Prosecutions Of Migrants Crossing The Border Have Skyrocketed

Published: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 1:52pm
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Prosecutions of migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border have skyrocketed under the Trump administration.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that misdemeanor improper entry cases more than doubled from 2017 to 2018 — to about 62,000.

That has immediate consequences for all of those migrants’ hopes of coming to the United States.

Immigration and citizenship expert Angela Banks says this can be traced back to policy changes in the beginning of 2017. Banks is a professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

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