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Southwest Border Migration FY2018

The August Southwest Border Apprehension/Inadmissible numbers are a clear indicator that the migration flows are responding to gaps in our nation’s legal framework. While the overall numbers are consistent with an expected seasonal increase, the number of family unit apprehensions increased 38%, approximately 3,500 more than July. In August, the number of family units apprehended represented 34% of all Southwest Border apprehensions, an increase from an average of 25% for the year.

 

Southwest Border Inadmissible Graph Displaying Month by Month Numbers for FY 18

 

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2018 YTD (October 1 - August 31)

USBP Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Total
Southwest Border UAC 3,153 3,973 4,063 3,202 3,115 4,141 4,287 6,371 5,083 3,920 4,396 45,704
Family Units 4,836 7,016 8,119 5,654 5,475 8,873 9,648 9,485 9,434 9,247 12,774 90,563
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 25,484 29,086 28,997 25,978 26,666 37,389 38,237 40,335 34,091 31,299 37,544 355,106

Tables are accurate as of 9/4/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

*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.)

In August a total of 37,544 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 31,299 in July and 34,091 in June. 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 - August 31)

Field Operations Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG Total
Southwest Border UAC 629 672 904 684 585 1,042 939 779 440 419 376 7,672
Family Units 3,230 3,680 4,901 3,566 3,935 5,234 5,453 4,660 2,952 3,027 3,181 44,340
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles 9,358 9,910 11,507 9,836 10,011 12,900 12,643 11,452 8,743 8,650 9,016 114,086

Tables are accurate as of 9/5/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

*Note: (Family Unit represents the number of individuals (either a child under 18 years old, parent or legal guardian) deemed inadmissible with a family member by the Office of Field Operations.) 

In August, 9,016 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 8,650 in July, and 8,743 in June. 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: 
September 20, 2018