The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has undertaken an unusual campaign of sorts: warning migrants of the dangers of crossing the U.S. border illegally.
As The Times reported Monday, agents have reached out to Mexican and Central American media to detail the dangers that face those who attempt to enter illegally, especially along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Just how much of an impact the outreach campaign is having, however, is unclear.
The number of people attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally has dropped dramatically in recent years. In fiscal 2011, border officials apprehended 340,252 migrants, down from 1.26 million in 2001, according to federal statistics. Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are considered a rough indicator of the number of immigrants illegally entering the United States.