Off the side of the road on Interstate 10, two U.S. Border Patrol agents were found unconscious and having sustained multiple injuries last November. According to news outlets everywhere, the two agents had been hit with rocks in West Texas.
Right-wing news reports were made that alleged the responsible parties were undocumented immigrants. Donald Trump used this hysteria to help his campaign and again argued for a border wall.
Four months later, the FBI’s investigation into the situation was complete and the FBI found that the death of CBP agent, Martinez, was most likely caused due to an accidental fall.
But, statistics were already showing up that showed a higher number of assaults against Border Patrol agents.
These statistics made no sense and were in direct conflict with statistics that the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the Southern border between Mexico and Texas was decreasing.
In 2016, 454 assaults on CBP agents nationwide were reported by CBP. For 2017, 786 assaults were reported—an increase by 73 percent. But, the number of undocumented immigrants apprehended decreased by over 100,000 the same year.
The 271 additional assaults that were reported in 2017 were alleged to have occurred in the Rio Grande Valley, which is in South Texas. Apparently, many of the assaults even occurred on the same day.
Christiana Coleman, a public affairs spokesperson for CBP, said, “an incident in the Rio Grande Valley Sector on February 14, 2017, involved seven U.S. Border Patrol Agents assaulted by six subjects utilizing three different types of projectiles…totaling 126 assaults.”
This should have been tallied as seven assaults (because there were seven agents), but it was listed as 126 assaults which completely spiked and spewed the data. It looks like 126 agents were assaulted that day, when really, this was far from true.
Moreover, even if the water bottles or rocks that get thrown at agents do not actually hit the agents, the act is still labeled as an assault for reporting purposes.
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