New government data shows a record-high 671 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted this fiscal year while on the job.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 720 total assaults against its Border Patrol, Air and Marine Operations, and Office of Field Operations teams since Fiscal Year 2017 started Oct. 1, 2016. Last year, 585 total assaults against the agency's three branches were documented.
Border agents by far bore the brunt of the attacks.
The total number of assaults specifically against Border patrol is up 167 percent since the same period last year, when 403 assaults were reported. The current fiscal year ends in a few weeks, at the end of September.