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Statement from DHS Press Secretary on April Border Numbers

On May 4, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for April:

"The recently released April 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers underscore the continuing security crisis along our southwest border.  The number of illegal border crossers increased in April from the previous month, and more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States. 

"If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.  DHS has zero tolerance for those who break the law and will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution.  Whether you are a single adult or an adult member of a family unit, if you are apprehended you will be prosecuted and put in removal proceedings.

"DHS has significantly increased our referral rates to the Department of Justice for illegal border crossers when compared to the same time period in FY 2017.  DHS and DOJ have taken recent steps to surge the necessary resources – such as asylum officers, immigration judges, prosecutors, and ICE attorneys – to promptly adjudicate cases through our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution. 

"To those seeking to abuse our generous laws – we are watching.  We will not sit back and watch our laws exploited.  If you make a false immigration claim, you will be referred for prosecution.  If you assist or coach individuals in making false immigration claims, you will be referred for prosecution." 




CBP’s Southwest Border Migration Numbers for April can be found here.


Southwest Border Migration FY2018

During the month of April, CBP saw a slight increase overall when compared to March, but a 223 percent increase compared to April 2017.

The number of Family Units increased by 8 percent and the number of unaccompanied children (UAC) increased by 2 percent compared to last month.

FY18YTD Migration

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2018 YTD (October 1 - April 30)

Southwest BorderUAC3,1533,9774,0663,2113,1274,1534,31426,001
Family Units4,8377,0168,1205,6545,4758,8739,64749,622
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions25,48229,08428,99825,97826,66237,38338,234211,821

Tables are accurate as of 5/1/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In April a total of 38,234 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 37,383 in March and 26,662 in February. 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 - April 30)

Field OperationsDemographicOCTNOVDECJANFEBMARAPRTotal
Southwest BorderUAC6296729056865871,0571,0154,605
Family Units3,2303,6804,9063,5623,9415,1625,44524,446
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles9,3609,91211,5119,83910,02012,91312,69063,556

Tables are accurate as of 5/2/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In April, 12,690 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 12,913 in March, and 10,020 in February. 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


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