10/02/2008 - The latest arrest figures from the Border Patrol and a report released on Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center indicate that fewer people are trying to enter the United States illegally and that the number living here without documents has declined.
A Border Patrol spokesman, Jason Cilberti, said there were significant decreases in the numbers of arrests along the nation’s southwest border, with apprehensions falling by 78 percent around Yuma, Ariz., and more than 60 percent around El Paso. The Pew center report, which is based on census data, shows that for the first time in nearly a decade, the number of migrants entering the country illegally was lower than the number arriving through legal channels.
Experts said the loss of low-wage jobs in the American economy, combined with intensified enforcement at the border and at worksites across the country, had caused immigrants to think twice before risking the increasingly dangerous journey to cross the southwest border illegally, bringing a significant reversal to a decade of rapid growth in immigration flows. As a result of those trends, central banks from Mexico to Brazil projected the biggest declines in remittances from the United States in more than 10 years.
Read the full article Fewer Reported Entering U.S. Illegally on the New York Times' Web site.