Coyotes making money, even with fewer customers

Fewer Mexican immigrants

are coming to the United States, but that doesn't mean that coyotes, the people who smuggle Hispanics across the border, are following the basics of supply and demand economics and charging less for their services.

The immigration decline has been seen in fewer arrests along the border, which is largely tied to more Mexicans delaying illegal crossings because of the lack of jobs in America, according to a New York Times story.

But the inflation-adjusted fees that coyotes charge to smuggle someone into the United States have risen steadily since the early 1990s through 2008, with little influence from the business cycle in the United States, according to the New York Times Economix blog. The fees are now at about $3,000 per person and have been steadily rising since at about $500 in 1990.