On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee regarding the conditions on the southern border with Mexico.
During Morgan’s opening statement, he painted an unpleasant picture of what U.S. Border Patrol agents face every day.
“One thing was consistent and abundantly clear. The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol have one of the toughest jobs in federal law enforcement,” Morgan said during the hearing.
“They are the most assaulted federal law enforcement in the United States, more than 7,400 border patrol agents have been assaulted since 2006,” Morgan told the committee. “That rose in FY16 by 20 percent, and year-to-date, we are seeing an increase in assaults of 200 percent from the previous year-to-date. It’s a dangerous job.”