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Reported Rise in Attacks on Border Patrol Agents

5 years 6 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 21 2017 Mar 21, 2017 March 21, 2017 12:44 PM March 21, 2017 in News

WESLACO – Attacks on Border Patrol agents patrolling along the river are reportedly up.

The Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that in the past two weeks, Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have had rocks and other projectiles thrown at them six different times.

They said the items being thrown are coming from people on the Mexican side of the river.

A majority of these incidents have taken place in the McAllen and Rio Grande City areas of responsibility for agents patrolling on the river itself.

McAllen Station Patrol Agent in Charge Melissa Lucio sent the following statement:

“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. Our priority is to ensure that everybody is safe and that we have an appropriate response to assaults on our agents.”

CBP said that from the recent incidents no one has been injured, but a couple of the boats have sustained damage.

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