The Pharr International Bridge in 2001
One of the biggest ports of entry along the US-Mexico border had to be shut down on Friday after a group of undocumented immigrants — nearly 50 of them — attempted to rush into the United States in “waves,” according to federal officials.
The mad dash went down at the Pharr International Bridge in Texas at about 4 a.m., officials said, and sparked a showdown with Customs and Border Protection agents.
“A group of 47 undocumented individuals attempted to illegally enter the United States in three waves,” the agency said in a statement, according to KGBT.
“Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier.”
Several CBP officers were assaulted during the mayhem but expected to be OK. They had to deploy tear gas and pepper balls in order to stop the group.
At least 16 of the immigrants were taken into custody by federal officers. Mexican authorities took the remaining individuals.
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