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SUPPLIED: Laden with bags of food and drinks, men and women cross the main drag through the northern Mexico town of Altar. Once an agricultural hub, the town is now dedicated to the industry of moving people illegally across the U.S. border. But the migrant economy has slowed since the U.S. tightened the border. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times)
A CARAVAN BOUND FOR THE BORDER: A steady flow of vans makes the 60-mile run from Altar to Sasabe every day. The only passengers bouncing around on the iron bench seats are those destined for the Arizona borderline. The one-way fare is $15 each. The gravel road is regularly graded and drivers pay a toll to use it. (Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times)
HOPING TO CROSS: On a dirt road that roughly parallels the border, a pickup lets out a group of migrants about seven miles east of Sasabe. (Don Bartletti / LAT)