Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children

Beginning last year and specifically in the last few months, CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley. While overall border apprehensions have only slightly increased during this time period, and remain at historic lows, the apprehension and processing of these children present unique operational challenges for CBP and HHS. Addressing the rising flow of unaccompanied alien children crossing our southwest border is an important priority of this Administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secretary Johnson has already taken a number of steps to address this situation.

Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

148

346 134%

Del Rio Sector

2,328 1,209 -48%

El Centro Sector

409 391 -4%

El Paso Sector

680 882 30%

Laredo Sector

2,739 1,571 -43%

Rio Grande Sector

33,416 13,249 -60%

San Diego Sector

631 708 12%

Tucson Sector

6,244 4,026 -36%

Yuma Sector

263 487 85%

Southwest Border Total

46,858 22,869 -51%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

54

236 337%

Del Rio Sector

3,065 1,066 -65%

El Centro Sector

327 366 12%

El Paso Sector

306 468 53%

Laredo Sector

2,248 809 -64%

Rio Grande Sector

28,993 14,277 -51%

San Diego Sector

1,193 1,147 -4%

Tucson Sector

2,524 1,823 -28%

Yuma Sector

403 658 63%
Southwest Border Total 39,113 20,850 -47%

 

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border and Rio Grande Valley Sector Other Than Mexicans

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

58,947

Southwest Border

85,131

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015)

Country FY  2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404 4,458
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 8,048
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 2,533
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 7,487

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 1, 2015)

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 5,054
Guatemala 6,914
Honduras 5,337
Mexico 2,882

 

*Note: (Family Unit represents the number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent or legal guardian) apprehended with a family member by the U.S. Border Patrol.) 

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