02/09/2013 07:53 pm ET

Arizona's Illegal Border Crossing At A 20-Year Low

The U.S.-Mexico border that runs along Arizona saw the lowest number of illegal crossings in 20 years, federal officials say.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that arrests of people trying to cross into the United States illegally had fallen by roughly 43 percent – to 124,631 – in the past two years, and more than 82 percent since the highest mark in 2000.

The Border Patrol said enhanced security has made the Arizona border more difficult and dangerous to cross. CBP's aviation resources in Arizona flew more than 16,000 hours and assisted in more than 26,000 apprehensions.

The announcement, made Thursday, comes amid a heated debate on immigration reform, and as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer continues her fight to implement as much as possible of the state’s notorious immigration law, SB 1070.

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