Chief of Border Patrol: Agent Assaults Up 200% This Year

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan stated his agents are being assaulted at extremely high rates this year.

Chief Mark Morgan testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday regarding the conditions on the southern border with Mexico.

“One thing was consistent and abundantly clear. The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol have one of the toughest jobs in federal law enforcement,” Morgan said.

“They are the most assaulted federal law enforcement in the United States, more than 7,400 border patrol agents have been assaulted since 2006,” Morgan told the committee. “That rose in FY16 by 20 percent, and year-to-date, we are seeing an increase in assaults of 200 percent from the previous year-to-date. It’s a dangerous job.”

Morgan also stated that, “Since my short time here, two agents have already been killed.” The agents are dedicated to the mission, this country, themselves, and doing something greater than themselves. I am honored to be serving with them. These are my first most important observations in my first four months here.”

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