Photo: Border Arrests
US Customs and Border Protection recently released data showing the number of those arrested trying to cross the US-Mexico border is down sharply. There were 447,731 undocumented immigrants arrested in fiscal year 2010. That is a 58 percent decrease from fiscal year 2006.
It is believed that the global economic downturn played a large role in decreasing available jobs. Another component is that violence in Mexico is deterring many who would have to travel thru Mexico to get the US border.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 11.2 million “unauthorized” immigrants live in the United States, equal to 3.7% of the nation’s population.
The figure follows a two-year decline from the peak of 12 million reached in 2007.