Immigration violations, mostly by illegal immigrants, has jumped over drugs to become the top federal crime.
Federal sentencing for immigration violations surged 22.9% last year, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s annual report shared with Secrets.
The result was that over 38% of all cases were immigration-related.
“Immigration offenses increased by more than 5,000 cases from the previous year and accounted for the largest single group of federal crime — a position held by drug offenses in FY17,” said the commission.