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Migrants Rush U.S. Border, Clash With Authorities After Social Media Rumor That They’ll Be Let In

El Paso, TX – Thousands of migrants rushed the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso and two other nearby crossings on Sunday after a rumor circulated that immigrants would be allowed into the United States for a “day of the migrant” celebration.

Videos from the bridge crossing showed migrants began gathering at the bridge that connects Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez to El Paso at about noon on March 12, CBS News reported.

Migrants in the videos were seen screaming and running across the bridge carrying bags and wearing backpacks, many pulling little children along with them.

The mob, made up most of Venezuelans who were trying to get into the United States, told reporters they were frustrated by delays in applying for asylum after traveling thousands of miles through Central America and Mexico to get to their ultimate destination, CBS News reported.

But they were met at the halfway point on the bridge by U.S. border guards carrying shields behind a wall of concertina wire and barricades.

The bridge was temporarily shut down while barriers were erected and a riot control team was deployed, KSAT reported.

The Stanton Bridge and the Bridge of the Americas also had to be shut down temporarily.

Jackson Solis, a 23-year-old Venezuelan, told reporters he’d been waiting six months to try to schedule an appointment to apply for asylum in the United States and went to the border to find out if the rumors they’d be let in were true, CBS News reported.

“We all ran and they put a fence with barbed wire around us. They threw tear gas at us,” Solis said.

Asylum applicants must book an appointment through a U.S. Customs and Border Protection mobile app before they arrive at the border, CBS News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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