Leading Economic Indicators

A combination of increased border security and much lowered economic incentives has led to a serious decrease in arrests across the Mexico-US border:

In the sleepy Sonoran town of San Luis Rio Colorado, the migrants that once streamed through have all but disappeared. Piles of donated clothing spill from a closet at the town’s migrant shelter, and shoeshine boys now outnumber slumbering immigrants at Benito Juarez Plaza.

Just across the border in Yuma County, Ariz., there are days when U.S. Border Patrol agents don’t arrest anyone, an almost unthinkable prospect three years ago when the area was the busiest illegal crossing point into the country, with thousands of immigrants flooding across on some days.