Border agents used tear gas and pepper spray to prevent almost 50 migrants from entering the U.S. after they tried to storm their way through an entry point along the border in Texas.
The incident occurred at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge at around 4 am on Saturday, Fox News reported.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection had to build temporary barriers along the bridge due to a large influx of migrants using it at night, when it is closed from midnight to 6 am.
Agents used tear gas to prevent almost 50 migrants from entering the U.S. after they tried to force their way into the U.S. via the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge (pictured)
Asylum-seekers wait in line to get a meal close to the International Bridge near a section where a father and daughter drowned attempting to cross into the United States on June 26, 2019
A CBP official told Fox News that the group of men attempted to pass through the bridge in three stages.
The official said: 'Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier.
'Several males in the group disregarded commands to stop and physically pushed through the barriers.
The official added: 'When confronted by CBP officers, the combative individuals began assaulting the officers by punching, kicking, and attempting to grab the officers’ protective devices.'
CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and police all assisted in stopping the group’s entry, according to the official.
Two individuals were charged with interference and federal charges are pending against 14 other people who were apprehended, the official said.
Mexican officials subsequently removed the remaining people from the bridge. The bridge later opened to commercial traffic at 8 am following a two-hour delay.
Border Patrol agents Lupe PeÒa, (left), and Marcelino "Alex" Medina, (right), walk along a bridge over the Rio Grande River in Texas
The Rio Grande is seen from the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
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