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United States Attorney's Office Releases 2023 Fourth Quarter Immigration Enforcement Statistics

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Today, the United States Attorney’s Office announced its immigration enforcement statistics for October 1, 2023, to December 31, 2023. These cases are prosecuted in partnership with the Tucson and Yuma Sectors of the Customs and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol, along with Homeland Security Investigations, and assistance from other federal, state, and county agencies. In the three-month period ending December 31, 2023, the United States brought criminal charges in Arizona against 1,662 individuals who illegally entered or re-entered the United States. In its ongoing effort to deter unlawful immigration, the United States also filed 190 cases against individuals responsible for smuggling undocumented noncitizens to and within the District of Arizona. In this time period, the United States also prosecuted 77 reactive drug cases arising out of immigration ports of entry and checkpoints. 

Reducing migrant smuggling and mitigating the risk to communities impacted by these offenses continues to be a priority for the Office and its law enforcement partners. Some of these prosecutions are directed against leaders and coordinators of alien smuggling organizations. Other prosecutions are aimed at deterring young adult drivers, often recruited over social media platforms, from engaging in this dangerous activity. Prosecutions against young drivers include cases brought against seven juvenile smugglers during this time period.

Protecting law enforcement officers is a key part of border vigilance.  During this time period federal prosecutors brought charges against four defendants accused of assaulting federal officers.

These statistics represent United States Attorney’s Office prosecutions only. The numbers do not include individuals apprehended by immigration enforcement officials and subjected solely to administrative process.

RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-112_2023 Fourth Quarter Immigration Enforcement Statistics

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: 602.514.7413


Updated February 1, 2024

Press Release Number: 2024-112_2023 Fourth Quarter Immigration Statistics