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Border Patrol Assaults Reach Record High This Fiscal Year

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has been an especially dangerous year to be a Border Patrol agent.

This fiscal year, a record-high 671 agents have been assaulted while working, according to new government data obtained by the Washington Examiner

The total assaults at the Customs and Border Protection’s three branches –  Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations and Office Field Operations. – were 720, compared to 585 last fiscal year.

The attacks most often target Border Patrol agents, who saw assaults increase 167% since the same period last year. 

The Examiner wrote:

Despite the increasing rate of assaults on immigration and customs officials, the agency is using force against attackers at a lower rate than last year. Officers from all three agencies used force in 416 instances in the current fiscal year compared to 543 times in the same time frame a year earlier. The majority of those instances did not involve firearms.

Assaults have been on the rise since earlier this year and surpassed last year’s total number of attacks in the first eight months of fiscal year 2017.

The number of illegal immigrants apprehended at the border fell in the first few months of President Trump’s presidency, but has increased over the last several months.

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Attacks on Border Patrol Agents Increased 179% Over Past 5 Months

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are increasingly becoming victims of violence, according to new data from Homeland Security.

From Oct. 1, 2016, to Feb. 28, 2017, attacks against agents increased 179% from the same period last year, KXAN.com reports.

“We are becoming more effective in dealing with the increase in assaults and flow of traffic, we’re making sure our agents are prepared to address any tactics and/or force that is used against us,” said McAllen Station Patrol Agent in Charge Melissa Lucio. “Our priority is to ensure that everybody is safe and that we have an appropriate response to assaults on our agents.”

The attacks involved weapons, projectiles and close-quarters fighting.

Southwestern Ranchers Say Border Patrol Won’t Protect Them from Smugglers, Others

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Southwestern ranchers are complaining that Border Patrol isn’t doing enough to protect them from smugglers and others who illegally cross the Mexican border.

The Associated Press reports that ranchers vented their frustrations during a conference of western sheriffs in Arizona.

Ranchers said they won’t even call Border Patrol anymore because they know no one will help.

Border Patrol countered that steps are being taken to improve safety.

“We want to do everything we can to stop it. We have a difference of opinion on how we do that, but this situation is not OK,” Paul Beeson, the commander for the CPB Joint Field Command in Arizona, said.

Less Marijuana But More Dangerous Drugs Seized by Border Patrol This Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A lot less marijuana was seized this fiscal year by the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego, but the agency has seen a sizable increase in the amount of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin confiscated, KPBS reports.

Leaders at the San Diego sector said the seizures represent a tighter security.

“I am very pleased with our progress within San Diego sector’s area of responsibility,” said Chief Patrol Agent Paul Beeson in a statement. “The level of border security achieved over the years has resulted in an increase in the quality of life along the border as noted by the development of housing, shopping malls, small businesses and community infrastructure.”

Although marijuana seizures were down, it remained the most popular drug by weight. Agents seized 17,497 pounds of marijuana, 1,697 pounds of cocaine, 2,880 ounces of heroin and 1,797 pounds of meth.

The agency also arrested nearly 30,000 people for entering the country illegally during the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

Number of Migrant Children, Families Crossing into U.S. Declines Sharply

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of migrant children and families from Central American crossing the border in the U.S. has dropped significantly since the crisis this summer, the Arizona Republic reports.

The number of crossings have dropped to the lowest level this year, Customs and Border Protection said.

The crossings peaked in June but began to fell because of the media attention.

In September, agents apprehended 2,402 unaccompanied children, compared to 10,622 in June. That’s a 77% decline.

The number of families taken into custody also declined sharply.

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Man Following Scuffle in Southern Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man in southern Arizona following a struggle between the pair, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities were tracking a group of people Thursday night on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

While two of the suspect were apprehended, a third escaped. He was found under a mesquite tree and began fighting the agent and trying to steal his gun, the AP wrote.

The man is believed to be in his 20s. He died at the scene, the AP reported.

The shooting is under investigation.

Michigan Muslims Sue FBI over Allegations of Profiling at Border

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The tension between federal law enforcement and the Muslim community here continues to ebb and flow.  On Friday, it was flowing.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) was scheduled on Friday in Detroit to announce  that it is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and the FBI, claiming Muslims have been unfairly detained and questioned about religious beliefs at and inside the U.S.-Canada border, according to a press release distributed by the PR Newswire.

The suit, the press release says, represents 4 U.S. citizens who claim they were cuffed and questioned without cause by CPB and FBI agents. Questions included:

“How many times a day do you pray?”

“Do you pray your morning prayer in the mosque?”

“Who else prays in your mosque?”

CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement issued on Thursday: “Invasive religious questioning of American citizens without evidence of criminal activity is not only an affront to the Constitution but is also a waste of limited resources.”

Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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