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More undocumented immigrants being sent to federal prison

The United States has started to prosecute undocumented immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border. The increased attention to criminally charge undocumented immigrants has led to an increase in non-violent immigrant offenders in U.S. prisons. 

The federal prison population has seen a large increase in immigration offenders, with over 60,000 people being convicted of immigration crimes this year alone. Reports show that immigrants make up 11 percent of the federal prison population, and over 60 percent of criminal convictions this year have been for immigration offenses. 

The increase in undocumented immigrants being charged with criminal offenses has left many to wonder what they are being charged with. Undocumented immigrants are mainly being charged with entering the country without authorization or re-entering the country without authorization. Offenders charged with these offenses are different from undocumented immigrants in the civil detention system waiting to be deported.

More undocumented immigrants are facing criminal charges of illegal entry or re-entry due to prosecutors focusing on charging violators instead of simply deporting them. The difference between being detained and put in the civil detention system and being charged will illegal entry is huge.

Undocumented immigrants charged with illegal entry or re-entry can face six months to 10 years in prison if they are convicted. The length of their sentence depends on whether the offender has any previous criminal history in the U.S.

Federal prosecutors are expected to continue prosecuting undocumented immigrants with criminal offenses. Arrests and convictions can result in serious consequences for immigrants. Immigrants who are facing criminal charges should contact an immigration attorney who specializes in criminal defense. 

Source: Huffington Post, "War On Undocumented Immigrants Threatens To Swell U.S. Prison Population," Chris Kirkham, Aug. 23, 2013

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