May’s Southern Border Stats Show Apprehensions At 144,278

May’s Southern Border Stats Show Apprehensions At 144,278
Photo Credit To Mani Albrecht U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs Visual Communications Division

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency charged with securing the nation’s borders and facilitating international travel and trade. Their top priority is to keep terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States.

At the nation’s more than 300 ports of entry, CBP officers have a complex mission with broad law enforcement authorities tied to screening all foreign visitors, returning American citizens and imported cargo that enters the U.S.

Along the nation’s borders, the United States Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations are the uniformed law enforcement arms of CBP responsible for securing U.S. borders between ports of entry.

The following is a summary of CBP enforcement actions related to inadmissibles, apprehensions, arrests of individuals with criminal convictions, individuals who have been apprehended multiple times crossing the border illegally, currancy and drug seizures.

Visit CBP’s Southwest Border Migration page for demographic information regarding apprehensions and inadmissibles on the southwest border and the Use of Force page for use-of-force statistics and case summaries.

“We are taking aggressive action to mitigate the crisis, and protect vulnerable people in our custody by expanding medical care, creating temporary facilities, improving transportation, using additional resources from across DHS while seeking continued support from interagency partners throughout the Federal government,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan while recently visiting McAllen Texas.

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions FY 2019

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions FY 2019

USBP Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP Total
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Child 4,966 5,259 4,753 5,107 6,818 8,968 8,900 11,507 56,278
Family Units* 23,116 25,164 27,507 24,189 36,531 53,208 58,724 84,542 332,981
Single Adult 22,926 21,433 18,488 18,684 23,535 30,664 31,680 36,838 204,248
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 51,008 51,856 50,748 47,980 66,884 92,840 99,304 132,887 593,507

*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 May, 132,887 people were apprehended between ports of entry on the Southwest Border, compared with 99,304 in the month of April and 92,840 in March. In FY18, a total of 396,579 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border.

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

Office of Field Operations Southwest Border Inadmissibles FY 2019

Field Operations Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP Total
Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Child 453 404 350 408 426 424 385 386 3,236
Family Units* 4,178 4,986 4,382 4,213 4,210 4,214 3,633 4,134 33,950
Single Adults 5,052 5,146 5,213 5,617 4,937 6,160 6,060 6,799 44,984
Accompanied Minor Child** 86 70 81 70 76 91 92 72 638
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles 9,769 10,606 10,026 10,308 9,649 10,889 10,170 11,391 82,808

*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.

**Accompanied Minor Child represents a child accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and the parent or legal guardian is either a U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, or admissible alien, and the child is determined to be inadmissible.

In May, 11,391 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible, compared with 10,170 in the month of April and 10,889 in March. In FY18, 124,511 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible.

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.

BY SECTOR: Southwest Border Family Unit Subject, Unaccompanied Alien
Children and Single Adult Apprehensions Fiscal Year 2019 – By Month

FMUA: Family Unit Apprehensions
UAC: Unaccompanied Alien Children
SA: Single Adult
FMUA UAC SA TOTAL
Sector FY 2019 MAY
FY 2019 MAY
FY 2019 MAY
FY 2019 MAY
Big Bend, Texas
732 117 706 1,555
Del Rio, Texas
5,272 571 2,719 8,562
El Centro 576 239 2,670 3,485
El Paso, Texas
29,832 3,255 5,543 38,630
Laredo, Texas
110 266 3,736 4,112
Rio Grande, Texas
33,960 4,877 11,018 49,855
San Diego, California
1,366 309 4,211 5,886
Tucson, Arizona
1,773 511 4,593 6.877
Yuma, Arizona
10,921 1,362 1,642 13,925
Southwest Border Total 84,542 11,507 36,838 132,887
Last modified: June 5, 2019

U.S. Border Patrol Southwest Border Apprehensions by Sector Fiscal Year 2019
Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year To Date 2019 compared to Fiscal Year To Date 2018.
Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions by Sector
Sector FY18TD MAY FY19TD MAY % Change
FY18TD MAY to FY19TD MAY
Big Bend 828 525 -37%
Del Rio 862 2,279 164%
El Centro 1,708 2,106 23%
El Paso 3,141 13,284 323%
Laredo 1,929 1,860 -4%
Rio Grande 14,822 23,944 62%
San Diego 1,488 2,664 79%
Tucson 3,565 3,644 2%
Yuma 3,949 5,972 51%
USBP Southwest Border Total 32,292 56,278 74%

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Southwest Border Family Unit* Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year To Date 2019 compared to Fiscal Year To Date 2018.

