Border agents used tear gas and pepper spray to prevent nearly 50 migrants from entering the United States after trying to make their way through a gateway along the Texas border.
The incident occurred on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday around 4 p.m. Fox news reported.
The US customs and border surveillance had to build temporary barriers along the bridge due to a large influx of migrants using the & # 39; night, when it is closed from midnight to 6 am & # 39; at night.
Agents used tear gas to prevent nearly 50 migrants from entering the US after trying to force their way to the US via the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge (photo)
Asylum seekers wait in line to get a meal close to the International Bridge near an area where a father and daughter drowned trying to cross into the United States on June 26, 2019
A CBP official told Fox News that the group of men tried to walk through the bridge in three phases.
The official said: "Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly hurried the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and switched off the concertina wire that was applied to the barrier.
& # 39; Several men in the group ignored commands & # 39; s to stop and be physically pushed through the barriers.
The officer added: & # 39; When confronted with CBP officers, the combatants started attacking the officers by hitting, kicking, and trying to grab the officers' protective devices. & # 39;
CBP officers, border police officers and police all helped stop the group's access, the official said.
Two people were charged with interference, and there are federal charges pending against 14 other people arrested, the official said.
Mexican officials then removed the remaining people from the bridge. The bridge later opened for commercial traffic at 8 a.m. after a two-hour delay.
Border Patrol agents Lupe PeÒa, (left) and Marcelino "Alex" Medina, (right), walk along a bridge over the Rio Grande River in Texas
The Rio Grande is seen from the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
On Friday, the US government extended on Friday the demand that asylum seekers outside the country wait in a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across one of Mexico & # 39; s most dangerous cities.
The Department of Homeland Security said it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border with Matamoros in Mexico.
The DHS stated that it is expected that the first asylum seekers will be sent back to Mexico from Friday.
As part of the so-called "Remain in Mexico" policy, asylum seekers are briefly treated and given a date to return to an immigration court before being sent back across the southern border.
A group of migrant families are waiting for transportation in an area that Border Patrol agents use to quickly check migrants' health and identification information and to provide snacks in Texas.
Mexican riot police officers guard access to an improvised camp for asylum seekers at the American and Mexican border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico in November
Since January, the policy has been implemented in various border cities, including San Diego and El Paso, Texas.
At least 18,000 migrants have been returned to Mexico according to the policy, according to the Mexican National Migration Institute.
The US is trying to curb the flow of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to seek asylum under US law.
The busiest corridor for unauthorized border crossings is the Rio Grande Valley, at the southernmost point of Texas. Other cities in the region were not immediately included in the expansion.
Donald Trump wants to curb migration from Central America by introducing new rules about who can claim asylum in the US.
The policy announcement came when groups of legislators visited the region on Friday to inspect the US border patrol detention centers, including the McAllen, Texas processing center, where hundreds of adults and children are being held in enclosed cages.
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon stood outside the processing center and criticized the conditions within the facilities and other Trump management programs that cracked asylum seekers.
& # 39; We want them to be treated with dignity and respect, because we want our family members to be treated & # 39 ;, Merkley said.
US representative Nanette Barragán, a Californian democrat, tweeted that during a visit to the processing center she came across a 13-year-old girl who was an American citizen and had her passport with her.
The girl was detained with her mother, despite the fact that the facility was designed for immigrants in the United States without legal permission, not by citizens, Barragán said.
US Customs and Border Protection said the mother and daughter were arrested who crossed the border illegally after the teenager had crossed Mexico to meet her mother. CBP said the two were detained in the processing center for about five hours and released on Friday afternoon.
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