Friday, April 24, 2015

Report Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children

04/07/2015 12:37 PM EDT
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 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
105
194 85%
Del Rio Sector 1,414 710 -50%
El Centro Sector 278 270 -3%
El Paso Sector 469 536 14%
Laredo Sector 1,792 1,156 -35%
Rio Grande Sector 19,258 9,093 -53%
San Diego Sector 425 509 20%
Tucson Sector 4,660 2,881 -38%
Yuma Sector 178 298 67%
Southwest Border Total 28,579 15,647 -45%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions*
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2014.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2015
% Change
Big Bend Sector
39
136 249%
Del Rio Sector 1,518 627 -59%
El Centro Sector 220 252 15%
El Paso Sector 201 201 0%
Laredo Sector 1,379 626 -55%
Rio Grande Sector 13,750 9,673 -30%
San Diego Sector 872 855 -2%
Tucson Sector 1,628 1,199 -26%
Yuma Sector 223 342 53%
Southwest Border Total 19,830 13,911 -30%
U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border and Rio Grande Valley Sector Other Than Mexicans
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
Sector
FY2015
Rio Grande Valley
41,357
Southwest Border
58,213
Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Years 2009-2014; Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 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 2,788
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057 5,465
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244 1,549
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634 5,572

Family Unit Apprehensions Encountered by Fiscal Year*
Fiscal Year 2015 to date (October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015)
Country FY 2015
El Salvador 3,313
Guatemala 4,537
Honduras 3,418
Mexico 2,193

*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.)
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (FY 2014)
11/14/2014 03:10 PM EST
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 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
125
256 105%
Del Rio Sector
2,135
3,268 53%
El Centro Sector
434
662 53%
El Paso Sector
744
1,029 38%
Laredo Sector
3,795
3,800 0%
Rio Grande Sector
21,553
49,959 132%
San Diego Sector
656
954 45%
Tucson Sector
9,070
8,262 -9%
Yuma Sector
247
351 42%
Southwest Border Total
38,759
68,541 77%

Southwest Border Family Unit Apprehensions
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year 2014 to date (October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014) compared to the same time period for Fiscal Year 2013.
Sector
Fiscal Year 2013
Fiscal Year 2014
% Change
Big Bend Sector
102
176 73%
Del Rio Sector 711 4,950 >500%
El Centro Sector 365 630 73%
El Paso Sector 298 562 89%
Laredo Sector
1,688
3,591 113%
Rio Grande Sector 7,265 52,326 >500%
San Diego Sector 1,576 1,723 9%
Tucson Sector
2,630
3,812 45%
Yuma Sector 220 675 207%
Southwest Border Total 14,855 68,445 361%

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border and Rio Grande Valley Sector Other Than Mexicans
Fiscal Year 2014 through September 30
Sector
Other Than Mexicans
Rio Grande Valley
192,925
Southwest Border
252,600

Unaccompanied Alien Children Encountered by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Years 2009-2013; Fiscal Year 2014 through September 30
Country Fiscal Year  2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014
El Salvador 1,221 1,910 1,394 3,314 5,990 16,404
Guatemala 1,115 1,517 1,565 3,835 8,068 17,057
Honduras 968 1,017 974 2,997 6,747 18,244
Mexico 16,114 13,724 11,768 13,974 17,240 15,634
CBP Partners with Non-Profit Organizations to Accept Children’s Books and Blankets for Unaccompanied Minors
08/01/2014 03:29 PM EDTU.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today a partnership with non-profit organizations and its plan to accept donations in support of the humanitarian situation in the Rio Grande Valley.  Non-profit organizations can support the children and families in CBP facilities by donating books and blankets.  For more information on how to donate, and specific item descriptions, please contact the CBP NGO Liaison at NGOLiaison@cbp.dhs.gov.

CBP Addresses Humanitarian Challenges of Unaccompanied Child Migrants07/21/2014 11:09 AM ED
Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass, Texas rescue a woman and her daughter from the Rio Grande River. The El Salvador citizens were struggling to stay afloat when spotted by agents, who deployed flotation devices and pulled them from the water.
Border Patrol agents from Eagle Pass, Texas rescue a woman and her daughter from the Rio Grande River.
 (Photo by Border Patrol Agent Carl Nagy)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is dealing with multifaceted humanitarian and security issues as tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have been arriving at the Southwest U.S. border.The most immediate problem: Caring for the children. As of mid-June of this fiscal year, CBP had apprehended more than 52,000 children at the border.

 Approximately three-quarters of them originated from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras after traveling for weeks through Mexico.“They’re arriving exhausted and scared, in need of food and water,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “Our agency and the Department of Homeland Security have mobilized to address this situation in a way consistent with our laws and our American values.”DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services are coordinating with the Department of Defense to house and process the children.

The federal partners are locating additional facilities as needed.DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on July 1 announced the immediate deployment of approximately 150 additional Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where the largest numbers of unaccompanied minors are arriving. The added personnel will help process the influx of children and uphold CBP’s work securing the border.

“I have seen CBP employees respond to these difficulties with professionalism and compassion,” said Commissioner Kerlikowske. “They’ve made heroic efforts with these children; rescuing them and caring for them in the most humane and compassionate way. I am extremely proud of their dedication and of how they have risen to this challenge.”

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