December 2018 Southwest Border Enforcement Numbers Released

Border wall
Courtesy of CBP

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the number of enforcement actions at the southwest border for the month of December on Wednesday.

Total Enforcement Actions (individuals apprehended in between the ports of entry and deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry) for the month of December in Fiscal Year 2019 was 60,782.

December marks the third consecutive month of enforcement actions surpassing 60,000.

The United States Border Patrol apprehended 50,753 individuals (83.5% of all enforcement actions) between the ports of entry on the southern border.

The total number of individuals deemed inadmissible for entry at the ports of entry was 10,029.

Due to the lapse in funding, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently unable to publish the enforcement actions for December on its website.

(Video provided by the Yuma Sector Border Patrol shows a group of 108 Central American migrants being dropped over the U.S.-Mexico border wall east of the San Luis Port of Entry in Yuma on Friday, Oct. 19. Courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star and YouTube. Posted on Oct 19, 2018.)

Key statistics:

The total number of family unit aliens (FMUA) apprehended in between the ports of entry and deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry: 31,901

  • In Fiscal Year 2017, CBP averaged 13,210 family units and unaccompanied alien children each month.
    • In Fiscal Year 2019 CBP is now averaging 31,188 a month.
    • That is a 136% increase.
  • The total number of FMUAs apprehended in between the ports of entry was 27,518.
    • December was a record-breaking month for FMUAs apprehended at the border.
  • FMUA apprehensions through December total 75,794 – higher than 5 out of the last 7 years FY totals – exceeding all but FY16 and FY18, but currently tracking 253% higher than FY16 and 280% higher than FY18 for the same time frames.
  • Of FMUA apprehensions in December, 95% are from Northern Triangle. 96% for the first quarter.
    • For the first quarter, 77% of family units are from Guatemala and Honduras alone.
  • This month marks the third time FMUA apprehensions exceeded Single Adult apprehensions.
      • Apprehensions from Guatemala exceeded Mexico for the third consecutive month (only happened four times) and Honduras has exceeded Mexico for the second consecutive month.

The total number of unaccompanied children apprehended in between the ports of entry and deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry: 5,121

  • Total number of unaccompanied children apprehended in between the ports of entry: 4,766
  • Total number of unaccompanied children deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry: 355

The total number of single adults apprehended in between the ports of entry and deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry: 23,682

  • Total enforcement actions for single adults fell by 10.87% in December from November.

(Business Insider reporter and photographer Daniel Brown recently spent a day riding along with US Border Patrol agents and got an inside look at the busiest sector of the US-Mexico border. Courtesy of Business Insider and YouTube. Posted on Jul 3, 2018.)