Immigration Prosecutions set Record

Bulletin from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University.

In January 2008, there were 4,739 federal prosecutions classified as immigration matters, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. This is up over 20% from the previous month, and represents the largest monthly number of such prosecutions in the past seven years.

There has been substantial growth in the number of cases handled by U.S. Magistrate Courts, and some portion of this increase may reflect improvements in the recording of these magistrate cases by the Justice Department.

The Southern District of Texas (Houston) — with 354 prosecutions — was the most active during January 2008. The Southern District of Texas (Houston) was ranked 1 a year ago, while it was ranked 1 five years ago.

Judge Randy Crane in the Southern District of Texas (Houston) ranked 1st with 77 defendants in immigration cases. Judge Crane also appeared in the top ten rankings one year ago (ranked 7).

Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa in the Southern District of Texas (Houston) ranked 2nd with 75 defendants in immigration cases. Judge Hinojosa also appeared in the top ten rankings one year ago (ranked 10).

For reports on the latest enforcement trends, go to:

http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/bulletins/

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