Migrant protest forces bridge closure


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Across the border, migrant protesters caused an overnight closure at an international bridge.

Customs and Border Protection says hundreds of demonstrators nearly overran the Santa Fe bridge in El Paso.

Migrant protesters gathered on the Mexican side of the bridge, forcing Customs and Border Protection to close all lanes of traffic.

Customs and Border Protection tells us the demonstrators posed a threat. The group were reportedly all Cuban and Salvadoran.

They told us the group of more than 200 gathered around midnight chanting, “We are going to cross,” in Spanish.

Witnesses also say CBP agents fired tear gas at the group, however, that has not yet been confirmed by the agency.

As you would expect, the closure frustrated those waiting to cross into El Paso.

“He was just like ‘citizenship’ and I said American. Then he said get inside and they started yelling at us and we were just walking and they started yelling ‘run run run cross’ because they were closing it and I started seeing Border Patrol get into the middle of it and they closed everything.” Says Gael Ramirez a border crosser.

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