The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it had prosecuted a record number of immigration-related cases in FY 2019, according to a press release.
In 2019, the DOJ charged 25,426 defendants with felony reentry, 80,866 defendants with improper entry, 4,297 defendants with alien smuggling, according to the press release.
“These record-breaking numbers are a testament to the dedication of our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the nation, especially our Southwest border offices,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “In addition to the usual workload of each case the Department prosecutes, this effort was made possible after our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices restored essential partnerships with national, state and local law-enforcement partners.”
Last week, the Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review announced the Department had completed 275,000 cases in 2019.