aves of immigration characterize our nation from its very beginning,
Michael Light, assistant professor of sociology, recently co-authored a report
for the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project about the rise in federal
immigration crimes. Based on data from the United States Sentencing Commission,
Light documents how the number of offenders sentenced in federal courts more
than doubled from 1992 to 2012, and that this growth was driven primarily by
enforcement of a specific immigration offense—unlawful reentry.