In February 2016, apprehensions by the Border Patrol on our southwest border – an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally – increased slightly from January, but remained substantially below the month-to-month numbers of apprehensions we saw in the latter part of 2015. The numbers of unaccompanied children and family members remained at the same levels as January, which is greatly reduced from the apprehension numbers at the end of 2015. The overall 10 percent increase from January is due to an increase in apprehensions of single adults, from 17,505 in January to 19,917 in February, 71.5 percent of whom are from Mexico. Notably, one year ago, in February 2015, the number of apprehensions of single adults was 19,950, and in February 2014 the number was 28,277.
Unaccompanied Children (UC)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol acting Chief Ronald Vitiello addresses the role of CBP in the care and placement of unaccompanied alien children who cross the Nation’s Southwest border.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations Executive Associate Director Thomas Homan addresses ICE’s role in addressing issues related to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States.
As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration; if you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values.
Como he dicho en muchas ocasiones, nuestras fronteras no están abiertas a la inmigración ilegal; si usted viene a este país, le enviaremos de vuelta de acuerdo a lo que dictan nuestras leyes y valores.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations Assistant Director of Field Operations Philip Miller reviews ICE’s role in addressing issues related to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate Associate Director Joseph Langlois addresses the Asylum Division’s processing of asylum applications filed by unaccompanied children.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS ) Office of Policy (PLCY) Office of International Affairs Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer Alan Bersin addresses the root causes of Central American migration to the United States.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer Alan Bersin addresses the root causes of Central American migration to the United States
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez addresses the state of the USCIS and critical issues important to the Committee.