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by Peter Moskos

January 12, 2009

The harms of immigration enforcement

There's a very interesting article in the New York Times today about how federal prosecution of immigration crimes is taking away from other prosecutions... like gun trafficking, organized crime, drug dealing, and white collar crime. That's not good law enforcement.
A senior federal prosecutor who has worked on a wide variety of cases along the border said that the focus on relatively simple immigration prosecutions was eroding morale at United States attorney offices.

“A lot of the guys I work with did nothing but the most complex cases — taking down multigenerational crime families, international crime, drug trafficking syndicates — you know, big fish,” said the prosecutor, who did not want to be identified as criticizing the department he works for. “Now these folks are dealing with these improper entry and illegal reentry cases.” He added, “It’s demoralizing for them, and us.
Read the whole store here. Click on the picture to the left to zoom.

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