Border Patrol union slams coverage of clash with illegal migrants, calls on Mayorkas to defend agents

Group of Venezuelan nationals clash with Border Patrol, swinging flagpole and throwing rocks

A Border Patrol agent union called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to defend the officers who were filmed responding to a group of migrants who illegally crossed the border.

The confrontation unfolded in El Paso Monday when a group of illegal migrants clashed with Customs and Border Patrol officers.

Photos and video captured during the confrontation show a large group of Venezuelan nationals, one carrying a massive flag, being chased back across the Rio Grande.

The Border Patrol Union-National Border Patrol Council put out a statement Tuesday blasting media and lawmakers' response to the incident.

ILLEGAL MIGRANTS WAVE VENEZUELAN FLAG AFTER CROSSING US SOUTHERN BORDER, ATTACK BORDER PATROL AGENTS

A group of Venezuelan migrants cross the U.S. southern border and encounter Border Patrol.

A group of Venezuelan migrants cross the U.S. southern border and encounter Border Patrol. (Fox News)

"Where are the leftist politicians who've been putting out commercials showing how tough they are on the border? Have they come out & denounced this attack on BP agents by illegal aliens in El Paso?" the union wrote Tuesday.

WHITE HOUSE, TOP DEMS SILENT ON HISTORIC MIGRANT DEATHS WHILE GOP BLAMES BIDEN, VOWS ACTION AT SOUTHERN BORDER

Venezuelan migrants returning to Mexico down the Rio Grande after crossing into the United States run as U.S. Border Patrol agents follow them, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct. 31, 2022. 

Venezuelan migrants returning to Mexico down the Rio Grande after crossing into the United States run as U.S. Border Patrol agents follow them, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct. 31, 2022.  (REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

"Answer: Hell no. They do the ‘tough on the border’ commercials and then go hide."

Longer video was provided by an activist at the scene. The footage shows Border Patrol agents firing pepper balls at the group of Venezuelans crossing illegally into the U.S. 

Customs and Border Protection says a thrown rock injured one agent and another was assaulted with a flagpole.

NATIONAL SHERIFFS' GROUP SOUNDS ALARM OVER SPIKE IN MIGRANT DEATHS AT SOUTHERN BORDER

Migrants gathered at the U.S. southern border Nov. 1, 2022.

Migrants gathered at the U.S. southern border Nov. 1, 2022. (Fox News)

The activist who shot the video told Fox News Digital she did see one man throw a rock at Border Patrol.

The Biden administration and Congress did nothing to boost funding for two key border security agencies in the last fiscal year.

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Final spending data released by the Treasury Department shows that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which enforces immigration laws at the border and runs the U.S. Border Patrol, received no new funding to deal with the problem, which included a record number of migrant encounters over the course of the year.

In fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, CBP spent $17.8 billion, almost exactly the same as it spent in fiscal 2021.