Tunnels, boats used to defeat stronger border security – Homeland Security Newswire

As violence along the United States-Mexico border continues to escalate, the U.S. government is beefing up border security. On Monday, DHS secretary Janet Napolitano touted the success of those efforts.

In fiscal years 2009 and 2010, criminal arrests along the border — three-quarters of which were for drug or human smuggling — were up 12 percent compared to the two previous years. Meanwhile, apprehensions for illegal border crossings are falling, suggesting fewer people are attempting to enter the U.S. illegally (“Illegal immigration into U.S. continues to decline,” 20 October 2010 HSNW).