Border Patrol Falsified Data to Claim Increase in Attacks by Immigrants

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In your daily dose of egregious ICE violations, the Intercept reports that agents falsified data to make it look like there was a drastic increase in attacks by immigrants at the border. The exponential increase came in Trump's first year in office and helped support the narrative of a dangerous border that needs a wall to keep violent immigrants out. Simply outrageous.

Data can be misleading. Numbers can be manipulated to support a false claim which is why it's important to always verify the methodology of any data.

From the Intercept:

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, assaults on Border Patrol officers increased dramatically in fiscal year 2016, reversing a long downward trend. That year, CBP claims, there were 454 assaults on agents nationwide, compared with 378 in fiscal year 2015, a 20 percent increase. The increase from 2016 to 2017 was even more surprising. In 2017, according to CBP, there were 786 assaults, a spike of 73 percent, even as apprehensions fell from 415,816 to 310,532.

Almost the entire increase — 271 purported assaults — was said to have occurred in one sector, the Rio Grande Valley, in South Texas. A large number of the assaults supposedly occurred on a single day, according to charts and details provided by Christiana Coleman, a CBP public affairs spokesperson. In response to questions from The Intercept, Coleman explained in an email that “an incident in the Rio Grande Valley Sector on February 14, 2017, involved seven U.S. Border Patrol Agents assaulted by six subjects utilizing three different types of projectiles (rocks, bottles, and tree branches), totaling 126 assaults.”

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