Arrests of Undocumented Migrants in Southern US at Lowest Since 1970s

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that detentions of undocumented migrants trying to cross the southern U.S. border in 2014 fell to the lowest level since the 1970s.

"These numbers are no doubt partially due to economic conditions and trends in the U.S., Mexico and Central America, but also due to the very large investment this nation has made in border security over the last 15 years," Johnson said at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think-tank, where he gave his evaluation of his department's activities in 2014 and elucidated its goals for 2015.

Johnson emphasized that detentions of undocumented migrants on the southern border have fallen off drastically from their highest point, in Fiscal Year 2000, when 1.6 million immigrants were arrested, a figure far in excess of the 480,000 detentions made during Fiscal Year 2014.

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