Code was the most commonly recorded lead charge brought by federal prosecutors during the first half of FY 2011. It alone accounted for nearly half (47 percent) of all criminal immigration prosecutions filed. It accounted for just under a quarter (23 percent) of overall criminal prosecutions, surpassing illegal entry (Title 8, Section 1325) as the most frequently cited federal lead charge.
The latest available data from the Justice Department show the government reported 18,552 new prosecutions for illegal reentry during the first six months of this fiscal year. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 37,104 for this fiscal year. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this estimate is up 3.5 percent over FY 2010, when the number of prosecutions totaled 35,836.
A substantial percentage of the aliens being deported by this President are criminals merely for the act of attempting to be reunified with their family. After these people are convicted for illegal re-entry they are turned over to ICE for deportation as "criminal aliens." Many others are labeled "criminal aliens" for having committed minor traffic violations for the offense of driving while brown.
Obama has spun his swollen deportation numbers by saying that he is targeting "the most serious criminals" for deportation. Plain and simply, this President is lying to us.
Criminal Prosecutions for Illegal Reentry (8 USC 1326)
Chart courtesy of TRAC Immigration.
Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).