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Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children FY 2014

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

125

256105%

Del Rio Sector

2,135

3,268

53%

El Centro Sector

434

662

53%

El Paso Sector

744

1,029

38%

Laredo Sector

3,795

3,800

0%

Rio Grande Sector

21,553

49,959

132%

San Diego Sector

656

954

45%

Tucson Sector

9,070

8,262

-9%

Yuma Sector

247

351

42%

Southwest Border Total

38,759

68,541

77%

 

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2013

Fiscal Year 2014

% Change

Big Bend Sector

102

17673%

Del Rio Sector

7114,950

>500%

El Centro Sector

36563073%

El Paso Sector

29856289%

Laredo Sector

1,688

3,591113%

Rio Grande Sector

7,26552,326

>500%

San Diego Sector

1,5761,723

9%

Tucson Sector

2,630

3,812

45%

Yuma Sector

220675

207%

Southwest Border Total14,85568,445361%

 

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

Fiscal Year 2014 through September 30

Sector

Other Than Mexicans

Rio Grande Valley

192,925

Southwest Border

252,600

 

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

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

CountryFiscal Year  2009Fiscal Year 2010Fiscal Year 2011Fiscal Year 2012Fiscal Year 2013Fiscal Year 2014
El Salvador1,2211,9101,3943,3145,99016,404
Guatemala1,1151,5171,5653,8358,06817,057
Honduras9681,0179742,9976,74718,244
Mexico16,11413,72411,76813,97417,24015,634
Last modified: 
November 24, 2015