This is the moment a Cuban migrant is seen sprinting across a bridge from Mexico into the United States as a portly policeman trails behind him.
The startling incident took place at the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas which crosses the Rio Grande river between Mexico and the state of Texas, in the United States, and was recorded by an onlooker.
In the video, the man, who has not been named but is reportedly of Cuban nationality, can be seen sprinting across the bridge towards the American side.
A federal police officer is chasing him but cannot appear to keep up as the migrant sprints past the barriers for cars at the bridge.
One onlooker can be heard saying “I do not know why he is crossing” while others can be heard cheering him on.
At the end of the video, a man can be heard saying “the bridge is going to be closed” and local media report the bridge was indeed closed after the incident.
Reports state the Cuban man was caught by the authorities but it is unclear what happened to him after that.
Netizen ‘Martin Castillo’ said: “It’s sad that he was caught. It is their fault for the long queues and the time it takes to cross the border!”
And ‘Alex Dimitri’ added: “He broke the law, he was asking for it, the bad thing is that in a couple of days he will be back in Mexico and will try to cross again and again.”
The authorities of the Customs Office and Border Protection said that 104,344 people crossed from Mexico into the United States in June, while in May 144,278 people made the crossing, the highest number registered in 13 years.
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