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Immigration Blocks Undocumented Guatemalans from Coming Over

An operation initiated by the Immigration Department took place this morning at the western border where one hundred and fifty Guatemalans were questioned as they attempted to cross over into Belize.  The operation follows a meeting that was held with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and the Charge d’ Affairs for the Guatemalan embassy.  Today’s operation found several Guatemalans coming over the border to work at various establishments including Vega’s Imports, Santander, Running W, among others.  About one dozen of them were found without work permits while some had reported that theirs was being processed.  The operation was for today only but will be carried out time and time again to ensure that those who come over to work are in possession of a valid work permit.