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Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children Statistics FY 2015

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 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

256

839 228%

Del Rio Sector

3,268 2,285 -30%

El Centro Sector

662 668 1%

El Paso Sector

1,029 1,662 62%

Laredo Sector

3,800 2,459 -35%

Rio Grande Sector

49,959 23,864 -52%

San Diego Sector

954 1084 14%

Tucson Sector

8,262 6,019 -27%

Yuma Sector

351 1,090 211%

Southwest Border Total

68,541 39,970 -42%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

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

Sector

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2015

% Change

Big Bend Sector

176

807 359%

Del Rio Sector

4,950 2,141 -57%

El Centro Sector

630 675 7%

El Paso Sector

562 1,220 117%

Laredo Sector

3,591 1,372 -62%

Rio Grande Sector

52,326 27,409 -48%

San Diego Sector

1,723 1,550 -10%

Tucson Sector

3,812 2,930 -23%

Yuma Sector

675 1,734 157%
Southwest Border Total 68,445 39,838 -42%

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

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015)

Sector

FY2015

Rio Grande Valley

99,084

Southwest Border

145,316

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Fiscal Years 2009-2015

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 9,389
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015)

Country FY 2015
El Salvador 10,872
Guatemala 12,820
Honduras 10,671
Mexico 4,276

*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.) 

Last published: 
November 24, 2015