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Southwest Border Courts Continue to Lead in Immigration Cases

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Defendants charged with immigration offenses constitute 27 percent of all federal criminal defendant filings nationwide, a total of 25,328 filings in fiscal year 2012. Just five southwestern border district courts—the District of Arizona, the Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the Southern District of California, and District of New Mexico—account for 74 percent of all immigration defendant filings.

 

*Excludes transfers.

Statistical information on criminal defendants commenced, by offense and district, are available in Judicial Business of the United States Courts, Table D-3.

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