Hundreds of Migrants Turned Away at Eagle Pass Bridge

Hundreds of Migrants Turned Away at Eagle Pass Bridge

( – US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents were forced to close a border crossing late Monday after hundreds of illegal immigrants swarmed across a bridge from Mexico. The incident highlights the Biden administration’s failure to act on the ongoing migration crisis.

Around 11 p.m. on January 3, about 200 migrants suddenly rushed across the Camino Real International Bridge near Eagle Pass, TX. Border Patrol agents set up temporary barriers on the 1,384-foot structure, blocking the intruders. Mexican police then managed to disperse the group and return them to Mexico.

The migrants are believed to be from Central America, the source of most illegal immigration to the US. CBP officials told reporters that the group had been falsely told they could apply for asylum at the bridge; apparently, they’d been told that by immigration activists or attorneys.

CBP Port Director Paul Del Rincon said he was concerned by Monday’s crossing attempt, and also worried about a breakdown in communications with Mexican agencies. The incident closed a major border crossing for at least an hour, and could have been dangerous for the migrants – they spent hours exposed on the bridge, while temperatures dropped below freezing. The group is now in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Since taking office, the Biden administration has failed to enforce border security and sent clear signals to migrants that if they can make it into the US they’ll be allowed to stay. That message is being received in Central America, and it’s tempting people to jump the border in huge numbers. It’s time President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made it clear that illegal entry won’t be tolerated.

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