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Mexican officials bulldoze immigrant camp near U.S. border

The removal of the camp happened earlier this month, amid Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's meeting with  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on immigration. 

Published: December 29, 2023 9:59am

Mexican officials used bulldozers to clear out an immigrant camp filled with tents near the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico. 

Matamoros borders Brownsville, Texas and immigrants began to camp out there in late 2022. The camp used to hold about 1,500 migrants, but many of the temporary shelters were vacated recently. 

This resulted in many of the migrants fleeing to the United States, according to Fox News.

The removal of the camp happened earlier this month, amid Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's meeting with  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on immigration. 

On Wednesday, Matamoros officials told The Associated Press that they were only getting rid of vacant or abandoned tents. 

A Honduran immigrant denied the officials' claim.

"They ran us out," he said, according to Fox News. He also said that the migrants were only given a quick notice before they started the process.

"You had to run for your life to avoid an accident," he added. 

Some migrants went to another encampment, while others fled, according to published reports.

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