Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Border arrests down from last year

It appears the number of border arrests is down dramatically from this time last year (34%). This change has border enforcement advocates arguing that the use of the National Guard troops along the border (which have been in place since June 15 of this year) and additional enforcement is deterring immigrants from trying to cross.


More likely, however, is the shift in the U.S. economy, which is now providing fewer jobs for immigrants than this time last year (see article below). If jobs are scarce, there is little reason to pay thousands of dollars to make the perilous journey north, which also would account for the decrease of border arrests.

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