Border Patrol apprehensions in Arizona lowest in 19 years
By Bob Ortega
The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri Feb 8, 2013 12:09 AM
Border Patrol agents in Arizona arrested the fewest undocumented immigrants in 19 years last fiscal year, according to the agency, even as the number of agents patrolling the state rose to a record high.
The 124,631 undocumented migrants apprehended represent a 43 percent drop from two years earlier and an 82 percent drop from the peak in 2000. For the fiscal year ending last September, more than one-third of all undocumented immigrants arrested by the Border Patrol were apprehended in Arizona, the agency reported.
The Border Patrol says enhanced security has made the border more difficult and dangerous to cross.
But “the economy and the employment market” were at least equally significant in the decrease, said Paul Lewis, an associate professor of political science at Arizona State University who has studied immigration issues.