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After Tijuana debacle, the Mexican government changed tactics for the latest migrant caravan

In November, Central American migrants evaded Mexican riot police and faced tear gas at the San Diego port of entry. When another caravan approached the Texas border this month, Mexican authorities held them in an empty Piedras Negras factory, then dispersed them.

From left, Elmer de la Rosa, Orlando Jose Reyes and Carlos Lanza stand near the perimeter of the migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Feb. 9, 2019.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) point their weapons at migrants as they prepared to cross the border fence illegally, from Mexico into the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico, January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Mexican military guards the perimieter of the shelter where an estimated 1700 migrants are currently being held in Piedras Negras. Feb. 12, 2019.
Migrants wait in line to purchase food items from a trailer located outside of the shelter where they’re currently being held. According to José Luis Pliego Corona, the Secretario de Seguridad Pública of Coahuila, an estimated 1700 to 1800 migrants are currently at the shelter. Feb. 9, 2019.
A young boy sits by the fence of the migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. A week before, the shelter held an estimated 1700 migrants, only several hundred remain as of Feb. 18, 2019.. The shelter is slated to close later  in the week.
A young woman holds a child inside the migrant shelter in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Feb. 18, 2019.
A small group of migrants walk down Libramiento Manuel Perez Trevino in Piedras Negras. The group had just left the migrant shelter. Feb. 18, 2019.

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