U.S. crime stats show immigration-related cases accounted for one-third of all federal sentencing in fiscal year 2018.
According to the United States Sentencing Commission's 2018 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics, the courts saw nearly 24,000 immigration cases last fiscal year -- more than 90-percent involved Hispanic men.
“This has become a huge part of the federal judiciary system and it's adding to the burdens that are threatening to paralyze our federal judiciary,” says Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
“Between that and the 850,000 backlogged asylum cases in our federal courts, we are approaching the point where the judiciary is not going to be able to function effectively and deliver justice to people who really require it.”
The numbers were even greater in the Southern District of Texas, where nearly 70-percent of 6,100 total cases were related to immigration. Drug trafficking was second at only 17-percent.
“It is again, a function of the fact that Congress has refused to what is necessary to discourage people from violating our immigration laws in the first place,” says Mehlman.