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Mexico cracks down on northbound Central Americans

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The town of Arriaga in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas lies three hours and 11 checkpoints north of the Guatemala border. It's a former hub of trains known collectively as La Bestia, or The Beast.

But now, the train only comes here to bring in work crews who are repairing the tracks. Migrants who once lined the tracks have been replaced by police and Mexican immigration agents. They circle the town in trucks after months of raids, pulling migrants off trains and erecting concrete walls with barbed wire near the tracks to prevent access.

Source: Arizona Public Media