Los Angeles Times, 3/8/2009
With the economy in tatters and security beefed up at the U.S.-Mexico border, fewer people are willing to cross illegally. Arrests in the last five months are down 24% from the same period last year.
“A lot of people who would have come here illegally and stayed illegally are not bothering to come to the U.S.,” said Demetrios Papademetriou, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank. “The information that they are getting basically says there are no opportunities here.”