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PROTESTING ASYLUM-SEEKERS BLOCK US-MEXICO BORDER BRIDGE





Protesting Asylum-Seekers Block  US-Mexico Border Bridge


Roughly 400 mainly Central American migrants blocked the Gateway International Bridge, which spans the Rio Grande River between Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday. The men, women and children say they are frustrated by the delays and uncertainty they face in awaiting asylum processing in the United States.




One of those taking part in the demonstration told the Spanish-language US television channel Telemundo: "This is a peaceful protest, we don't want any violence."




In January, the US enacted a policy known as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which sent migrants back to Mexico to await asylum processing. That process can take months, if not years.

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