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MCALLEN, Texas – A group of 47 migrants violently rushed an international port of entry near McAllen, Texas, and assaulted officers in an attempt to illegally enter the country.
The violent incident took place on Friday shortly after 4 a.m. at the Pharr International Bridge when a group of approximately 47 undocumented migrants tried to rush the border, information released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed. The bridge connects the Mexican border city of Reynosa with Pharr and McAllen. The local TV station KGBT first reported on the violent rush at the port of entry.
The article goes on to state the following:
The migrants ignored the commands from CBP officers, ripped off the wire and barriers and then rushed towards the U.S. side of the border. CBP officers in tried to push back the men. However, the group began fighting and tried to rip the agents gear off as they attempted to rush the inspection area and enter the country. Authorities detained several individuals. It remains unclear if any will be prosecuted for the violent incident.
Fox News reports:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents had to use tear gas and pepper spray early Saturday to stop nearly 50 “undocumented individuals” from illegally entering the U.S. after they stormed a port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, officials said.
The incident at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge took place at around 4 a.m. The bridge is closed between midnight at 6 a.m., but CBP has had to construct temporary barriers in the middle of the span due to the large influx of migrants using the bridge at night.
A CBP official told Fox News the group attempted to rush across the bridge in three waves.
Sydney Hernandez with CBS 4 News reported on Facebook:
A group of 47 undocumented immigrants rushed and assaulted CBP Officers at the Pharr International Bridge around 4:00 am this morning, according to CBP.
Customs and Border Protection confirm several men in the group disregarded commands to stop and physically pushed through the barriers. When confronted by CBP officers, the group began assaulting the officers by punching, kicking, and attempting to grab the officers’ protective devices. Officers say the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier. In response to that, CBP officers and SRT operators deployed tear gas and pepperball launching systems equipment to effect the arrest of combative individuals.
CBP officers, and CBP Special Response Team (SRT) operators requested assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol, Pharr Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety to prevent the group’s entry.
Two of the individuals will be charged with interference.
Further charges against others are pending with the Assistant United States Attorney. 16 of them were apprehended by CBP and the rest were taken by Mexican officials.
Overall, the bridge did not open back up until 4 hours later.
ILLEGALS ASSAULT U.S. BORDER:
“At about 4 a.m. today[Friday], a group of 47 undocumented individuals attempted to illegally enter the US in three waves via the Pharr Bridge. ”
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