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Central American Migrants Occupy U.S.-Mexico Bridge, Close Border Crossing

by Paul Goldberg

In a stunning turn of events, Central America migrants have occupied a US-Mexico Bridge and shut down an official border crossing.

The crossing is in Matamoros Mexico and the migrants are protesting Trump’s get tough policies that require them to wait in Mexico to get asylum.

Trump has implemented even stricter controls mandating that anyone coming from Central America through Mexico first seek asylum in Mexico.

Trump has also implemented the same deal with Guatemala and seeks to widen it to other Central America countries.

From Reuters: Hundreds of the migrants have been camped for weeks on the end of the bridge in Matamoros, Mexico, a city known for cartel control of people trafficking and gang violence.

Many of those camped out are awaiting court dates for hearings in the United States weeks or months later under a U.S. policy called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

Video shot by a Reuters photographer showed men, women and children, some lying on blankets, mid-way across the bridge over the Rio Grande. The path into the United States was blocked by a razor wire-topped gate, behind which stood dozens of U.S. border agents.

Some on the bridge said they were trying to cross as a group into the United States, and were frustrated that court dates kept on being pushed backwards, leaving them uncertain of how long they would be stuck in Mexico.

“We want to argue to cross over – we didn’t ask to be in Mexico, they sent us here unjustly,” said a man who declined to give his name. He said he had a court date in the United States.

Elias Rodriguez, public affairs liaison for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Brownsville, confirmed the bridge had been shut for what seemed to be a small protest but said it was still unclear what happened and when.

Rodriguez said there had been no violence.

More than 51,000 migrants, mostly asylum seekers, have been returned to Mexico under MPP. At least 8,000 have been sent to Matamoros, a border city in crime-wracked Taumaulipas state, since the policy was expanded in July from other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Terry McFarland October 10, 2019 - 21:24

SO THEY STILL THINK THEY CAN JUST CROSS OVER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO…A TRANSLATOR SHOULD TELL THEM FOLKS IN HELL WANT ICE WATER…WANTING IS NOT GETTING…AND IF THEY DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES, THEY AREN’T WELCOME…

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Larry Gaines October 10, 2019 - 21:57

Mexico needs to use its Army to remove the immigrants blocking the bridge

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Freeland_Dave October 10, 2019 - 22:09

If they occupied and closed the bridge who cares? All it really means is they can’t come back into the US. If Mexico wants the bridge reopened they can use their money and their troops to do it. We and Trump wins again.

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