Desert Invasion - U.S.

Violence jumps on US-Mexican border

By US News Article, US News

Attacks on American border patrol agents along the

U.S. border with Mexico have jumped more than 100 percent in the last year,

Homeland Security officials said on Thursday....

Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar told a news conference there were 778

assaults against Border Patrol officers in the last fiscal year. So far this

fiscal year, which began in October, there have been 192 attacks, he said.

He did not give the previous year's figure....

Last month the U.S. envoy to Mexico accused the Mexican government of

failing to control crime and said the rampant crime near the border

"highlights the inability of the Mexican government to police its own


Border violence in Mexico has increased since President Vicente Fox declared

a war on drug cartels a year ago.

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