At the same time, the Department of Justice announced prosecutors would be more aggressive in prosecuting illegal immigrants who assault federal agents.
During FY 2017, illegal immigrants assaulted a total of 786 Border Patrol agents in 324 incidents, Breitbart Texas reported.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised swift and sure prosecution for any illegal immigrant assaulting an agent during an April 2017 speech to agents and CBP officers in Arizona, Breitbart Texas reported.
In January, U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Elias de Jesus Gregorio de Paz, a 21-year-old Guatemalan national, to five years in prison for assaulting a Border Patrol agent during an attempt to arrest him near Uvalde, Texas.
When the agent tracked down the second illegal alien, the 20-year-old Guatemalan national pulled the agent from his motorcycle and began assaulting him, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials by Breitbart Texas.The assaulted agent’s partner quickly joined him and helped restrain the man until they could place him under arrest.