President Trump is holding firm on not ending the government shutdown without $5 billion in border wall funding and a new report from the United States Border Patrol may help argue his case.
As the Western Journal reports, violent attacks against U.S. Border Patrol forces have jumped a whopping 300 percent over one year.
San Diego Border Sector Chief Rodney Scott told KGTV-TV that assaults against border agents are three times higher than they were at this time last year.
The most recent surge of violence on the southern border happened on New Year’s Eve.
Roughly 150 illegal immigrants attempted to climb the border fence in San Diego, the report said, and more than a dozen were apprehended by agents.
The migrants weren’t apprehended without a fight — they began hurling rocks at Border Patrol agents.
Border Patrol agent Joshua Wilson argued the “incursions are organized,” during an interview with KGTV.
“They are bringing people down there for the express purpose of provoking a confrontation,” Wilson continued.
During the interview, Wilson said he and his fellow agents would benefit greatly from a border wall.
“Having that barrier helps prevent many assaults on agents, and that’s something the public really needs to understand,” the agent said. “It’s not just a border security measure. It’s a measure for agents safety as well.”
President Trump has repeatedly touted his support for a border wall and has promised to keep the government shutdown until he gets a requested $5 billion.
Over the last several months and in the two weeks since the shutdown began, Trump has called for Democrats in the Senate to pass border wall funding.
“The Democrats want Billions of Dollars for Foreign Aid, but they don’t want to spend a small fraction of that number on properly securing our Border,” Trump said on Saturday during a series of posts. “Figure that one out!”
“We are working hard at the Border, but we need a WALL!” the president continued. “In 2018, 1.7 million pounds of narcotics seized, 17,000 adults arrested with criminal records, and 6000 gang members, including MS-13, apprehended. A big Human Trafficking problem.”
“I don’t care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats, I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security! I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?” Trump asked.
“The Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time,” the president also said. “All they have to do is approve REAL Border Security (including a Wall), something which everyone, other than drug dealers, human traffickers and criminals, want very badly! This would be so easy to do!”
Trump added: “Great support coming from all sides for Border Security (including Wall) on our very dangerous Southern Border. Teams negotiating this weekend! Washington Post and NBC reporting of events, including Fake sources, has been very inaccurate (to put it mildly)!”