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  • News: CBP Updates Statistics on 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 - August 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

    Sector

    Fiscal Year 2014

    Fiscal Year 2015

    % Change

    Big Bend Sector

    244

    656 169%

    Del Rio Sector

    3,147 2,023 -36%

    El Centro Sector

    612 596 -3%

    El Paso Sector

    945 1,454 54%

    Laredo Sector

    3,627 2,233 -38%

    Rio Grande Sector

    48,468 21,136 -56%

    San Diego Sector

    875 987 13%

    Tucson Sector

    7,869 5,501 -30%

    Yuma Sector

    328 908 177%

    Southwest Border Total

    66,115 35,494 -46%

     

    Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

    Sector

    Fiscal Year 2014

    Fiscal Year 2015

    % Change

    Big Bend Sector

    165

    579 251%

    Del Rio Sector

    4,838 1,854 -62%

    El Centro Sector

    592 580 -2%

    El Paso Sector

    530 1,011 91%

    Laredo Sector

    3,486 1,185 -66%

    Rio Grande Sector

    50,622 23,863 -53%

    San Diego Sector

    1,617 1,449 -10%

    Tucson Sector

    3,668 2,603 -29%

    Yuma Sector

    626 1441 130%
    Southwest Border Total 66,144 34,565 -48%

     

    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 - August 31, 2015)

    Sector

    FY2015

    Rio Grande Valley

    89,033

    Southwest Border

    130,026

     

    Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

    Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - August 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 7,956
    Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 12,231
    Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 4,680
    Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 10,121

     

    Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

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

    Country FY 2015
    El Salvador 9,075
    Guatemala 11,259
    Honduras 9,276
    Mexico 3,903

     

    *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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