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Non-Citizens, 7% Of Population, Accounted For 15% Of Prosecutions

Arrests of non-citizens has more than tripled in the U.S. over the past decade and now account for 64 percent of all federal arrests

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Arrests of non-citizens has more than tripled in the U.S. over the past decade and now account for 64 percent of all federal arrests, the Justice Department revealed in a report on Thursday.

“Non-U.S. citizens, who make up 7% of the U.S. population (per the U.S. Census Bureau for 2017), accounted for 15% of all federal arrests and 15% of prosecutions in U.S. district court for non-immigration crimes in 2018,” the report added.

As NBC News notes, “The shift in the pattern of immigration at the southern border was reflected in the arrest figures. Central Americans accounted for less than four percent of all immigration arrests in 1998, and by 2018 that figure rose to 34 percent. Most of those arrested in the federal system for immigration violations during the 10-year period were from Mexico — 83 percent in 1998 and 60 percent in 2018.”

The statistical findings in this report came from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP). The FJSP received its data from: the U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and Federal Bureau of Prisons.