WATCH | New stats from the Department of Justice highlights federal arrests. One key finding zoned in on illegal immigration. Circa's Kay Angrum takes a look at some of the data.
A new Justice Department report shows that immigration offenses account for half of all federal arrests.
Thursday’s report, posted to the Bureau of Justice Statistics website, showed that in half of all federal arrests in 2014 were related to immigration, with 61 percent of them occurring in five districts along US-Mexico border.
In addition, 17 percent of offenders released in 2012 went back to federal prison within three years and that only 3 percent of defendants received a bench or jury trial that year.
Using data from U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the report looked at annual activity, workloads, and outcomes of the federal criminal justice system from arrest to imprisonment.
"Immigration-related offenses along the United States border with Mexico account for an enormous portion of the federal government's law enforcement resources and that we must enforce our immigration laws in a way that consistently deters future violations," said DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order in January requiring the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to issue frequent reports detailing the impact of illegal immigration while calling out the law enforcement agencies refusing to cooperate with ICE.