America's Quiet Border

It seems America has finally found the solution to stopping illegal immigration: a crippling recession. According to new census data from the Mexican government, emigration from Mexico dropped by 226,000 people between 2007 and 2008, reversing a longtime trend in the opposite direction. The numbers corroborate similar findings by researchers on both sides of the border, such as a recent decline in the number of border arrests. Demographers attribute the plunge in border crossings to the weak American economy, which is making jobs for migrant laborers increasingly rare.