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 - July 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

221

522 136%

Del Rio Sector

3,020 1,716 -43%

El Centro Sector

564 507 -10%

El Paso Sector

875 1,261 44%

Laredo Sector

3,425 1,990 -42%

Rio Grande Sector

46,295 18,240 -61%

San Diego Sector

818 871 6%

Tucson Sector

7,447 4,995 -33%

Yuma Sector

312 760 144%

Southwest Border Total

62,977 30,862 -51%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

140

388 177%

Del Rio Sector

4,665 1,531 -67%

El Centro Sector

551 501 -9%

El Paso Sector

491 826 68%

Laredo Sector

3,303 1,051 -68%

Rio Grande Sector

48,155 20,284 -58%

San Diego Sector

1,480 1,338 -10%

Tucson Sector

3,492 2,337 -33%

Yuma Sector

571 1151 102%
Southwest Border Total 62,848 29,407 -53%

 

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 - July 31, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

78,475

Southwest Border

114,388

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - July 31, 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 6,669
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 10,756
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 3,838
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 9,146

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015)

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 7,504
Guatemala 9.674
Honduras 7,817
Mexico 3,494

 

*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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