Mexico sends 70 squatters back home to Guatemala

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 8:49 PM
Mexico sends 70 squatters back home to Guatemala

Mexican immigration officials say they have returned 70 Guatemalan squatters to their home country.

The Guatemalans had been living in tents on a Mexican communal farm near the border since August, after being evicted from a squatters camp in a Guatemalan forest reserve.

Officials say they removed them from the Mexican camp on Monday because of unhealthy and unsafe conditions there, and after Mexican farmers asked for their land back.

The National Immigration Institute said Wednesday that the 25 adults and 45 children have been sent back to Guatemala, where they were to be housed at a shelter.

The Guatemalans had reportedly refused to return to their country until they have guaranteed housing and land there.