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Report says non-immigration prosecutions in federal courts falling

A new report from a government watchdog organization alleges that while federal prosecutors have increased their case filings against illegal border crossers, the number of non-immigration cases filed has dropped. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A new report from a government watchdog organization alleges that while federal prosecutors have increased their case filings against illegal border crossers, the number of non-immigration cases filed has dropped. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A new report from a government watchdog organization alleges that while federal prosecutors have increased their case filings against illegal border crossers, the number of non-immigration cases filed has dropped. The time frame at issue coincides with the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy against illegal border crossers, and it seems to support the findings of a CBS 5 Investigation in June.

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According to the report, compiled by Syracuse University's TRAC organization, in March of this year, just 14 percent of federal prosecutions in the Southwest were for non-immigration related crimes. The report states that by June, that number had dropped to six percent.

[SPECIAL SECTION: CBS 5 Investigates]

An official within the Justice Department told CBS 5 Investigates that officials there are unsure how TRAC came up with its conclusions. The official stated that the data show that declines in non-immigration related cases happen around the same time every year, not just this year.

You can find the previous CBS 5 investigation into federal prosecution levels here.

[READ MORE: Federal focus on immigration may be good news for other criminals]

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan Loew
CBS 5 Investigates

Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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