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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 - October 31, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

18

13 -28%

Del Rio Sector

172 120 -30%

El Centro Sector

39 35 -10%

El Paso Sector

64 80 25%

Laredo Sector

301 223 -26%

Rio Grande Sector

2,652 1,551 -42%

San Diego Sector

45

74

64%

Tucson Sector

874

404

-54%

Yuma Sector

16

29

81%

Southwest Border Total

4,181

2,529

-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

4

30 >500%

Del Rio Sector

150 79 -47%

El Centro Sector

37 16 -57%

El Paso Sector

23 22 -4%

Laredo Sector

164 136 -17%

Rio Grande Sector

1,472 1,555 6%

San Diego Sector

171 119 -30%

Tucson Sector

375 182 -51%

Yuma Sector

18 24 33%
Southwest Border Total 2,414 2,163 -10%

 

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

7,702

Southwest Border

10,155

 

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 16,404 535
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 687
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 259
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 993

 

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year 2015 through October 31, 2014

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 615
Guatemala 640
Honduras 453
Mexico 371