More Immigration Woes: Deportation Could Hurt National Security

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Immigration reform is a complex topic to broach, and one that will affect a wide population, including American citizens, business owners, and aspiring Americans. Republicans and Democrats alike have been facing a great deal of pressure to enact reform this year, but division in Congress is leading many to doubt its likelihood before midterm elections. Pew Research released a new study Tuesday that outlined the changing enforcement statistics for illegal immigrants. According to the study, federal convictions for illegal reentry into the United States have been increasing steadily.

Between 1992 and 2012, the number of reentry convictions increased by a factor of twenty-eight, going from 690 cases to 19,463 cases — “alone account[ing] for nearly half (48%) of the growth in the total number of offenders sentenced in federal courts over the period.” The second quickest growth in convictions was for drug offenses, which accounted for 22 percent of the increase, reports Pew.

The charge of illegal reentry means that an individual has been caught attempting to come back into the United States after having been deported before, and many of the cases falling under that label are a result of capture at the border by Border Patrol, according to a report from Marc R. Rosenblum, a specialist in immigration policy.

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