Immigration from Mexico plummeted well before Arizona law (interactive map)

The Supreme Court upheld the most controversial portion of Arizona's immigration law Monday, clearing the way for police officers in the state to ask about a person's immigration status during routine stops. Whether this tactic will deter future border crossings will be difficult to measure, however, because illegal immigration from Mexico has plummeted in recent years. There are many factors that have probably contributed to this decline, chief among them the fact that there are more border patrol agents on the ground and fewer jobs for those who do make it to America.

To visualize how dramatically illegal immigration has abated, Yahoo News teamed up with Michael Gastner, a junior research fellow at Imperial College London who specializes in creating maps that manipulate the shape of states to represent data. (One of his popular "cartograms," for example, uses physics equations to reshape the United States according to population density.)

In the interactive infographic below, we treat the border with Mexico like a rubber barrier that bends according to the pressure of immigration, as represented by the number of apprehensions in that region of the border. When the border bends way into U.S. territory, it represents a large number of people caught trying to cross illegally in that area that year. If it contracts back to its normal shape, it is because immigration is down for that year.

We've provided some data on the Border Patrol force and the economy for reference. Just click the bars on the chart to see the border bend for that year.

Loading...
  • Business Highlights

    ___ School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways: Preschool ...

  • Wall St. down more than 1 percent; small caps extend fall

    By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were down more than 1 percent in late afternoon trading on Wednesday as the first diagnosis of Ebola in a patient in the United States spooked investors and pressured shares of airlines and other transportation names. Small-cap stocks were down sharply for a second session, with the Russell 2000 on track to close 10 percent below its recent closing high, a level that would put the index in correction territory. The index was down 1.3 percent on the day. The NYSE ARCA Airline index was down 2.6 percent, with Southwest Airlines down 3. ...

  • U.S. experts hunt for Ebola exposure after first case
    U.S. experts hunt for Ebola exposure after first case

    By Lisa Maria Garza and Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Health experts were observing 12 to 18 people who were in contact with the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States and who was in serious condition in a Texas hospital, officials said on Wednesday. The confirmation that a man who flew to Texas from Liberia later fell ill with the hemorrhagic fever put U.S. health officials and the public on alert to take steps to contain the virus, which has killed at least 3,300 people in three impoverished West African countries. ...

  • GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV
    GLAAD study: Gay depictions increase on TV

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has increased its depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters, with the edge going to cable and the Internet over broadcast networks, according to a study released Wednesday by the advocacy group GLAAD.

  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border
    Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

    By Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ...

  • California becomes first state to ban plastic bags
    California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

  • Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story
    Reporter Finds Missing 10-Year-Old Boy While Covering Story

    Reporters sometimes face a dilemma: Witnessing events in their communities, they are tasked to report what they see, for their viewers and readers, without crossing any lines of involvement. But sometimes, on a human level, that is just not possible.

  • TRUCK DRIVER SPREADING HERPES IS OUT OF EX-WIFE'S CONTROL

    DEAR ABBY: Last year I found a bottle of Valtrex in my husband's car. He had been taking the medicine for months. When I asked him about it, he lied. I was devastated when I realized I had been exposed to herpes. He actually tried to say he got it from me, but later he admitted that he had been stepping out with random women while working out of town. (He's a truck driver.) I had a blood test and thankfully I didn't catch it. What is the doctor's responsibility in informing the spouse? I'm sure my ex is going to sleep around and infect others. ...

Loading...

Follow Yahoo! News