Border Agent Is Attacked In His Vehicle as Border Assaults Rise

Brittany M. Hughes | February 7, 2017
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A California border agent was injured last weekend after he and his vehicle were pelted by rocks thrown across the U.S. Mexico border while on duty.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agent was patrolling the border Saturday and noticed two people approaching the international boundary line from the Mexico side. The next thing he knows, his patrol vehicle is being assailed with rocks, shattering the glass and injuring the agent inside. Unfortunately, his assaulters were able to escape after the incident.

“Despite the glass shattering throughout the truck, the agent was fortunate to only sustain minor injuries. Mexican officials were contacted but both subjects fled the area and could not be located,” CBP added.

Data indicates that border agents have had a much tougher time patrolling the border lately without getting beamed in the head with a brick or jumped by an illegal alien trying to get into the United States. As of Dec. 31, a total of 215 border agents – most of them tasked with patrolling the southwest U.S. boundary – had been assaulted while on duty so far in fiscal year 2017.

That’s a 122 percent increase over the 97 agents who were assaulted between October and December of FY2016.