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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

43

60 40%

Del Rio Sector

613 316 -48%

El Centro Sector

114 98 -14%

El Paso Sector

212 266 25%

Laredo Sector

816 575 -30%

Rio Grande Sector

8,294 4,928 -41%

San Diego Sector

154 237 54%

Tucson Sector

2,550 1,415 -45%

Yuma Sector

56 115 105%

Southwest Border Total

12,852 8,010 -38%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

13

76 485%

Del Rio Sector

507 280 -45%

El Centro Sector

109 146 34%

El Paso Sector

82 93 13%

Laredo Sector

595 357 -40%

Rio Grande Sector

5,689 5,343 -6%

San Diego Sector

430 426 -1%

Tucson Sector

1,042 621 -40%

Yuma Sector

44 126 186%
Southwest Border Total 8,511 7,468 -12%

 

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 - December 31, 2014)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

22,979

Southwest Border

31,507

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014)

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 1,564
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 2,746
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 506
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 2,787

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

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

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 1,911
Guatemala 2,501
Honduras 1,651
Mexico 1,158

 

*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.)