TRAC Reports has issued the following regarding the breakdown of federal criminal convictions for April 2012.
Here is what they found:
The largest number of convictions of these matters in April 2012 was for "Immigration", accounting for 62.4 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Drugs-Drug Trafficking" (10.2%), "Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force" ( 4.2%), "Weapons-Operation Triggerlock Major" (3.9%), "Withheld by Govt from TRAC" (3.4%), "Other Criminal Prosecutions" (2.1%). See Figure 2.
The lead investigative agency for convictions in April 2012 was DHS accounting for 69 percent of convictions. Other agencies with substantial numbers of convictions were: FBI (7% ), DEA (7%), ATF (4%), Interior (2%).
TRAC also determined that in April 2012, the two most heavily prosecuted charges are for alleged violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1325, "Entry of alien at improper time or place; etc." (66.8%), and 8 U.S.C. § 1326, "Reentry of deported alien" (22.8%).
At least for me it is comforting to know that the administration has prioritized the criminal prosecution of immigrants over stopping drugs and weapons crimes. Sarcasm.
In other deportation news, the Obama administration's first move on deferred action unsurprisingly was to postpone the stakeholders meeting. They issued the following announcement:
We regret to inform you that we must postpone the engagement on prosecutorial discretion with respect to certain individuals who came to the United States as children scheduled for July 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm Eastern.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and will notify you when we have identified a new date for the engagement...
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Also, it has come to my attention that "immigration" is an issue that is conspicuously absent from Obama's campaign website.
Maybe he is hoping that his 400,000 deportations per year mandate will also disappear from the minds of the immigration reform electorate.
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).