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  • News: CBP Statistics on Unaccompanied Children Apprehended at the Southwest Border in FY2016 (Updated)

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

    Sector

    Fiscal Year 2015

    Fiscal Year 2016

    % Change

    Big Bend Sector

    58

    465 >500%

    Del Rio Sector

    315 822 161%

    El Centro Sector

    97 276 185%

    El Paso Sector

    264 1,030 290%

    Laredo Sector

    572 805 41%

    Rio Grande Sector

    4,920 10,558 115%

    San Diego Sector

    236 352 49%

    Tucson Sector

    1,410 2,048 45%

    Yuma Sector

    115 1,014 >500%

    Southwest Border Total

    7,987 17,370 117%

    Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

    Sector

    Fiscal Year 2015

    Fiscal Year 2016

    % Change

    Big Bend Sector

    76

    528 >500%

    Del Rio Sector

    280 1,136 306%

    El Centro Sector

    146 363 149%

    El Paso Sector

    94 1,441 >500%

    Laredo Sector

    356 502 41%

    Rio Grande Sector

    5,344 14,336 168%

    San Diego Sector

    427 475 11%

    Tucson Sector

    620 1,132 83%

    Yuma Sector

    125 1,556 >500%
    Southwest Border Total 7,468 21,469 187%

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

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

    Sector

    FY2016

    Rio Grande Valley

    37,835

    Southwest Border

    58,650

    Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

    Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2009-2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - December 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 5,017
    Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589 6,474
    Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409 2,772
    Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012 2,881

    Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

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

    Country FY 2015 FY 2016
    El Salvador 10,872 7,290
    Guatemala 12,820 7,213
    Honduras 10,671 5,496
    Mexico 4,276 820

    *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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