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 - June 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.















































Sector



Fiscal Year 2014



Fiscal Year 2015



% Change



Big Bend Sector



178


410 130%

Del Rio Sector


2,781 1,479 -47%

El Centro Sector


485 444 -8%

El Paso Sector


794 1,056 33%

Laredo Sector


3,128 1,778 -43%

Rio Grande Sector


42,146 15,613 -63%

San Diego Sector


729 790 8%

Tucson Sector


6,942 4,516 -35%

Yuma Sector


295 599 103%

Southwest Border Total


57,478 26,685 -54%

 


Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*


Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.















































Sector



Fiscal Year 2014



Fiscal Year 2015



% Change



Big Bend Sector



82


285 248%

Del Rio Sector


4,199 1,299 -69%

El Centro Sector


432 425 -2%

El Paso Sector


419 613 46%

Laredo Sector


2,987 923 -69%

Rio Grande Sector


42,363 17,179 -59%

San Diego Sector


1,361 1,248 -8%

Tucson Sector


3,116 2,082 -33%

Yuma Sector


484 847 75%
Southwest Border Total 55,443 24,901 -55%

 


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 - June 30, 2015)








Sector

FY2015



Rio Grande Valley



68,574



Southwest Border


99,580

 


Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year


Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 30, 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 5,478
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 9,349
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 3,147
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 8,302

 


Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*


Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)












Country FY 2015
El Salvador 6,184
Guatemala 8,193
Honduras 6,575
Mexico 3,162

 


*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.)