Family Unit* Apprehensions by Sector
Sector FY18TD MAY FY19TD MAY % Change
FY18TD MAY to FY19TD MAY
Big Bend 543 1,600 195%
Del Rio 1,509 17,112 1,034%
El Centro 1,611 7,161 345%
El Paso 4,733 104,131 2,100%
Laredo 361 695 93%
Rio Grande 36,773 135,812 269%
San Diego 1,995 14,194 611%
Tucson 2,806 10,051 258%
Yuma 8,775 42,225 381%
USBP Southwest Border Total 59,106 332,981 463%

*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 Single Adult Apprehensions

Comparisons below reflect Fiscal Year To Date 2019 compared to Fiscal Year To Date 2018.

Single Adult Apprehensions by Sector
Sector FY18TD MAY FY19TD MAY % Change
FY18TD MAY to FY19TD MAY
Big Bend 4,713 4,371 -7%
Del Rio 7,766 13,233 70%
El Centro 15,284 16,098 5%
El Paso 9,282 19,507 110%
Laredo 19,625 23,655 21%
Rio Grande 48,240 63,507 32%
San Diego 21,859 26,297 20%
Tucson 29,751 31,167 5%
Yuma 4,263 6,413 50%
USBP Southwest Border Total 160,783 204,248 27%

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Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions by Country

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2014 – 2018 and 2019 TD.

Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions by Country
Country FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19TD MAY
El Salvador 16,404 9,389 17,512 9,143 4,949 8,272
Guatemala 17,057 13,589 18,913 14,827 22,327 24,638
Honduras 18,244 5,409 10,468 7,784 10,913 14,785
Mexico 15,634 11,012 11,926 8,877 10,136 7,013

Southwest Border Family Unit* Apprehensions by Country

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2016 – 2018 and 2019 TD

Family Units* Apprehensions by Country
Country FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19TD MAY
El Salvador 27,114 24,122 13,669 35,412
Guatemala 23,067 24,657 50,401 149,081
Honduras 20,226 22,366 39,439 129,186
Mexico 3,481 2,271 2,261 2,668

*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 Single Adult Apprehensions by Country

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Years 2016 – 2018 and 2019 TD

Single Adult Apprehensions by Country
Country FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19TD MAY
El Salvador 27,222 16,495 12,751 14,183
Guatemala 32,621 26,387 42,994 37,281
Honduras 22,258 17,110 26,161 31,671
Mexico 175,353 116,790 139,860 98,798

Southwest Border Family Unit Subject, Unaccompanied Alien Children, and Single Adult Apprehensions Fiscal Year 2019 – By Month

FMUA:   Family Unit Apprehensions
UAC:      Unaccompanied Alien Children
SA:         Single Adult

Total CBP Enforcement Actions

Numbers below reflect Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and FY 2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY17 FY18 FY19TD
Office of Field Operations (OFO)
Total Inadmissibles1 216,370 279,036 188,447
U.S. Border Patrol
Total Apprehensions2 310,531 404,142 598,714
Total Enforcement Actions 526,901 683,178 787,161

1Inadmissibles refers to 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. 2Apprehensions refers to the physical control or temporary detainment of a person who is not lawfully in the U.S. which may or may not result in an arrest.

Arrests of Individuals with Criminal Convictions or Those Wanted by Law Enforcement

Numbers below reflect FY 2017-2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY17 FY18 FY19TD
OFFICE OF FIELD OPERATIONS
Criminal Aliens3 Encountered 10,596 13,788 8,194
NCIC4 Arrests 7,656 5,889 1,373
U.S. BORDER PATROL
Criminal Aliens3 Encountered 8,531 6,698 3,289
Criminal Aliens with Outstanding Wants or Warrants 2,675 1,550 2,858

3Criminal Aliens refers to aliens who have been convicted of crime, whether in the United States or abroad, so long as the conviction is for conduct which is deemed criminal by the United States. Criminal aliens encountered at ports of entry are inadmissible, absent extenuating circumstances, and represent a subset of total OFO inadmissibles. U.S. Border Patrol arrests of criminal aliens are a subset of total apprehensions. See U.S. Border Patrol Criminal Alien Statistics for a breakdown of criminal alien stats by type of conviction. 4NCIC (National Crime Information Center) arrests refers to the number of CBP arrests of individuals, including U.S. citizens, who are wanted by other law enforcement agencies.
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Office of Field Operations Nationwide Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015-2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19TD
Amount (USD) $75,964,824 $62,101,328 $65,002,856 $64,741,939 $50,367,881

Nationwide Monthly Office of Field Operations Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2015-2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY 18 FY 19
October $4,190,389
November $4,360,341
December $4,428,486
January $7,825,634
February $5,574,578
March $5,533,607
April $13,732,889
May $4,721,957
June
July
August
September
Total $50,367,881

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Currency Seizures (October 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019)

FY 15 FY 16 FY 17 FY 18 FY 19 TD
Amount (USD) $4,741,288 $7,924,537 $5,869,004 $7,176,142 $2,959,846

