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GAO Report: Immigration-Related Prosecutions Increased from 2017 to 2018 in Response to U.S. Attorney General's Direction

December 04, 2019 (1 min read)

GAO, Dec. 3, 2019

"In 2017 and 2018, the Attorney General directed federal prosecutors to prioritize prosecutions of immigration-related offenses such as improper entry, illegal reentry after a prior removal, and alien smuggling.

We reviewed actions the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the federal judiciary took in response.

DOJ offices along the southwest border all increased immigration-related prosecutions

Misdemeanor improper entry cases more than doubled to about 62,000 in fiscal year 2018 over the prior year, with most cases completed in 1-day proceedings

Agencies realigned resources to support increased immigration-related prosecutions

Improper Entry, Illegal Reentry, and Alien Smuggling Cases Filed by U.S. Attorney’s Offices in U.S. Southwest Border Districts, by Lead Charge, Fiscal Years 2014 through 2018