Border Patrol Under Attack



Recently released data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection reveals that FY 2017 saw a dramatic increase of 847 assaults against Customs and Border Patrol agents and officers compared to 585 in the previous year – an increase of 44.8 percent.

The statistics underscore the importance of keeping law enforcement personnel working along the U.S.- Mexico border safe, particularly after the Nov. 18 death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez in West Texas.  Martinez was found in a concrete culvert known to be used by illegal aliens and cross-border criminals. Martinez suffered extensive head trauma causing his death. His partner – who also suffered injuries during the incident – survived.  It remains unclear at this time whether the death of agent Martinez was the result of the growing violence against law enforcement personnel along the border.  The FBI has increased the reward for information in the death of Martinez, offering $50,000.  The State of Texas is also offering a $20,000 reward for information.

Earlier this week the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector also announced that an agent was assaulted while arresting an illegal alien trying to cross the border in Nogales, Arizona.  According to officials, a 25-year-old Mexican man was scaling the border fence and kicked the agent in the head multiple times while the agent tried to arrest him.  The agent was evaluated at a local hospital for injuries after successfully taking the man into custody who will be charged with assault by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made prosecuting criminal aliens who attack Customs and Border Patrol agents and officers a top priority for the Department of Justice.  “I have directed that all 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices make the prosecution of assault on federal law enforcement officers… a top priority,” Sessions said in April. “If someone dares assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it.”

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Joe Gomez joins FAIR as the organization’s Press Secretary after working as a National Correspondent for NBC News Radio. Joe has spent over a decade working in radio and TV in some of the biggest markets in the country. One of the most transformative moments of his career came while working as an investigative reporter along the Texas / Mexico border. It was during an undercover assignment in Juarez, Mexico (then dubbed the “murder capital” of the world) that Joe realized immigration reform was the single most important issue facing the country.

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    As per the strict activities by US CUSTOM AND BORDER PROTECTION, some of the good agents are being attacked by some illegal aliens. this should not be acceptable.. FORCE should be very very strict, so that these kind of activities stopped …

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