A new report from Syracuse University appears to contradict the claims that the Obama administration is lax on immigration enforcement. In fact, it has noted an upward trend in the number of criminal prosecutions filed during the last few months.
The study conducted by the university’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that there were 2,147 new prosecutions referred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in May – a 19 percent increase from April – and the May total was 30 percent higher than that recorded in May 2008.
However, although 55 percent of the prosecutions were filed for immigration offenses, and 33 percent resulted from drug offences, the report found no cases were brought against employers under the statute that makes it illegal to hire an undocumented alien.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, Southern districts led the way with the highest number of prosecutions, with Arizona recording 314 new cases, the Western District of Texas 303 and the Southern District of California 293.
New Mexico, Central California and Miami, Florida, were also in the top 10 districts in May.
ICE is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.