Border Arrests Down 23% in 2009
Arrests of border crossing immigrants dropped from 2008 to 2009. Detention of migrants crossing from Mexico into the United States in 2009 dropped to 556,000, which is the lowest since the 1970s.
Arrests of border crossing immigrants peaked in 2000 when 1.6 million arrests were made. The sharp decrease is likely due to high unemployment and tighter enforcement along the Mexico border.
The Obama administration points to the decreasing flow of immigrants as evidence that homeland security has improved under Obama.
Republicans are skeptical, because many miles of the border are still thinly patrolled and lack fencing. Republicans still call for stronger worker verification measures to block illegal employment.
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