Border Agent Morale High, Despite Rise in Assaults

Illegal border crossers are getting more violent under the Trump administration's crackdown, but agents insist they couldn't be happier.

Border agents were assaulted 25 times in the month of June -- 583 times so far this fiscal year.  However, Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, recently told "Fox and Friends" that means the crackdown is working.

“There's a vibe and energy in the border patrol that has never been there before in 20 years that I've been in the patrol,” said Judd.  “We haven't seen this type of energy and we're excited because we signed up to do a job and this president is allowing us to do that job.”

Union spokesperson Daniel Benavides echoed those same sentiments.

“Morale is a lot higher since President Trump was elected and agents look forward to actually enforcing the laws and look forward to working with this administration to get the resources and tools they need to do the job they're tasked to do,” says Benavides.

“We're finally having a conversation about what it will take to secure our border and make the American people safe.”

Officials say the assaults on agents reflect a growing desperation of those crossing into the U.S. illegally.

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