A new report from the federal government shows a significant decline
A new report finds illegal immigrant activity in the valley has significantly declined in recent years.
Federal immigration officials say they found less than 500 illegal immigrants in 37 drophouses over the past fiscal year, compared to over 3,200 illegal immigrants in 186 drophouses in 2008.
ICE officials say the numbers show human smuggling is waning in Arizona, in part due to an overall decrease in illegal immigration attributed to the poor U.S. economy.
Officials do believe some of the human smuggling rings may have moved toward the Rio Grande Valley at the southern tip of Texas.