The mere presence of Donald Trump in the Oval Office has sent illegal immigration numbers plummeting in recent weeks, with border-jumpers becoming more apprehensive by the minute. Under Trump’s administration, deportations have increased, and the the U.S. Border Patrol is hiring at an incredibly swift clip.
All of this has put a serious damper on the ability of illegal immigrants to freely move across the border, bringing with them whatever manner of scheme or scam is inherent in their line of work. Whether it be the occasional “coyote” bringing across a truck full of migrants hellbent on taking a job in America, or drug cartel “mules” wandering through the Texas desert with illegal narcotics for the streets of America, all manner of southern criminal has had their style cramped by Trump’s work.
Some of these border crossers know no other livelihood, and the new security at the border has them lashing out violently against the border agents whose job it is to stop them.
A report published this week reveals that assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents during the first half of the current fiscal year are up 143 percent over the same period in FY 2016. Since the fiscal year began on October 1, 462 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted.
Border Patrol agents are the most assaulted law enforcement officers in the federal government, former Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee in November. Since his testimony, the numbers have skyrocketed.In March alone, illegal aliens, human smugglers, foreign nationals, and American criminals assaulted 49 Border Patrol agents, according to an April 10 CBP report. Breitbart Texas has reported on many of those incidents, some involving serious injuries.
Since October 1, 2016, 462 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted. During the same period in FY 2016 190 agents came under assault. These numbers reflect assaults through March 31, 2017. During that same period, only 30 CBP officers were assaulted.
While these numbers are certainly alarming, it appears that the Trump administration may be working on a solution to the problem.
On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is putting an end to that and directed the Department of Justice to aggressively prosecute assaults on agents. ‘I have directed that all 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices make the prosecution of assault on a federal law enforcement officer — that’s all of you — a top priority,’ the Attorney General told a group of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales, Arizona. ‘If someone dares to assault one of our folks in the line of duty, they will do federal time for it.’
In a memorandum to U.S. Attorneys Offices across the country, Sessions ordered, ‘Prosecution to the extent practicable cases of assault, resisting, or impeding officers engaged in the performance of their duties in administrative and criminal immigration enforcement.'
The border wars are certainly heating up in the era of Donald Trump, with necessary, sweeping changes being made to ensure that the American way of life does not fall victim to illegal immigration.