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  • News: CBP Statistics on Unaccompanied Children Apprehended at the Southwest Border

    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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