aside Customs Border Protection Statistics Regarding Immigration At SW US Border Before 6/20/18

Source for below information which includes enforcement statistics for Customs and Border Protection’s actions and the Zero Tolerance Rules that the CBP agents were required to follow plus the instructions that were supposed to be presented to families:

CBP Enforcement Statistics FY2018 | U.S. Customs and Border/ Last Update June 15, 2018


Numbers below reflect FY2016 and FY2017 totals, FY2018TD (October 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018)

FY2016 FY2017 FY2018TD
Total Inadmissibles1 274,821 199,844 153,489
Total Apprehensions2 415,816 310,531 256,857
Total Enforcement Actions 690,637 487,481 410,346

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.


Southwest Border Migration FY2018

During the month of May, CBP saw a slight 1.9 percent increase overall when compared to April, but a 160 percent increase compared to May 2017.

The number of Family Units increased by 435 percent and the number of unaccompanied children (UAC) increased by 329 percent compared to May 2017.

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U.S. Border Patrol Apprehensions FY2018 YTD (October 1 – May 31)

Southwest Border UAC 3,153 3,975 4,063 3,207 3,122 4,145 4,302 6,405 32,372
Family Units 4,837 7,016 8,120 5,654 5,475 8,873 9,653 9,485 59,113
Southwest Border Total Apprehensions 25,483 29,086 28,998 25,978 26,665 37,385 38,278 40,344 252,187

Tables are accurate as of 6/1/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In May a total of 40,344 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border, compared with 38,278 in April and 37,385 in March. 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 – May 31)

Field Operations Demographic OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY Total
Southwest Border UAC 629 672 905 686 587 1,057 1,015 830 6,319
Family Units 3,230 3,680 4,906 3,562 3,941 5,162 5,445 4,718 34,650
Southwest Border Total Inadmissibles 9,360 9,912 11,511 9,839 10,020 12,913 12,690 11,568 87,800

Tables are accurate as of 6/5/18, totals change as data is adjudicated.

In May, 11,568 people presenting themselves at ports of entry on the Southwest Border were deemed inadmissible compared to 12,690 in April, and 12,913 in March. 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

Last modified:  June 20, 2018

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Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions-Family Fact Sheet

The risks of crossing the Rio Grande and desert terrain, or hiding in stash houses or tractor trailers, are high for adults and even more deeply concerning for children.  Individuals who seek to enter the United States should do so at ports of entry.

The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry.

Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

The information below provides information about:

  • Care for children
  • Family communication processes
  • The removal process

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Prosecution/Removal Proceedings

Individuals who are apprehended by Border Patrol are taken to stations for processing.

  • All individuals, including both adults and children, provide biographical information and, in many cases, fingerprints.
  • Border Patrol agents enter information into appropriate electronic systems of records, including information about the claimed or confirmed family relationship.

Individuals who are believed to have committed any crime, including illegal entry, will be referred to the Department of Justice and presented before a federal judge.

After the conclusion of any criminal case, individuals will be transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for appropriate immigration proceedings.

Any individual processed for removal, including those who are criminally prosecuted for illegal entry, may seek asylum or other protection available under law.

Alien children may also present an individual claim for asylum and depending on the circumstances, may undergo separate immigration proceedings.

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Communication and Coordination for Families

Children in HHS ORR custody are provided with appropriate care, including medical care, mental health care, and educational programs. Children are normally held in a temporary shelter or hosted by an appropriate family.

While in HHS care, ORR begins the process of locating a sponsor for the child for discharge from federal custody.

  • A sponsor can be a parent, adult sibling, relative, or appropriate home that meets criteria for the safety of the child and continuation of any immigration proceedings.  A parent who is prosecuted and later released can be a sponsor and ask HHS to release his or her child back into his or her custody.
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, 90 percent of the children were released to a sponsor who was either a parent or close relative.

HHS and DHS work to facilitate communication between detained parents and their children in HHS care.

  • ICE is dedicating a facility as its primary family reunification and removal center.
  • Parents and legal guardians who have been criminally prosecuted and are awaiting removal will normally be detained there.
  • All ICE facility staff who interact with parents will receive trauma-informed care training.
  • ICE is augmenting mental health care staffing, to include trained clinical staff, to provide mental health services to detained parents who have been separated from their children.
  • ICE will work with detained parents to provide regular communication with their children through video teleconferencing, phone, and tablets.

HHS and ICE can take steps to facilitate family reunification for purposes of removal, consistent with federal law where the parent or legal guardian is capable of providing for the physical and mental well-being of the child and comports with the wishes of the parent or legal guardian.

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Contact Information

For assistance in locating child(ren), individuals may contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement by calling 1-800-203-7001, email, or visit  Individuals should provide the child’s full name, date of birth, and country of origin, as well as the alien registration number (A number), if available.  Operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and speak both Spanish and English.  If calling from an ICE detention facility, dial 699# on the free call platform.

For information about an immigration case or the process for reunifying with child(ren), individuals can call the ICE hotline at 1-888-351-4024, email, or visit  If calling from an ICE detention facility, call using speed dial 9116# on the free call platform.  ICE is committed to connecting family members as quickly as possible after separation so that parents know the location of their children and have regular communication with them. ICE has posted information in all longer-term facilities with this information.

Information on the location of ICE detainees is available at

Information provided to individuals while in CBP’s custody may be found here: Next Steps for Families.

Last modified:
June 15, 2018


  1. Thanks, Gronda for another great post with vital information. Someone should also advise Melania Trump not to wear that coat again with the message, “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” on the back in large print. I’d call that a mixed message if there ever was one. —- Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      Yesterday was hotter than Hades in the USA. There was only one reason for Melania to be wearing that jacket as she walked on the tarmac to climb up the steps to enter the plane which I am guessing is a bit chilly, was to send a message to someone.

      I’ve given Melania the benefit of the doubt because all of us have known decent women who are married to a flawed man. But after seeing her wearing that jacket which was a way of saying f**k you after her day of meetings over a serious subject regarding the children having been separated from parents seeking asylum at the sw US border, I am no longer being so generous.

      She was selfishly thinking about her own circumstances instead of the families who have just had their lives torn apart by the actions of her husband.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for sharing this post via your reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda


  2. You’re more than welcome, Gronda. I’ve been thinking about this problem of getting the children being held back with the parents. I seem to remember reading about a solution the Jews used to find relatives after WWII. They formed a database of pictures of missing relatives with any data they had available. Any Jew could look through that database to try and find relatives. Why couldn’t that be done to match children with parents in this case? If the parent found the child they were sure was theirs on the database a DNA test could be done to make sure. If it matched the parent and child could be reunited. —- Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I think your idea is terrific. Others are coming up with suggestions that could work. One woman was able to file a suit to get her child back. There could be a class action suit.

      A legal service in TX representing 300 parents have been able to locate 2 children. Something major has to be done.

      Hugs, Gronda


  3. That’s great to hear. At least it’s a beginning and should be done fast before it becomes even more difficult. It’ll be harder if parents are deported before being reunited with their children. —- Suzanne

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