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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

28

37 32%

Del Rio Sector

393 216 -45%

El Centro Sector

82 62 -24%

El Paso Sector

158 165 4%

Laredo Sector

571 400 -30%

Rio Grande Sector

5,461 3,222 -41%

San Diego Sector

106 131 24%

Tucson Sector

1690 858 -49%

Yuma Sector

36 52 44%

Southwest Border Total

8,525 5,143 -40%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

5

45 >500%

Del Rio Sector

322 162 -50%

El Centro Sector

58 63 9%

El Paso Sector

53 48 -9%

Laredo Sector

340 248 -27%

Rio Grande Sector

3,425 3,363 -2%

San Diego Sector

300 240 -20%

Tucson Sector

669 346 -48%

Yuma Sector

28 60 114%
Southwest Border Total 5,200 4,575 -12%

 

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

Fiscal Year 2015 through October 31, 2014

Sector

Other Than Mexicans

Rio Grande Valley

15,225

Southwest Border

20,242

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 through October 31, 2014

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 1,115
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 1,495
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 506
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 1,921

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year 2015 through October 31, 2014

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 1,262
Guatemala 1,406
Honduras 1,004
Mexico 756