Fewer Illegal Immigrant Arrests Along US-Mexico Border

By Scott Sarvay

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 12:20 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Federal officials say there has been a double-digit drop in the number of arrests along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says a 17-percent drop in arrests along the U.S. border with Mexico. Shows heightened enforcement is working.

There are more than 1,200 Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops stationed throughout the area.

However, she also says the weakened American economy is attracting fewer immigrants looking for work.

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