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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 - April 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

123

245 99%

Del Rio Sector

1,784 956 -46%

El Centro Sector

349 319 -9%

El Paso Sector

569 726 28%

Laredo Sector

2,269 1,380 -39%

Rio Grande Sector

24,983 10,955 -56%

San Diego Sector

531 611 15%

Tucson Sector

5,456 3,364 -38%

Yuma Sector

216 363 68%

Southwest Border Total

36,280 18,919 -48%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

46

176 283%

Del Rio Sector

1,985 802 -60%

El Centro Sector

268 328 22%

El Paso Sector

246 350 42%

Laredo Sector

1,694 713 -58%

Rio Grande Sector

18,848 11,691 -38%

San Diego Sector

1,018 988 -3%

Tucson Sector

1,948 1,493 -23%

Yuma Sector

288 456 58%
Southwest Border Total 26,341 16,997 -35%

 

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 - April 30, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

49,306

Southwest Border

70,448

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - April 30, 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 3,514
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 6,607
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 1,977
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 6,519

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015)

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 4,058
Guatemala 5,623
Honduras 4,288
Mexico 2,521

 

*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.)