With the economy still down, sneaking across the California border just isn't as tempting as it once was for illegal immigrants.
The number of apprehensions by the California Border Patrol fell from about 101,000 in 2010 to 73,000 during 2011, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The number of immigrants apprehended at the California border has fallen 65 percent since the start of the recession and nearly 90 percent since 1992. Apprehensions have also plummeted nationwide.
The trend is likely not due to declining enforcement. The United States has sharply increased the number of Border Patrol agents in recent years.
The Pew Hispanic Center recently published a report contending that, in these hard times, as many people are leaving the U.S. for Mexico as are coming here.
This chart shows the number of apprehensions at the California border since 1992.