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San Antonio, Venezuela—A child rests on a mattress in the front yard of his house, which has been marked for demolition by the government as part of a crackdown on people it deems as illegal migrants, smugglers, and paramilitary groups operating in the border region, August 25. Following the shooting of army officers on the border last week, President Nicolas Maduro ordered officials to tear down "illegal" homes in the area and force people to vacate. About a 1000 migrants had been forced to cross into Columbia before tensions between the two nations resulted in the border being shut down. The Colombian government called the ongoing crisis on the border a political point-scoring scheme to earn favor ahead of elections in coming months. slideshow