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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 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

116

220 90%

Del Rio Sector

1,753

3,026

73%

El Centro Sector

373

564

51%

El Paso Sector

636

876

38%

Laredo Sector

3,207

3,427

7%

Rio Grande Sector

16,820

46,307

175%

San Diego Sector

546

818

50%

Tucson Sector

7,813

7,448

-5%

Yuma Sector

227

312

37%

Southwest Border Total

31,491

62,998

100%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

90

139 54%

Del Rio Sector

452

4,665

>500%

El Centro Sector

327

551

69%

El Paso Sector

259

491

90%

Laredo Sector

1,321

3,304 150%

Rio Grande Sector

4,762 48,161

>500%

San Diego Sector

1,305 1,480

13%

Tucson Sector

2,281

3,493

53%

Yuma Sector

204 572

180%

Southwest Border Total 11,001 62,856 471%

 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 through July 31

Sector

Other Than Mexicans

Rio Grande Valley

173,558

Southwest Border

227,279

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2013; Fiscal Year 2014 through July 31

Country Fiscal Year  2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 14,591
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 15,733
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 17,582
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 13,675