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United States Border Patrol Southwest Family Unit Subject and Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions Fiscal Year 2016

Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in July along our southwest border – an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally – fell during the month of July, although apprehensions of unaccompanied children and family units increased somewhat from June. These trends are generally in line with seasonal patterns we have observed in previous years. 

  UAC Family Members All
January 2016 3091 3,145 23,759
February 2016 3,095 3,051 26,077
March 2016 4,214 4,451 33,319
April 2016 5,173 5,620 38,088
May 2016 5,617 6,782 40,349
June 2016 4,809 6,633 34,463
July 2016 5,068 7,574 33,737

Apprehensions for the year to-date continue to be somewhat higher than in Fiscal Year 2015, but significantly lower than FY 2014 and FY 2013.

The Department of Homeland Security and its federal government partners continue to closely monitor current migration trends and are working aggressively to address underlying cases and deter unauthorized migration, while ensuring that those with legitimate humanitarian claims are afforded the opportunity to seek protection.

DHS and its components continue to enforce U.S. immigration laws and to do so consistent with our enforcement priorities, which were revised as part of the President’s executive actions in November 2014. These priorities more sharply focus our limited enforcement resources on public safety and border security.

We also recognize the need to provide a safe, alternative path to our country for individuals in need of humanitarian protection. Recently, the Government of Costa Rica announced its agreement to enter into a protection transfer arrangement with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration to help address this regional migration challenge. For cases not requiring immediate transfer to Costa Rica, the U.S. is establishing an in-country referral program in countries of origin including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. This will enable vulnerable residents in the region to be considered for refugee protection in the United States after being screened and interviewed by Department of Homeland Security officers. The U.S. Government has also announced expansion of the categories of individuals eligible for participation in the Central American Minors program, when accompanied by a qualified child. Further information is available here.

While we believe this expanded capacity for refugee processing is an important step, we recognize the ultimate solution to the humanitarian situation in Central America is long-term investment to address the underlying conditions there.  We continue to work closely with our federal partners and the governments in the region, and we are pleased with the $750 million in support Congress provided this year in aid to Central America.

Southwest Border Total Apprehensions (FY12-16)

Graph that displays total apprehensions for current and previous fiscal years

Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions

Graph that displays current and previous fiscal year UAC numbers

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015 and Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

% Change
FY 14 to FY 15

% Change
FY 15 to FY 16

Big Bend Sector

221 520 871 135% 68%

Del Rio Sector

3,020 1,714 2,279 -43% 33%

El Centro Sector

564 506 1,011 -10% 100%

El Paso Sector

875 1,258 2,972 44% 136%

Laredo Sector

3,425 1,991 2,427 -42% 22%

Rio Grande Sector

46,295 18,236 29,410 -61% 61%

San Diego Sector

818 870 1,248 6% 43%

Tucson Sector

7,447 4,995 5,486 -33% 10%

Yuma Sector

312 757 2,607 143% 244%

Southwest Border Total

62,977 30,847 48,311 -51% 57%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*

Graph that displays currrent and previous fiscal year Family Unit Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2015 and Fiscal Year 2014.

Sector

FY 2014

FY 2015

FY 2016

% Change
FY 14 to FY 15

% Change
FY 15 to FY 16


Big Bend Sector

140 388 862 177% 122%

Del Rio Sector

4,665 1,532 2,907 -67% 90%

El Centro Sector

551 501 1,087 -9% 117%

El Paso Sector

491 826 3,795 68% 359%

Laredo Sector

3,303 1,049 1,382 -68% 32%

Rio Grande Sector

48,155 20,285 39,326 -58% 94%

San Diego Sector

1,480 1,337 2,058 -10% 54%

Tucson Sector

3,492 2,337 2,564 -33% 10%

Yuma Sector

571 1,151 4,739 102% 312%
Southwest Border Total 62,848 29,406 58,720 -53% 100%

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

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016)

Sector

FY2016

Rio Grande Valley

109,773

Southwest Border

172,164

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2009-2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016)

Country FY  2009 FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404 9,389 14,343
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589 15,243
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409 8,128
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012 9,853

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 - July 31, 2016)

Country FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 10,872 20,816
Guatemala 12,820 16,968
Honduras 10,671 15,142
Mexico 4,276 2,812

*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.) 

