At least 1,000 illegal immigrants attempted to enter the U.S. using force this Sunday by stampeding through the barriers and police lines on the Paso del Norte International Bridge, located on the border between El Paso (Texas) and the Mexican city of Juarez.
According to AFP, the illegals, the majority of whom were Venezuelans, gathered at noon on the bridge and claimed to have heard the rumor that they would be allowed to enter the U.S. freely due to the celebration of a supposed "Migrants' Day."
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee weighed in on Twitter about the event: "The border is secure. -Democrats", referring to the phrase used by Democrats to justify the immigration chaos at the southern border and the limited measures put in place by the Biden Administration to curb it.
“The border is secure.” -Democrats https://t.co/ZaevVcF2Sy
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 12, 2023
In a series of videos posted on social networks, the migrants - including mothers with children - are seen exerting a forward pressure, then running, and later passing a checkpoint being safeguarded by Mexican authorities. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents deployed wire barricades and barricades along the bridge to block the crossing.
Multiple El Paso law enforcement agencies have responded to the Paso Del Norte Bridge to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection after a group of people forced their way to the top of the bridge and are blocking traffic.
Story: https://t.co/nBIkimPTjh pic.twitter.com/1OL605snd8
— Border Report (@BorderReportcom) March 12, 2023
CBP agents indicated that the large group approached the U.S. - Mexico border dividing line "posing a threat to make a mass entry." Physical barriers were used to restrict entry to the bridge and officials did not authorize the immigrants to enter, according to BorderReport.
The illegals stayed a few more hours on the bridge protesting against the immigration policies that prevent them from crossing and applying for asylum in the U.S. and then began to return to the Mexican side of the border.
BREAKING: Another video from our contact showing this massive migrant group trying to rush Paso Del Norte bridge in El Paso in an attempt to get into the United States. pic.twitter.com/q9v2myX333
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 12, 2023