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Southwest Border Migration FY2018

June saw a decline in Southwest Border apprehensions and inadmissibles by 18 percent compared to May. This decline follows the overall downward trend for this time of year as apprehensions and inadmissibles along the Southwest Border have declined from May to June.

CBP is continuing to monitor sustained levels of illegal immigration, which is especially hazardous this time of year as the number of rescues by the U.S. Border Patrol continues to increase along with the temperature. Border Patrol agents rescued 896 people in May and June compared to 621 rescues during those months in 2017.

While CBP has emergency beacons in the desert and teams such as the Border Patrol, Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) units specializing in emergency search and rescue, it is still far too dangerous for individuals, especially families traveling with young children, to make the dangerous journey north.


U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2018 YTD (October 1 - June 30)

Southwest Border UAC 3,153 3,974 4,063 3,205 3,118 4,142 4,292 6,388 5,115 37,450
Family Units 4,836 7,016 8,120 5,654 5,475 8,873 9,652 9,485 9,449 68,560
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 25,483 29,087 28,998 25,978 26,665 37,384 38,243 40,338 34,114 286,290

Tables are accurate as of 7/2/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In June a total of 34,114 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 40,338 in May and 38,243 in April. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, USBP apprehended 303,916 individuals along our Southwest Border, compared to 408,870 in FY16, 331,333 in FY15, and 479,371 in FY14.

For breakdown by Sector, visit USBP Southwest Border Apprehensions by Sector

Office of Field Operations Inadmissibles FY2018 YTD (October 1 - June 30)

Field Operations Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN Total
Southwest Border UAC 629 672 904 684 585 1,044 954 809 447 6,728
Family Units 3,230 3,680 4,901 3,562 3,939 5,162 5,457 4,721 2,743 37,395
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles 9,358 9,911 11,507 9,837 10,016 12,909 12,680 11,567 8,451 96,236

Tables are accurate as of 7/2/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In June, 8,451 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 11,567 in May, and 12,680 in April. In FY 2017 111,275 individuals were deemed inadmissible compared to 150,825 in FY16, 114,486 in FY15 and 90,601 in FY14.

OFO inadmissibility metrics include: individuals encountered at ports of entry who are seeking lawful admission into the United States but are determined to be inadmissible, individuals presenting themselves to seek humanitarian protection under our laws; and individuals who withdraw an application for admission and return to their countries of origin within a short timeframe.

For breakdown by Field Office, visit Southwest Border Inadmissibles by Field Office.

Last modified: 
July 5, 2018