Statement by Secretary Johnson on Southwest Border Security – 10/17/16

On October 17, 2016, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson released a statement on Southwest Border Security. He states that in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) the total apprehensions by Border Patrol on the U.S.’s southwest border was 408,870. This total represents an increase over FY2015’s number but is lower than FY2014 and FY2013. DHS feels that border apprehensions are an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally. The data indicates that the demographics of illegal migration using the U.S.’s southern border have changed with fewer Mexican Nationals and single adults attempting to illegally cross the border and more Central America families and unaccompanied children fleeing poverty and violence.

 

Southwest Border Apprehensions – FY2013 – FY2016

Category FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016
Unaccompanied children    38,759    68,541    39,970    59,692
Family members    14,855    68,445    39,838    77,674
Individuals    360,783    342,385    251,525    271,504
Total    414,397    479,371    331,333    408,870

 

For further details please review the DHS Press Release, “Statement by Secretary Johnson on Southwest Border Security “.

 

Source of Information:
DHS.gov, 10/17/16, Press Release:
Statement by Secretary Johnson on Southwest Border Security