Federal prosecutors in San Diego are in a quandary. Drug seizures at the border are up this year, yet it seems like drug prosecutions are actually down in 2018. Why is that?
Earlier this year the Justice Department decided to bring criminal charges and prosecute all illegal border crossings, reversing policies that allowed for immigration officers to catch and then deport illegal immigrants whose only crime was crossing the border.
Critics say that change has led to the U-S Attorney’s Office spending a lot more time prosecuting illegal immigration and a lot less time investigating and prosecuting cross-border drug crimes.
But are those allegations true?
“The Voice of San Diego investigated the claims and here’s what they found.