Border Arrests Plummet

Could the recession push the hot-button issue of illegal immigration out of the spotlight in America? The Los Angeles Times reports border arrests are down a whopping 24 percent in the last five months compared to the same period last year. One spokesman for the US Border Patrol said officers were "in shock" after a 126-mile section of the border saw no arrests at all for two days straight in December. Experts attribute the decline to a combination of increased border security measures and the weakened economy, which makes crossings less worth the trouble given fewer and less desirable jobs on the American side.