Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children Statistics FY 2016

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS has begun a process to expand its temporary capacity to house unaccompanied children. This is a prudent step to ensure that the Border Patrol can continue its vital national security mission to prevent illegal migration, trafficking, and protect the borders of the United States.

As we have highlighted over the last few months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have noted an increase in the number of unaccompanied children (UAC) and family units apprehended along the southwest border. The entire administration has been closely monitoring these current trends and coordinating across the whole of government to ensure an effective response to any changes in migration flows.

DHS and HHS are working together to accommodate these children without disrupting the vital national security mission of the Border Patrol and have begun a process to expand HHS temporary capacity to shelter unaccompanied children. The Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS increased the capacity of current providers from 7,900 to 8,400 beds in November and is preparing for temporary bed space in the event that additional beds may be needed. ORR is continuously analyzing and monitoring bed capacity of unaccompanied children referred to HHS, as well as the information received from interagency partners, to inform any future decisions or actions.

We continue to aggressively work 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. We also continue to look at broader regional efforts to address the flow of children and family units from Central America into the United States.”

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

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2016

% Change

Big Bend Sector

37

321 >500%

Del Rio Sector

214 494 131%

El Centro Sector

62 177 185%

El Paso Sector

163 571 250%

Laredo Sector

397 523 32%

Rio Grande Sector

3,219 6,465 101%

San Diego Sector

130 205 58%

Tucson Sector

855 1,285 58%

Yuma Sector

52 547 >500%

Southwest Border Total

5,129 10,588 106%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2016

% Change

Big Bend Sector

45

362 >500%

Del Rio Sector

162 597 269%

El Centro Sector

63 199 216%

El Paso Sector

49 690 >500%

Laredo Sector

248 311 25%

Rio Grande Sector

3,365 8,537 154%

San Diego Sector

242 242 0%

Tucson Sector

344 679 97%

Yuma Sector

59 888 >500%
Southwest Border Total 4,577 12,505 173%

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

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015)

Sector

FY2016

Rio Grande Valley

23,238

Southwest Border

35,234

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2009-2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - November 30, 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 3,192
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589 3,614
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409 1,674
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012 1,965

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015)

Country FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 10,872 4,450
Guatemala 12,820 3,934
Honduras 10,671 3,203
Mexico 4,276 538

*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.)