As a group of around 1,000 migrants attempted a mass entrance on Thursday, the U.S. authorities were forced to shut down a bridge to Mexico, according to a new report.
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has shut down the Gateway International Bridge, which is the only link between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico.
“Individuals were trying to cross. Barricades were set up. It was pretty much peaceful. Nobody got hurt. They were trying to cross in the lanes where the vehicles go through and it was just a mass of people.” Brownsville police investigator Martin Sandoval claimed.
On the Mexican side of the border, reports indicate that a big encampment just a few blocks away from the bridge is home to around 1,500 migrants.
According to the report, quoting Sandoval, the gang is said to be waiting for the repeal of Title 42, a public health order from the Trump administration that was used to deport certain individuals in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 during the outbreak. Border Patrol personnel are being instructed to get ready for a significant increase on and after May 11, when the Trump administration’s directive is scheduled to expire.
Large groups of migrants in different parts of northern Mexico who are waiting for the conclusion of Title 42 have lately engaged in activities similar to those described above in an attempt to cross international bridges.
In March, more than one thousand people tried to enter the United States illegally by crossing the Paso del Norte bridge into El Paso, Texas.
Illegal immigration at the U.S. Southern Border has risen to crisis levels since President Joe Biden took power in January of 2021.