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Trump says Mexico is cracking down on migrants. There, it's a different picture

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico - If the Mexican government is cracking down on Central American migrants - as President Donald Trump recently asserted - there was no evidence of it here in this remote town in southern Mexico.

Roughly 3,000 migrants, mostly arrivals on recent caravans, had found temporary quarters in a sun-baked sports complex, where residents scramble for shade beneath tents and rough lean-tos crafted from branches and palm fronds.

But they weren't being detained or readied for deportation. Instead, they were being processed for permits that will facilitate travel north to the U.S. border.

"We want our children to have a future without fear of gangs," said Oscar Amilcar, a Salvadoran hunkered down with his wife, two children and migrants

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