Mexico Porous Border

Eduardo Verdugo/AP Photo

In this Friday, July 11, 2014 photo, people cross 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. These informal crossing has been tolerated for so long that it has become a mainstay of the southern border economy; Guatemalans resell Mexican goods on the other side, and innumerable bars and dance halls operate on the Mexican side with young Central American women working as dancers and bar maids.

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