Authorities have said that assaults on Border Patrol agents have been on the rise, particularly in the Rio Grande area, according to The Arizona Republic. Vice President Mike Pence said earlier this year at a Homeland Security event that "attacks on our Border Patrol agents had increased by 73 percent" in the 2017 fiscal year.
However, The Intercept reported last month that the spike in reported assaults appeared to have been caused by a change in the way authorities counted incidents. An analysis by CNN found that "Border Patrol agents lead far safer work lives on average than most other law enforcement officers."
“The border crossers an agent apprehends -- an average of two people per month in fiscal year 2016 -- are less likely to be violent than those drawing the attention of local police,” the news network reported.