Increasing Numbers of Unaccompanied Alien Children at the Southwest Border [Updated June 29, 2021] [open pdf - 812KB]
"In just the first eight months of FY2021, the number of encounters (apprehensions or expulsions) of unaccompanied alien children [hyperlink] (UAC) at the U.S.-Mexico border with the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has exceeded the previous fiscal year peak [hyperlink] that occurred in FY2019. While the number of UAC encounters declined substantially from FY2019 to FY2020, in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have rapidly increased since February 2021 [hyperlink]. March 2021 UAC encounters (18,724) were the highest monthly total on record. Subsequent monthly figures have declined somewhat but are expected to continue at the current elevated rate [hyperlink] for the rest of FY2021."
CRS Insight, IN11638
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