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Migrants sleep while waiting in a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Refugees rest at the railway station after police stopped their train coming from Austria in Freilassing, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Germany introduced temporary border controls Sunday to stem the tide of thousands of refugees streaming across its frontier, sending a clear message to its European partners that it needs more help with an influx that is straining its ability to cope. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A Syrian refugee boy walks in a sunflower field while he and other migrants wait inside and outside a bus before being taken by Hungarian police to board a train to the Austrian border, in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The Hungarian government is expected to decide Tuesday to deploy the army to its border with Serbia as a set of harsh new laws meant to stop the huge flow of refugees and other migrants through the country take effect. With Hungary cracking down, desperate people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and elsewhere struggled to make it into the country, hoping to reach Western Europe before it was too late. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A migrant sits on the ground arrested by Hungarian police officers and soldiers after he tried to cross the border line between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungary deployed a boxcar bristling with razor wire to close a key border crossing and warned of a new era of swift deportations Monday as governments across Europe debated how to share the burden of housing hundreds of thousands seeking refuge — and whether the continent's hard-won policy of passport-free travel could survive the unrelenting flow of humanity. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Migrants look through the border fence between Serbia and Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungary has declared a state of emergency in two of its southern counties bordering Serbia because of the migration crisis, giving special powers to police and other authorities. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)
Hungarian soldiers stop a migrant family at the border exit between Serbia and Hungary in Asotthalom near Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungary are set to introduce much harsher border controls at midnight — laws that would send smugglers to prison and deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence. The country's leader was emphatically clear that they were designed to keep the migrants out. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Hungarian police officers guard the border at the Horgos border crossing into Hungary, near Horgos, Serbia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungary has declared a state of emergency in two of its southern counties bordering Serbia because of the migration crisis, giving special powers to police and other authorities. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
A young refugee rests at the rail station after police stopped their train for registration in Freilassing, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A man walks besides the fence at the border exit between Serbia and Hungary in Asotthalom near Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Hungary are set to introduce much harsher border controls at midnight — laws that would send smugglers to prison and deport migrants who cut under Hungary's new razor-wire border fence. The country's leader was emphatically clear that they were designed to keep the migrants out. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Migrants laugh as they cross the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria, 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Vienna, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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ROSZKE, Hungary (AP) — A border clamps shut in Europe — and everything changes in just one day.

Declaring a state of emergency, Hungary sealed off its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday and detained those trying to enter illegally, aiming to shut down the flow of migrants pouring in. Chaos ensued at the border, as hundreds of migrants piled up in a no man's land, and Serbian officials reacted with outrage.

The entry point to the coveted European Union for tens of thousands of migrants slammed shut with police patrols, border fences, razor-wire and patrol dogs. Scores of migrants were detained by police and now face charges under a new law that makes crossing the border illegally a crime.

Those already across the border were giddy with relief. Those not yet in Hungary were riven with despair.

Upping the ante, Hungary announced later in the day it would start a fence on its border with fellow EU-member Romania — a move that Romania said violated the very spirit of EU unity.

It was a landmark day in the Eastern European nation whose historic border opening in 1989 heralded a new era of freedom for millions behind the Iron Curtain.

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