Border Enforcement Surge Yields Increased Consequences

Last week,, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona announced its ongoing cooperative efforts with the United States Border Patrol to enhance consequences for unlawful border crossers in the Tucson Sector. Last week, the agencies surged their efforts along the Southern Arizona border. As a result, the United States Attorney’s Office filed charges against and delivered consequences in the United States District Court, Tucson Division, to 133 unlawful entrants into the United States, up from 91 prosecutions the week before.

“Prosecution – and the deterrence it provides – is a key tool in securing the border,” said United States Attorney Gary Restaino. “We appreciate our partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, including its commitment in detailing three DHS lawyers to the United States Attorney’s Office as Special Assistant United States Attorneys to help staff the surge. While prosecution alone won’t comprehensively solve border issues, a surge in resources amplifies the diligence and hard work of our Border Patrol colleagues who are out there protecting our Nation.”

“Over the last few weeks, Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector have increased prosecution efforts by charging 133 individuals for illegal entry into the U.S. – a 240% increase from prior weeks. These prosecutions provide consequences for illegal entry and re-entry after removal along the border in Southern Arizona,” said John Modlin, Chief Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector. “Our strong working relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is outstanding; they are fully engaged with our efforts to prosecute cross-border crime in Southern Arizona.”

These statistics represent prosecutions by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, and the numbers do not include individuals apprehended by immigration enforcement officials who were subjected solely to administrative proceedings.