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Justice Department admits almost 50% of prosecutions near Mexican border

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In a disturbing report from a Washington, D.C., watchdog group on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice statistics for criminal prosecutions for federal offenses prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys throughout the nation in 2013 reveal that close to 50 percent of the federal prosecutions occurred in just a few districts near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The DOJ statistics analyzed by the nonpartisan Judicial Watch, a group that investigates government corruption and deceit, confirms what many law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners have claimed for years: the Mexican-border region is a magnet for violence and crime that’s costs U.S. taxpayers enormous amounts money as well as the safety and security of themselves and their loved ones.

According to Judicial Watch's report, the United States is broken up into 94 federal court districts with just five districts near the southern border. Yet those five districts a disproportionate number of criminal cases, by the Justice Department’s own admission.

Those five federal districts adjacent to the border also statistically have the largest number of offenders convicted of federal crimes, including gang-related conspiracies and violence, narcotics trafficking and human smuggling.

Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors in 2013, 24,746 were filed in federal courts near the Mexican border. This includes districts in located in New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California and Texas, which has two districts. The two districts in Texas each had more than twice as many convictions as the four federal court districts in New York State combined. New York City alone has two districts in locations where five La Cosa Nostra Families operate and yet prosecutions in border districts were more frequent.

According to Judicial Watch's Corruption Chronicles, "[T]he Western Texas District had the nation’s heaviest crime flow, with 6,341 cases filed by the feds. In Southern Texas 6,130 cases were filed, 4,848 in Southern California, 3,889 in New Mexico and 3,538 in Arizona."

Judicial Watch's analysis of the 109-page "U.S. Attorneys' Annual Statistical Report" reveals that:

"38.6% of all federal cases (23,744) filed last year involved immigration, the DOJ report confirms. Nearly 22% (13,383) were drug related, 19.7% (12,123) were violent crimes and 10.2% (6,300) involved white-collar offenses that include a full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals."

According to Judicial Watch officials, President Barack Obama has ignored the reports coming from his own Justice Department and Attorney General. President Obama's Homeland Security Secretary during his first term, Janet Napolitano, would frequently visit border states and tell Americans -- through the Obama-news media echo chamber -- that the U.S.-Mexico border region “is as secure as it has ever been.”

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