Border arrests at lowest number since 1975

Arrests of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border is at the lowest levels since the 1970s, according to the US Border Patrol.  Between October 2008 thorough February 2009, 195,399 illegal immigrants were arrested at the border, a 24 percent decrease from the year before.  For the fiscal year, 550,000 people are estimated to be arrested, the lowest figure since 1975, when 596,796 people were arrested.

The steep drop are due to increased patrols and surveillance by the Border Patrol, and the lack of economic jobs available in the United States.


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  1. Source: Richard Marosi, “Border arrests drop to 1970s levels,” Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2009.

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