Assault against border patrol agents on the rise; 179% increase since October

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Along the US-Mexico border border patrol agents report assaults on agents have increased dramatically this year.

Assault against border patrol agents are on the rise with a 179% increase since October.

Risks On the Border increase with heavy human and drug trafficking assaults are now more than ever complicating the jobs of agents attacks including the use of weapons in close quarter combat.

“The last couple of weeks we’ve had incidents of rock throwing and of course we’ve had agents with been fired upon from the Mexican side.” – Marlen Castro

Those most likely to be targeted are usually agents is stationed near the Rio Grande.

“We do assign more agents to the area and we have them paired up so we can help each other out.” – Marlen Castro

The relationship with Mexican authorities is important to maintain security for Citizens and officials on both sides of the Border.

“You have smugglers, human and narcotic, that get a little desperate. They want to do what they can to secure their financial gain.” – Marlen Castro

In the past two weeks border patrol agents have been attacked from the Mexican side of the border at least six different times.

The agency asked that anyone who witnesses suspicious activity report it at +1-800-863-9382.

Assault against border patrol agents on the rise; 179% increase since October

About The Author

Maricela De La Cruz

Maricela De La Cruz is a reporter with Fox News and sister-station Univision Valle del Rio Grande. Born and raised in Mission, TX she joined the Fox/Univision news team in March 2012. Maricela graduated from The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, where she studied Broadcast Journalism. She is passionate about giving a voice to those who need it as well as reporting fairly and accurately about the issues that impact this border community and its residents. As a Valley native, Maricela takes great pride in being able to use journalism as a way to empower local residents through information.


  1. It looks like this picture is being taken from a park on the USA side at a park on the Mexican side. The human traffickers in this area are all controlled by the Cartels, and they are getting nervous that the world is going change in a big way, which will negatively effect their incomes. As in any criminal element like the Cartels, they usually react with violence, both against each other on the Mexico side and as we are seeing more and more against our law enforcement, on the USA side. The Cartels have been used to getting their way on the border for the last 5 to 10 years, and have been able to keep the human trafficking masked by the movement of people that just want to immigrate. This masking allows for many on our side to claim they are just trying to let the children across, or putting families back together. In reality the Cartels rely on the illegal movement of people across the border for both cash flow, ready mules to take over the drugs to the USA, and to keep the Border Patrol busy with the people so more drugs can make it north. In the past in was almost a rule of business that you did not shoot at or around USA Law Enforcement on the USA side, so you did not bring on the wrath of the US Law Enforcement, but as the percent of increase shows, this is changing. The Cartels feel we are already surging to stop the border traffic, so what more can we do, so it would appear a sort of skirmish type of border war is developing. Dangerous for our Law Enforcement but also for the innocents on both sides of the border. Shots fired from Mexico can reach well into small towns on the other side of the border. Since the Cartels are not so worried about innocents on our side, them firing into the USA is not really a big concern, our Law Enforcement firing back is a problem that we will have to develop answers for.

  2. Well then it’s time they do something about it.


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