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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 - February 28, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

89

142 60%

Del Rio Sector

1,036 543 -48%

El Centro Sector

200 194 -3%

El Paso Sector

383 434 13%

Laredo Sector

1,337 914 -32%

Rio Grande Sector

14,043 7,342 -48%

San Diego Sector

299 397 33%

Tucson Sector

3,880 2,331 -40%

Yuma Sector

136 212 56%

Southwest Border Total

21,403 12,509 -42%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

36

115 219%

Del Rio Sector

997 447 -55%

El Centro Sector

195 199 2%

El Paso Sector

157 134 -15%

Laredo Sector

1,028 537 -48%

Rio Grande Sector

9,444 7,838 -17%

San Diego Sector

685 681 -1%

Tucson Sector

1,393 943 -32%

Yuma Sector

143 239 67%
Southwest Border Total 14,078 11,133 -21%

 

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 - February 28, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

34,138

Southwest Border

47,661

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - February 28, 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 2,209
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 4,381
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 1,181
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 4,502

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015)

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 2,683
Guatemala 3,691
Honduras 2,585
Mexico 1,827

 

*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.)