18.06.20 Children Separated From Families at Border What We Know

June 21, 2018
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More than 2300 children have been separated from adults who illegally crossed the border.

What do we know about these children? Who are they? And who has come before?

What We Know

“As children are separated from their families, law enforcement agents reclassify them from members of family units to ‘unaccompanied alien children.’ Federal officials said Tuesday that since May, they have separated 2,342 children from their families, rendering them unaccompanied minors in the government’s care.”



Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 19, 2018

Where Are They From?

  • Most current data: Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras & El Salvador (in this order).
  • Majority of families apprehended crossing the border illegally this year are from Guatemala & Honduras.
  • Last year, the majority of unaccompanied children from: Guatemala, El Salvador & Mexico.

Something To Consider

  • Some of the data between U.S. Border Patrol & Office of Refugee Resettlement differs.
  • U.S. Border Patrol deals with apprehensions, Office of Refugee Resettlement cares for children *when they stay in govt custody*.
  • Unaccompanied children = anyone younger than 18.

Age & Gender

  • Most recent data from 2017 for children unaccompanied *or* separated who stayed in govt custody.
  • Majority over the age of 15 (69%).
  • 68% Male_vs. 32% Female.
  • This doesn’t reflect current data on “separated children” but these trends hold for the past 5 years.

How Many “Unaccompanied Alien Children” Have Come?

  • More than 32,000 so far this year (Oct 2017 – May 2018).
  • 2017: 40,631
  • 2016: 58,819
  • 2015: 39,399

Click: Process for UAC 2014

Fingerpointing vs. Facts. We used the only available government data for these cards. Read more for an interesting look at which states have the most sponsor families for these children.

by Jenna Lee,

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