The prosecution of federal immigration cases has continued to surge in the Obama administration, says the Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. If the monthly prosecution of these cases continues at the same pace for the rest of the federal fiscal year, the fiscal 2009 total will be more than 90,000 prosecutions, 14.1 percent above FY 2008.
Sharp increases were recorded in the federal judicial districts of Arizona (40 perecent), Texas South (Houston – up 22 percent) and New Mexico (Albuquerque – up 10 percent). Declines were found in California South (San Diego – down 14 percent and Texas West (San Antonio – down 4.3 percent). Among districts reporting a relatively small number of immigration prosecutions, New York South (Manhattan) had the greatest year-to-year projected increase – 190 percent.