Hundreds of migrants, mostly Venezuelans, tried to cross this Sunday in a stampede into United States territory through the Paso del Norte-Santa Fe international bridge, in the Mexican Ciudad Juárez, desperate to obtain asylum in that country.
The South Americans congregated on that bridge, attracted by the rumor that they would be given free passage for the celebration of a supposed “migrant’s day.”
“They insisted on entering and (…) American security agents safeguarded that line,” said Enrique Valenzuela, coordinator of the Chihuahua State Population Council.
Images broadcast on social networks show the moment when a group of migrants, including mothers with children, rush across the bridge shouting “To the USA!”
“We all ran and they had put a barrier there with wires. They fired tear gas at us and everything. And well, many came down [del puente]”, said Jackson Solís, a 23-year-old Venezuelan, standing on the Mexican side of the bridge that crosses the Rio Grande.
Some mothers with children expressed despair as they assure that there were those who did manage to cross, but that it was mostly men traveling alone.
The Joe Biden government proposed last February new restrictions on asylum for migrants arriving across the border with Mexico, and that would force them to request it in countries through which they transit or through online appointments.
These measures are announced at a time when the Democratic president is accused by the Republican opposition of having lost control of the border, with more than 4.5 million migrants intercepted in that region since he took office.