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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Mexico southern border control so far just talk

People are carried to the Mexican shore, across the Suchiate river that separates Tecun Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on a makeshift raft made from inner tubes of trucks attached to wooden boards. Scores of Central Americans pay a modest fee crossing the river on these improvised rafts. Mexican politicians generally see little upside in cracking down on migrants who simply want to pass through on the way to the U.S., just like so many Mexicans have done.