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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 - January 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

65

84 29%

Del Rio Sector

769 414 -46%

El Centro Sector

149 148 -1%

El Paso Sector

283 351 24%

Laredo Sector

1,039 746 -28%

Rio Grande Sector

10,713 6,051 -44%

San Diego Sector

235 308 31%

Tucson Sector

3,208 1,852 -42%

Yuma Sector

97 169 74%

Southwest Border Total

16,558 10,123 -39%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

25

90 260%

Del Rio Sector

686 375 -45%

El Centro Sector

159 168 6%

El Paso Sector

108 115 6%

Laredo Sector

766 461 -40%

Rio Grande Sector

7,198 6,434 -11%

San Diego Sector

579 555 -4%

Tucson Sector

1,208 716 -41%

Yuma Sector

68 176 159%
Southwest Border Total 10,797 9,090 -16%

 

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 - January 31, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

28,198

Southwest Border

39,085

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - January 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 1,797
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 3,548
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 951
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 3,635

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

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

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 2,246
Guatemala 3,032
Honduras 2,074
Mexico 3,635

 

*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.)