Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children Statistics FY 2016

Over the last several months, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has noted an increase in the number of unaccompanied children and family units apprehended along the southwest border. DHS is closely monitoring this situation. 

DHS and the State Department are working together on public awareness campaigns to educate those considering making the dangerous journey northward. Our messaging to Central American and Mexican communities emphasizes the dangers of the journey, dispels misinformation about our immigration policies, and underscores that those attempting to come here illegally are a top priority for removal.

We are aware that smugglers often use misinformation about current immigration policies and practices to lure individuals seeking to cross the border illegally to employ their services.

We are closely monitoring current trends and coordinating across the whole of government to ensure an effective response to any changes in migration flows. We are diligently working to secure our borders, address underlying causes and deter future increases in unauthorized migration, while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection.”

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

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2016

% Change

Big Bend Sector

13

187 >500%

Del Rio Sector

120 237 98%

El Centro Sector

35 77 120%

El Paso Sector

80 241 201%

Laredo Sector

220 243 10%

Rio Grande Sector

1,547 3,026 96%

San Diego Sector

74 106 43%

Tucson Sector

401 625 56%

Yuma Sector

29 231 >500%

Southwest Border Total

2,519 4,973 97%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2016

% Change

Big Bend Sector

30

79 >500%

Del Rio Sector

79 283 258%

El Centro Sector

16 89 456%

El Paso Sector

22 266 >500%

Laredo Sector

136 153 13

Rio Grande Sector

1556 4,174 168%

San Diego Sector

119 108 -9%

Tucson Sector

180 303 68%

Yuma Sector

24 413 >500%
Southwest Border Total 2,162 6,029 179%

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

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Sector

FY2016

Rio Grande Valley

16,802

Southwest Border

11,244

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2009-2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Country FY  2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404 9,389 1,624
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589 1,510
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409 787
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012 990

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015)

Country FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 10,872 2.234
Guatemala 12,820 1,811
Honduras 10,671 1,523
Mexico 4,276 271

*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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    What percentage of the unaccompanied children on the above graph were awarded asylum or other legal status?
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