Pharr, TX – A mob of immigrants attacked Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers while attempting to violently force their way into the U.S. early Friday morning.
The three-mile-long Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge is the seventh busiest port in the country, and crosses approximately 175,000 vehicles every month, according to the bridge website.
The attack occurred at approximately 4 a.m., when a group of 47 immigrants attempted to barge across the bridge in three separate waves, ignoring the CBP officers’ repeated commands to stop, CBP said in a press release, according to KGBT.
“The group suddenly rushed the temporary barricades, bent metal poles and disabled the concertina wire affixed to the barrier,” the agency said.
Several men in the mob shoved their way through the barriers, then began assaulting the officers who intercepted them.
The attackers also tried to gain control of the officers’ “protective devices,” KGBT reported.
The officers deployed pepper balls and tear gas to disperse the attackers, and ultimately apprehended 16 of the suspects.
Two of the men were charged with interference, and federal charges are expected to be filed against the other 14 suspects arrested by U.S. officials, FOX News reported.
Mexican officials removed the rest of the mob from the bridge, and it is unclear what charges they may face, if any.
Several of the officers were injured during the brawl but are expected to fully recover, the New York Post reported.
The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge was temporarily closed due to the melee, but has since reopened, WGBT reported.
Similar incidents of illegal immigrants attempting to rush the U.S./Mexico border to enter the country illegally have occurred in El Paso, Eagle Pass, Reynosa, McAllen, and Brownsville, Breitbart News reported.