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Watch Immigrant Prosecutions Spike to Their Highest Level Under Trump

Mapping of the southern border shows a jump in immigration enforcement around the time the attorney general announced a zero tolerance policy.
An animated map shows the criminal prosecutions of undocumented immigrants between January and April 2018.
An animated map shows the criminal prosecutions of undocumented immigrants between January and April 2018.Esri/TRAC

In early April, Jeff Sessions instituted a “zero tolerance” policy mandating that U.S. district attorneys located at the Southwest border prosecute every person who entered the country without proper authorization—to the maximum extent of the law.

According to data gathered by TRAC, the policy is likely having an immediate and discernible impact: Immigrants are being prosecuted more than ever before under the Trump administration. April saw 8,298 immigrants being prosecuted for a federal crime, a 30 percent increase since March.