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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

105

194 85%

Del Rio Sector

1,414 710 -50%

El Centro Sector

278 270 -3%

El Paso Sector

469 536 14%

Laredo Sector

1,792 1,156 -35%

Rio Grande Sector

19,258 9,093 -53%

San Diego Sector

425 509 20%

Tucson Sector

4,660 2,881 -38%

Yuma Sector

178 298 67%

Southwest Border Total

28,579 15,647 -45%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

39

136 249%

Del Rio Sector

1,518 627 -59%

El Centro Sector

220 252 15%

El Paso Sector

201 201 0%

Laredo Sector

1,379 626 -55%

Rio Grande Sector

13,750 9,673 -30%

San Diego Sector

872 855 -2%

Tucson Sector

1,628 1,199 -26%

Yuma Sector

223 342 53%
Southwest Border Total 19,830 13,911 -30%

 

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 - March 31, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

41,357

Southwest Border

58,213

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 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 2,788
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 5,465
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 1,549
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 5,572

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

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

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 3,313
Guatemala 4,537
Honduras 3,418
Mexico 2,193

 

*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.)