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

September 17, 2016

Overall apprehensions by the Border Patrol in August along our southwest border – which include apprehensions of single adults, unaccompanied minors, and family units — increased somewhat from the previous month. For the year to-date, overall apprehensions continue to be somewhat higher than in Fiscal Year 2015, but 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 – August 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 244 656 895 169% 36%
Del Rio Sector 3,147 2,023 2,445 -36% 21%
El Centro Sector 612 595 1.200 -3% 102%
El Paso Sector 945 1,454 3,395 54% 133%
Laredo Sector 3,627 2,232 2,694 -38% 21%
Rio Grande Sector 48,468 21,131 33,183 -56% 57%
San Diego Sector 875 986 1,394 13% 41%
Tucson Sector 7,869 5,500 5,877 -30% 7%
Yuma Sector 328 908 2,969 177% 227%
Southwest Border Total 66,115 35,485 54,052 -46% 52%

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 – August 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 165 580 959 252% 65%
Del Rio Sector 4,838 1,854 3,200 -62% 73%
El Centro Sector 592 580 1,297 -2% 124%
El Paso Sector 530 1,011 4,662 91% 361%
Laredo Sector 3,486 1,187 1,517 -66% 28%
Rio Grande Sector 50,622 23,862 45,672 -53% 91%
San Diego Sector 1,617 1,448 2,428 -10% 68%
Tucson Sector 3,668 2,602 2,898 -29% 11%
Yuma Sector 626 1,441 5,447 130% 278%
Southwest Border Total 66,144 34,565 68,080 -48% 97%

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

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016)

Sector FY2016
Rio Grande Valley 125,032
Southwest Border 194,726

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2009-2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 – August 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 15,987
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 13,589 17,113
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 5,409 9,305
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 11,012 10,854

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year 2015, FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016)

Country FY 2015 FY 2016
El Salvador 10,872 23,897
Guatemala 12,820 20,070
Honduras 10,671 17,608
Mexico 4,276 3,145

*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

  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
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
Last published:
September 9, 2016
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