By Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press

It was still dark when the first Guatemalan farm worker walked ashore in Mexico, just the bottoms of his shorts damp from the shallow ford of the Suchiate River.

As the sky brightened, another man drove a big blue tractor across the muddy waters to Guatemala with a sprayer on the back. A short time later a man and a boy crossed astride a horse, followed by a man carrying his sandals and pants to keep them dry.

Such scenes are part of daily life in the Mexican border town of Frontera Hidalgo, where it’s not just migrants crossing the river but also locals for whom the frontier is a cartographers’ construct largely to be ignored when it’s time to work or shop.

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Irregular Crossings Are a Part of Life at Mexico’s Southern Border