/ Modified aug 7, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Apprehension of Lone Minors Down 4% in Tucson, Up in Texas

More than 57,000 in all along border; data show increase in 'family units' caught crossing illegally in Southern Arizona.

Listen

LISTEN

Apprehensions of unaccompanied children fell 4 percent in the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector in the first nine months of the federal fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Thursday.

For the same period, they rose in other border areas, especially Texas, the report said.

From Oct. 1 to June 30, agents apprehended 6,945 underage migrants crossing the border without adult relatives in Southern Arizona. That was down from 7,254 apprehended in the same period last fiscal year, the report showed.

Most unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S illegally during the recent influx were in the Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector in Texas.

That sector had a 189 percent increase from last year, data showed.

Overall, the report said, 57,525 unaccompanied minors were taken into custody along the U.S.-Mexican border in the nine months, up 106 percent from the same period a year earlier. More than 40,000 were caught in the Rio Grande Valley.

Tucson’s sector, which spans 262 miles of the border, experienced 46 percent more apprehensions of women and children traveling together, what the agency calls “family units.”

Border Crisis
For more coverage of the ongoing border crisis, please click here.
Read More
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona