THE DHS BURDEN
Half of all federal arrests made in 2014 were related to immigration, says a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Six out of 10 of those arrests were made by the Department of Homeland Security, with Department of Justice essentially picking up the rest.
“Just one agency within DHS — Customs and Border Protection — made more arrests in 2014 (64,954) than all of the agencies within DOJ combined (58,265),” the analysis noted. Other federal agencies, such as Treasury Department and the U.S. Postal Service, accounted for 1 percent of the arrests.
In addition, 61 percent of all federal arrests occurred in just five federal judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border, the analysis noted. See more numbers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.