Migrants clash with Mexican troops at the Guatemala border

TOPSHOT - A Central American migrant - part of a caravan of mostly Hondurans travelling to the US- is tackeld by a member of Mexico's National Guaed after crossing the Suchiate River, the natural border between Tecun Uman in Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico, on January 20, 2020. - Hundreds of Central Americans from a new migrant caravan tried to enter Mexico by force Monday by crossing the river that divides the country from Guatemala, prompting the National Guard to fire tear gas, an AFP correspondent said. (Photo by Johan ORDONEZ / AFP) (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNN)Tensions flared on Mexico’s southern border Monday as troops tried to intercept a large group of migrants who’d crossed into the country.

Video and photographs taken at the Mexico-Guatemala border showed Mexican National Guard troops chasing migrants who’d rushed across the Suchiate River.

Some images showed migrants scrambling to evade authorities. Others showed a migrant pinned to the ground, surrounded by men in camouflage.
The migrants — largely from Honduras — are part of a new caravan that’s been trekking north for days. It’s the first migrant caravan to form since the Trump administration hashed out a series of deals with Mexico and several Central American countries aimed at stemming migration.
And its arrival in Mexico is already testing authorities on both sides of the border.
For months Mexican authorities, facing mounting pressure from US officials, have stepped up their show of force at the country’s northern and southern borders. Dramatic visuals — like troops running after mothers and children or blocking large groups of migrants walking along a highway — have prompted many to say that Mexico, in effect, has already built Trump’s border wall by increasingly cracking down on immigrants.


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