DOJ announces most prosecutions of immigration-related offenses on record

The Trump Administration’s immigration policies seem to be working.

After a trend of declining immigration-related offenses that have been prosecuted, there's been a spike in prosecution of immigration related offenses, highest on record, according to the Justice Department.

More than 25,000 people have been prosecuted with felony illegal re-entry in fiscal year 2019. The largest spike was in the more than 80,000 prosecutions for misdemeanor improper entry.

Clint McDonald, executive director of the Southwestern Border Sheriff's Coalition, said the places where they've put up a wall and barriers has helped.

"The way that they're using the border wall or barrier right now, is a great attribution to the border patrol themselves who know where they need to move traffic in an area and it helps them as a checkpoint on the highway, it moves traffic where they can handle it easier," said McDonald.

He said it's been known for years, there needs to be a complete overhaul of the situation on the southwestern border.

"There's always room for improvement and we wish that somehow both sides of the aisle could come together and work on those improvements," said McDonald.

He said the border wall is just one tool in the tool box to help fight illegals coming to the US and committing crimes.

However, the border wall was never intended to be from San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas.

The Coalition has been defunded by the government, yet, the group is still working—even on a shoe string budget—to keep the 31 counties of sheriffs informed and together.

"We work with what we have and we're thankful for anyone that's going to help the situation on our southwestern border," said McDonald.

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