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Mexico southern border control so far just talk

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CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) - Mexico is promising to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the United States by tightening control at its notoriously porous Guatemalan border.

But messages from the country's top two leaders in little more than a week have provided few details on how - and the scene on the ground is business as usual.

Dozens of Central Americans who paid $1.50 a head could be seen this week crossing the broad Suchiate River into Mexico on improvised rafts of inner tubes and wooden boards - all in full view of Mexican police on the shore and immigration agents posted on a bridge overhead.

One was 56-year-old Guatemalan Luisa Fuentes. As she rode a raft to Mexico, she said she doesn't see how anything has changed.

"La Bestia" is a decrepit freight train that carries migrants north from the border state of Chiapas, and it's still carrying many riders on its roof.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's government says it's catching and deporting far more Central Americans, but it remains unclear if enforcement has increased or just that the number of detentions is simply rising along with the larger numbers of Central Americans moving through Mexico.

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