According to new government numbers, assaults on ICE agents at the border has hit a record high.
Assaults on ICE agents reached a decade high in 2017, and assaults on Border Patrol agents have also surged in recent years, according to new government numbers that seem to back up agentsâ€™ claims that illegal immigrants are increasingly looking to fight rather than flee.
The new numbers, reported by Homeland Securityâ€™s inspector general, could even be underselling the problem, investigators said, because the government doesnâ€™t do a good job of tracking incidents, and agents and officers donâ€™t always report them properly.
But the report does signal renewed danger particularly on the southwest border, where agents say a surge in illegal immigration in recent years generally correlates with growing violence
Prosecutors, meanwhile, often refuse to bring charges or win cases against the perpetrators, the audit found.
At the border, the most frequent method of attack was projectiles â€” usually large rocks â€” which accounted for half of assaults. But bombs, clubs, knives, guns and even laser pointers to blind agents have all been used.
Most of the injuries were minor and didnâ€™t require treatment, the audit found.
The report goes on…..
Last year was the most violent this decade at the border, with 28 assaults per every 10,000 apprehensions.
In the interior, meanwhile, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers sawÂ 48 assaults in 2017, tying 2010 as the highest in records going back to the beginning of the decade
That was nearly double the number from 2016.
ICE officers, who handle deportations, and Border Patrol agents, who patrol the line between the U.S. and Mexico, say theyâ€™ve seen an increasing willingness on the part of migrants to resort to violence in recent years.
It is unclear why these aliens have become more violent but one might be the Anti-ICE rhetoric that has come from the left.