United States Border Patrol Southwest Family Unit Subject and Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions Fiscal Year 2016 - By Month

  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 OCT FY 2016 OCT FY 2016 OCT
Big Bend Sector 240 185 735
Del Rio Sector 283 237 1,873
El Centro Sector 89 76 1,214
El Paso Sector 266 239 1,641
Laredo Sector 152 242 3,146
Rio Grande Sector 4,172 3,012 15,036
San Diego Sector 108 105 2,082
Tucson Sector 303 618 5,903
Yuma Sector 413 230 1,101
Southwest Border Total 6,026 4,944 32,731
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 NOV FY 2016 NOV FY 2016 NOV
Big Bend Sector 123 133 637
Del Rio Sector 314 255 1,798
El Centro Sector 110 99 1,240
El Paso Sector 424 330 1,680
Laredo Sector 160 278 3,249
Rio Grande Sector 4,356 3,444 15,298
San Diego Sector 134 98 2,024
Tucson Sector 376 661 5,792
Yuma Sector 474 312 1,126
Southwest Border Total 6,471 5,610 32,844
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 DEC FY 2016 DEC FY 2016 DEC
Big Bend Sector 166 143 689
Del Rio Sector 539 327 2,185
El Centro Sector 164 98 1,253
El Paso Sector 751 459 2,183
Laredo Sector 190 284 2,994
Rio Grande Sector 5,809 4,084 17,737
San Diego Sector 233 148 2,200
Tucson Sector 453 764 6,264
Yuma Sector 669 468 1,508
Southwest Border Total 8,974 6,775 37,013
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 JAN FY 2016 JAN FY 2016 JAN
Big Bend Sector 53 55 388
Del Rio Sector 174 153 1,531
El Centro Sector 42 58 1,061
El Paso Sector 104 158 1,150
Laredo Sector 130 191 2.454
Rio Grande Sector 2,022 1,742 9,398
San Diego Sector 203 142 2,525
Tucson Sector 166 444 4,574
Yuma Sector 251 168 681
Southwest Border Total 3,145 3,111 23,762
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 FEB FY 2016 FEB FY 2016 FEB
Big Bend Sector 41 46 458
Del Rio Sector 188 193 1,780
El Centro Sector 47 78 1,342
El Paso Sector 152 208 1,398
Laredo Sector 101 219 2,899
Rio Grande Sector 1,890 1,664 9,656
San Diego Sector 193 113 2,507
Tucson Sector 104 443 5,250
Yuma Sector 332 149 789
Southwest Border Total 3,048 3,113 26,079
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 MAR FY 2016 MAR FY 2016 MAR
Big Bend Sector 39 74 617
Del Rio Sector 193 188 2,022
El Centro Sector 76 89 1,777
El Paso Sector 224 275 2,156
Laredo Sector 155 252 3,203
Rio Grande Sector 3,054 2,465 13,327
San Diego Sector 188 134 3,111
Tucson Sector 216 551 6,148
Yuma Sector 303 173 974
Southwest Border Total 4,448 4,201 33,335
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 APR FY 2016 APR FY 2016 APR
Big Bend Sector 29 90 736
Del Rio Sector 240 215 2224
El Centro Sector 118 145 2,098
El Paso Sector 349 302 2,411
Laredo Sector 151 268 3,665
Rio Grande Sector 3,848 3,297 16,709
San Diego Sector 245 155 3,330
Tucson Sector 174 500 5,794
Yuma Sector 461 226 1,168
Southwest Border Total 5,615 5,198 38,135
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 MAY FY 2016 MAY FY 2016 MAY
Big Bend Sector 76 66 493
Del Rio Sector 397 278 2,591
El Centro Sector 155 125 2,004
El Paso Sector 437 299 2,482
Laredo Sector 119 298 3,407
Rio Grande Sector 4,566 3,549 18,294
San Diego Sector 199 146 3,121
Tucson Sector 257 595 6,581
Yuma Sector 582 313 1,393
Southwest Border Total 6,788 5,669 40,366
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 JUNE FY 2016 JUNE FY 2016 JUNE
Big Bend Sector 43 43 292
Del Rio Sector 226 190 1,918
El Centro Sector 104 101 1.722
El Paso Sector 473 338 2,368
Laredo Sector 103 204 2,909
Rio Grande Sector 4,571 2,975 15,974
San Diego Sector 243 117 2,526
Tucson Sector 234 529 5,432
Yuma Sector 629 292 2,368
Southwest Border Total 6,626 4,789 34,463
  FMUA UAC Total Apprehensions
Sector FY 2016 JULY FY 2016 JULY FY 2016 JULY
Big Bend Sector 47 41 344
Del Rio Sector 353 244 1834
El Centro Sector 180 147 1677
El Paso Sector 617 376 2501
Laredo Sector 119 194 2650
Rio Grande Sector 5031 3212 16518
San Diego Sector 309 93 2557
Tucson Sector 281 408 4365
Yuma Sector 630 288 1291
Southwest Border Total 7567 5003 33,737