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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 - June 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

105

177

69%

Del Rio Sector

1,533

2,803

83%

El Centro Sector

342

485

42%

El Paso Sector

584

794

36%

Laredo Sector

2,816

3,134

11%

Rio Grande Sector

14,565

42,164

189%

San Diego Sector

471

728

55%

Tucson Sector

7,254

6,945

-4%

Yuma Sector

214

295

38%

Southwest Border Total

27,884

57,525

106%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

80

82 3%

Del Rio Sector

354

4,180

>500%

El Centro Sector

309

432

40%

El Paso Sector

244

419

72%

Laredo Sector

1,110

2,988

169%

Rio Grande Sector

3,746

42,358

>500%

San Diego Sector

1,179

1,360

15%

Tucson Sector

2,130

3,117

46%

Yuma Sector

198

484

144%

Southwest Border Total 9,350 55,420 493%

 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 through June 30

Sector

Other Than Mexicans

Rio Grande Valley

154,606

Southwest Border

202,951

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2013; Fiscal Year 2014 through June 30

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 13,301
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 14,086
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 16,546
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 12,614