Although full statistics aren’t available yet, Alan Bersin, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection revealed that arrests by Border Patrol in the Tuscon Sector in 2010 were down significantly over the previous year, in some areas by as much as 43 percent.

The total number of arrests was the lowest number along the Arizona border since 1993. Yearly arrests had hit an all time high in 2000, with 80 percent more arrests than 2010.

The lower number is attributed to an increased presence of National Guard troops along the border, improved technical and physical barriers on the border and the slow American economy. The Mexican economy also grew 5 percent last year.

Experts commented that the results were not likely to stem the debate over border security.

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