Wednesday January 6, 2021 7:49 AM
An El Paso-Juárez border bridge was blocked Tuesday overnight when a huge group of Cubans and other migrants tired of waiting in Mexico showed stormed into the United States.
“Biden, Biden,” the migrants chanted, referring to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, while approaching the border at the crest of the bridge over the Rio Grande, reported the Diario de Juárez newspaper.
Almost lost in the distractions of the holiday weekend, on the night of December 29 up to 400 mostly Cuban migrants forced their way past Mexican immigration and overpayment turnstiles on the Paso del Norte Bridge from Ciudad Juarez with a desire to force their way into downtown El Paso, Texas, according to news reporting.
Shortly after 9 p.m., the bridge was shut down by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers with riot shields. The road was blocked by concrete barricades topped with rows of concertina wire at the top of the bridge.
The Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as MPP and the “Remain in Mexico” policy, requires most asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings before a U.S. immigration judge.
The migrants had heard a false rumor that they would be allowed to enter the United States, Juárez news outlets reported.