Mexico's southern border

Passengers from Guatemala disembark from a makeshift raft that has just brought them across the Suchiate River and into Mexico, thus avoiding the customs station on the bridge in the background, in Ciudad Hidalgo. In general, some travelers who cross the Suchiate on the rafts will visit Mexico for a day of shopping, and some will seek work in Mexico, while some will begin the treacherous trek north toward the United States.
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times
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