The Pharr International Bridge, one of the biggest ports of entry on the southern United States border, had to be temporarily shut down on Friday, July 19, after a large group of immigrants stormed the border and confronted Border Patrol agents, federal officials told the New York Post.
Nearly 50 immigrants attempted to illegally enter the U.S. at about 4 a.m., by rushing in “three waves”, the NYP cited the CBP’s statement, “Ignoring commands to stop, the group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier.”
Federal officers apprehended at least 16 immigrants, including two individuals were charged with interference. Mexican authorities took the remaining migrants.
The bridge opened to commercial traffic at 8 a.m. after a two-hour delay due to the attack.
The Pharr International Bridge is one of the ports of entry on the southern border where many drug seizures occur. Early this year, CBP officers discovered $181,000 worth of cocaine hidden in a trailer arriving from Mexico, reported U.S. Customs and Border Protection.