Hundreds of Central American migrants on Thursday blocked a border bridge between Mexico and the U.S. in an attempt to pressure Washington to speed up the handling of their asylum requests.
According to media reports in both countries up to 400 people occupied the Mexican side of the Gateway bridge, which links Matamoros in Mexico to Brownsville in the U.S.
One of the migrants told the Spanish-language U.S. broadcaster Telemundo that they were not trying to cross the border by force, but that they are already tired of waiting for the asylum requests to be processed.
The bridge was closed to pedestrians and vehicles, except for an express lane.
The U.S. has sent more than 40,000 migrants back to Mexico since January.
Many of them returned to their home countries, while others are waiting for the U.S. authorities to decide on their asylum requests, a process that takes months.
The migrants argue that they face insecurity and poverty in their home countries.
Edited by Hadiza Mohammed