An attack that left a Border Patrol agent with several stab wounds earlier this week is “not uncommon,” acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan said Wednesday.
“(In the) last year alone, 855 CBP personnel have been assaulted, 36 by vehicles and 184 direct assaults,” Morgan told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “This is happening every single day.”
The agent, who has not been named, shot and killed a man Monday night during a struggle near Nogales, Arizona, reports The Tuscon Sentinel. According to officials, the agent tried to stop a group of people suspected of being in the United States illegally, and one of the men in the group attacked the agent, stabbing him several times before the agent shot and killed him.
The agent was treated and released at a Tuscon hospital, the newspaper reported.
“That agent is lucky,” said Morgan. “It could have easily gone the other way.”
There is a “false narrative” about immigrants, as most of those who are being seen are single adult males, and they “are not giving up,” he added.
Morgan also discussed the CBP’s Operation MegaFlex, which targets international mail, particularly coming from China, to assess compliance and to prevent contraband and counterfeit goods from being introduced into the U.S. supply chain.
“This is costing American businesses and American workers billions of dollars every single year and it’s absolutely directly jeopardizing the health and safety of American consumers,” said Morgan.
The CBP reported Wednesday that the operation has yielded more than 4,200 seizures of illicit goods and 2,400 agriculture violations over the past 15 months.
Seizures included “counterfeit goods, illegal narcotics, fake identity documents, prohibited plant and animal products, and other items that threaten the health and safety of consumers, undermine the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, and put U.S. agriculture and the environment at risk,” the agency reported.
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