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After hundreds of undocumented migrants, mostly Venezuelan, tried to force their way into the United States from Mexico by storming the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez checkpoint Sunday, March 12, U.S. authorities closed down that border crossing for nearly four hours, until the mob could be contained.

At one point, the migrants, who were demanding asylum in the United States, resorted to violence, hurling a large orange plastic barrier at U.S. immigration officials.

The El Paso, Texas, crossing from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, is one of the most frequented border crossings between the two countries.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers said the chaos erupted around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, leading to the closure of the crossing until about 5:30 p.m., when normal traffic resumed on both sides of the border.

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