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In a chaotic scramble, Honduran migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally tried to cross into Mexico on Monday.
Mexican authorities used tear gas and troops in an effort to contain migrants who waded across the river separating Mexico and Guatemala in an effort to reach America’s southern border.
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The day began with a caravan estimated to hold more than 4,000 migrants massed on a bridge spanning the river, to be met by Mexican officials who, as promised to President Donald Trump, would not allow them entry.
Shortly after noon, a group numbering in the hundreds then tried to wade across the knee-deep Suchiate River that separates the two countries.
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As the migrants crossed, Mexican National Guard troops were there to meet them.
Many migrants successfully found their way around the troops, while others were blocked from entering Mexico by the guardsmen, some of whom were hit by rocks thrown by the migrants.
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It was unclear at the end of the day how many migrants had successfully made it past the troops and into Mexico.
Many migrants remained at the edge of the river and some returned to Guatemala, according to The Associated Press.
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Mexico’s National Migration Institute told the migrants that it planned...
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