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    Assaults On Border Patrol Agents On Rise

    Assaults On Border Patrol Agents On Rise
    Daniel Novick-KFOX News Reporter

    UPDATED: 10:13 pm MST January 27, 2008

    EL PASO, Texas -- The Border Patrol said you can draw a direct correlation between how many Border Patrol agents are being attacked and the increase in security along the border.

    It was business as usual at Border Patrol Headquarters in El Paso on Sunday, but the agents worked with heavy hearts.

    "It's a tragedy, first and foremost, and we all feel that, particularly in this case where you have an agent who's from the El Paso area," said Doug Mosier with Border Patrol.

    As KFOX has reported, Border Patrol agent Luis Aguilar was killed in Yuma, Ariz. on Jan. 19, when Border Patrol officials said, he was struck by a drug smuggler's vehicle. Mosier said incidents like that show that drug smugglers and human traffickers have become desperate and that border security is working.

    "We are starting to see more assaults on agents, and I think clearly it indicates that that's a show of success for those agencies that work along the U.S.-Mexico Border," said Mosier.

    On Sunday, KFOX spoke to border crossers who said they've noticed the increase in attacks on agents.

    "Yes, I feel that there is a lot of violence from what I have seen on TV," said Lourdes Bailon from Juarez.

    "It's obvious that if the more they intercept the more angry the cartels get, and that's why there is more violence against the Border Patrol agents," said Juan Carlos Trevino also from Juarez.

    Trevino believes the Border Patrol must continue working hard, because the drug smugglers will not stop.

    "Those people are always going to try and find new ways to keep trafficking drugs," said Trevino.

    Mosier said a key number to look at in border security is the number of apprehensions. Mosier said the fewer apprehensions the Border Patrol makes, the fewer people that are trying to cross. Since Oct. 1, Mosier told KFOX, they have had 11,191 apprehensions. That's down from 20,881 apprehensions during the same time period a year ago.
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    Border agents face increased violence, injury
    Sean Holstege
    The Arizona Republic
    Jan. 28, 2008 12:00 AM

    Recent attacks on Border Patrol agents near the Arizona-Mexico border reflect a yearlong trend of escalating violence faced by agents, authorities say.

    Late last week, an unidentified agent stopped a truck northwest of Douglas after a report of illegal immigrants crossing the border. According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the agent somehow got caught in the truck's door and was dragged 20 feet.

    The agent shot the driver in the left thigh, authorities said. The agent was treated and released from a Douglas hospital. The driver was airlifted to a Tucson hospital.

    That followed the Jan. 19 death of Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, who was killed when the driver of a Humvee struck him in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. Three days later, Mexican authorities arrested a man they believe to be the killer hiding in a cemetery 230 miles away in the Sonoran hamlet of Yaqui.

    "The smugglers are getting more brazen. They don't want to lose their loads. They'll do whatever they have to," said Border Patrol Agent Jesus Rodriguez "They continue to use vehicles as a weapon."

    Border Patrol statistics show that attacks on agents along the Mexican border increased 34 percent in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with the prior fiscal year, at a time when arrests were down 20 percent.

    Everywhere along the border, the rate of attacks per arrest went up last year, especially in the Yuma area.

    There, agents were attacked 4.6 times for every 1,000 arrests, a more than three-fold jump from the previous year.

    The borderwide average was 1.1 attacks per 1,000 arrests, a 70 percent increase from the year before. The Tucson Sector, the busiest human- and pot-smuggling area of the entire 1,950-mile border, saw a modest increase in violence.

    The Border Patrol, though, hopes the violence may now be on a downward trend. Although the rate of attacks in the Yuma area may have increased since 2007, there were just 19 in the past three months, which is a significant drop from 94 in the last three months of 2006. The Border Patrol attributes the drop, and a corresponding drop in cross-border crossings, to security improvements.

    On Monday, Aguilar will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in El Paso. The suspect in Aguilar's death, Jesus Navarro Montes, told Mexican officials he unintentionally struck the agent because he was trying to evade a barrier. Aguilar was laying a chain of spikes to stop the Hummer.

    Later, the vehicle was found torched in the Baja California city of Mexicali, where Navarro, now 22, lived most recently. He had served a year and a half in a Mexican prison at age 18 for human-smuggling charges.

    The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., said it has not received a request from the U.S. government to extradite Navarro. U.S. officials declined to discuss what they described as an open investigation.
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    I view each attack as an International Incident and the US needs to tell Mexico in no uncertain terms these criminal attacks will be dealth with in whatever method to protect our border agents and our border regardless of the consequences to the smuggler, illegal immigrants or drugs he is smuggling in.

    One more incident, including armed Mexican military and army intrusions onto US soil, and armed to a T US military personnel will be assigned to guard our border.

    Perhaps roadblocks should be set up and each and every van, SUV, trailer and truck heading north should be searched.

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