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Mexican Authorities Demolish Abandoned Houses to Thwart Smugglers


Mexican officials have razed more than 30 abandoned dwellings in a border town known as a staging ground for migrants to cross illegally into the United States.

The demolitions in the town of Las Chepas, officially known as Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, were the result of an agreement made last month between the governors of Mexico's Chihuahua state and the U.S. state of New Mexico.

Chihuahua's Jose Reyes Baeza and New Mexico's Bill Richardson agreed to a plan to curb illegal immigration and drug smuggling across the Mexico-U.S. border.

A Chihuahua public safety official told Reuters news agency that the demolitions represent less than half the buildings in Las Chepas, which is home to at least 50 residents.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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