Monthly U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Checkpoint Currency Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY18 to FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY 18 FY 19
October $35,829 $49,247
November $26,285 $51,269
December $2,822 $63,697
January $203,213 $59,857
February $117,933 $103,982
March $157,669 $110,924
April $17,913 $15,016
May $256,033 $129,766
June $31,494
July $14,339
August $169,592
September $80,358
Total $1,113,480 $583,758

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Office of Field Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures

Numbers below reflect FY 2014-2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

FY 14 FY 15 FY 16 FY 17 FY 18 FY 19 TD
Cocaine 45,323 38,346 52,838 62,415 51,713 38,183
Heroin 4,356 6,023 4,224 3,398 5,205 3,129
Marijuana 438,146 602,821 516,122 366,627 300,289 159,842
Methamphetamine 19,613 25,495 33,086 46,247 56,362 38,895
Fentanyl  n/a 70 596 1,875 1,785 1,703

*weights are in pounds (lb)

Monthly Office of Field Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures
(October 1, 2018 to May 31
, 2019)

Cocaine Heroin Marijuana Methamphetamine Fentanyl Other
October 3,156 469 8,808 3,900 133 17,160
November 4,128 334 29,828 3,691 113 9,291
December 6,703 321 24,474 3,486 76 8,396
January 2,407 273 11,324 4,405 343 13,166
February 9,215 320 21,636 5,509 120 15,454
March 5,872 493 25,506 5,846 245 8,195
April 1,413 501 17,040 5,935 224 14,804
May 5,287 418 21,227 6,123 450 12,903

*weights are in pounds (lb)

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Drug Seizures
(October 1, 2018 to May 31
, 2019)

FY 14 FY 15 FY 16 FY 17 FY 18 FY 19 TD
Cocaine 4,554 11,220 5,473 9,346 6,550 9,675
Heroin 606 518 566 953 568 411
Marijuana 1,922,545 1,538,307 1,294,052 861,231 461,030 186,895
Methamphetamine 3,930 6,443 8,224 10,328 11,314 8,719
Fentanyl  n/a n/a 105 181 388 144

*weights are in pounds (lb)

Monthly U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Checkpoint Drug Seizures
(October 1, 2018 to May 31
, 2019)

Cocaine Heroin Marijuana Methamphetamine Fentanyl Other
October 121 1 1,546 600 0 4
November 48 15 1,180 473 15 5
December 140 5 2,460 258 0 422
January 259 3 2,802 542 16 5
February 197 44 3,929 646 20 52
March 87 2 2,197 324 1 16
April 368 128 1,758 349 19 4
May 133 25 980 2,079 0 7

*weights are in pounds (lb)

U.S. Border Patrol Nationwide Apprehensions by Gang Affiliation

Numbers below reflect FY2015-2018 totals, FY 2019 TD (to date) (October 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019)

Gang Affiliation FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19TD
107th St 0 0 0 1 0
18th Street 84 47 61 145 117
Angelino Heights Sureno 13 0 0 1 0 0
Bandidos 0 4 0 0 0
Barrio Azteca 6 0 3 4 0
Barrio Van Nuys 0 0 0 0 1
Border Brothers 0 0 0 1 1
Brown Pride 0 0 0 0 0
Chirizos 0 0 0 1 0
Folk Nation 0 1 0 0 0
Hard Times 13 0 1 0 0 0
Hells Angels 0 0 0 0 1
Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos (HPL) 2 18 3 2 2
Latin Kings 16 0 6 7 17
Locos Surenos Trece 0 1 0 1 0
Los Traviosos 0 0 0 0 1
Los Zetas 0 1 0 0 0
MS-13 335 253 228 413 319
Mara 18 0 0 0 1 1
Mara-R 0 0 1 1 0
Market Street 0 0 0 0 1
Maravilla Salva Trucha 0 1 0 2 0
Mexican Mafia 4 6 4 3 6
Mexicles 0 0 0 0 0
Mexikanemi 2 0 3 0 0
Nortenos 14 5 6 5 5
Other 154 136 90 82 75
Outlaws 0 0 0 0 0
Paisas 73 119 53 62 64
Partido Revolucionario Mexican (PRM) 0 0 0 0 1
Playboys 0 1 0 0 0
South Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0
Surenos (sur-13) 140 90 66 66 56
Tango Blast 14 16 8 8 14
Texas Syndicate 0 3 1 1 2
Vallucos 0 0 0 0 1
Vilanos-13 0 0 0 1 0
West Park 0 0 1 0 0
Zetas 0 0 1 1 0
Total 844 702 536 808 685

U.S. Border Patrol Recidivism Rates

FY 14 FY 15 FY 16 FY 17 FY 18
Recidivism5 14% 14% 12% 10% 11%

5Recidivism refers to percentage of individuals apprehended more than one time by the Border Patrol within a fiscal year.

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