99,580 'Other Than Mexican' Families, Children Apprehended on Southwest Border So Far in FY 2015

By Penny Starr | August 12, 2015 | 9:37 AM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 99,580 ‘Other Than Mexican’ families and unaccompanied children along the U.S. border with Mexico so far through June of fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).

“Other Than Mexican” refers to all illegal aliens apprehended on the border that are from countries other than Mexico.

A spokesperson for the CBP told CNSNews.com that a “family unit” refers to “a parent traveling with a child.” The children without a parent are indentified in the statistics as Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17).

According to DHS’s end of year statistics for 2014, “While Border Patrol apprehensions of Mexican nationals in FY 2014 decreased by 14 percent from FY 2013, apprehensions of individuals from countries other than Mexico, predominately from Central America, increased by 68 percent.”

A May 2, 2014 Congressional Research Service report includes an analysis of “Apprehensions of Nationals for Countries other than Mexico.”

“Apprehensions increased significantly, by 217%, from FY2011 to FY2013. The most recent spike in apprehensions can be attributed to an increase in nationals coming from three Western hemisphere nations,” the report states.

The CRS report notes that those nations are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.