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Arrests Along Border Fewest In 40 Years


Aired 9/7/11

Arrests of immigrants trying to cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. are at the lowest level in 40 years.

A view of Smugglers' Gulch, on the Mexican side of the San Diego-Tijuana bord...
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Above: A view of Smugglers' Gulch, on the Mexican side of the San Diego-Tijuana border wall. In the Eighties and Nineties, the area was a major crossing point for undocumented immigrants.

— One month before the end of fiscal year 2010-2011, the Border Patrol reports that 447,000 migrants crossing illegally were arrested along the Southwest border. That number showed a serious decline from the average of more than a million arrests in the mid-1980s and '90s.

Speaking on C-SPAN last month, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin credited the beefed up security along the border for the decrease in arrests.

"Apprehensions are the most coherent statement of what has happened on the border from 1993 to 2011," said Bersin. "The change is obvious in the equipment, personnel, infrastructure and technology that's available."

Observers of immigration patterns between the two countries argue the recession in the U.S. is also largely responsible for the decline in arrests.

According to border officials, the Tucson area still sees the highest annual number of arrests of illegal border crossers -- about 212,000 this year.

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Missionaccomplished | September 7, 2011 at 1:58 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh, Bersin, and that fact that there is less of an economic pull than in years past doesn't count for anythning? Talk about spin! Yet Rick Roberts keeps yelping that we are being "inundated." LOL LOL LOL

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randolphslinky | September 7, 2011 at 8:35 p.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

This really saddens me, just think of all the children of illegal aliens that won't be getting your tax dollars now for medical care and a college education. I hope Governor Brown can do something about this quick. If this keeps up, I'm moving to Arizona where the border is much more porous.

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