CALEXICO, Calif. – An El Centro Sector Border Patrol agent assigned patrol duties in Calexico, was assaulted Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 3:40 p.m., when agents observed three men scale over the international boundary fence and cross illegally into the United States from Mexico.
A Border Patrol agent responded to the area and attempted to apprehend the men. The men became resistive and the agent was kicked several times in the face by one of the men.
Other agents in the area responded and subdued the men. The men, who were illegally in the country, were arrested.
The agent was treated for his injuries and taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
“There will be legal consequences anytime a person assaults or attempts to assault a Border Patrol agent,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.
The illegal immigrant will face prosecution for assault against a federal agent.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.