Friday, August 30, 2013

The Effects of Increased Illegal Reentry Prosecutions

Here is a link to a moving report by Human Rights Watch on the upsurge in prosecutions for illegal reentry under 8 USC 1326 and the unnecessary toll this is taking on hard working families.

Many of those who enter or reenter the U.S. unlawfully do so for reasons completely unrelated to conventional notions of criminal activity, such as the desire to reunite with family or because they are fleeing violence and persecution abroad. U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, who estimated he has sentenced over 11,000 people for illegal reentry, stated, “For 10 years now, I’ve been presiding over a process that destroys families every day and several times each day.”


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