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435 Foreigners Apprehended in Mass Immigration Sweep Across Thailand

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BANGKOK – Thailand Immigration Police have arrested a total of 435 foreigners for immigration offenses in coordinated raids across the country,  Pol Maj Gen Ittiphol Itthisarnronnachai, deputy chief of the Immigration Bureau told a press briefing yesterday.

Pol Maj Gen Ittiphol said that 435 foreigners were apprehended in a Nation wide sweep targeting 225 locations across Thailand, including language schools.

He said 45 were charged with overstaying their visas, 284 with sneaking into Thailand without visas and 208 with staying or working in the Kingdom without informing the authorities of their residential addresses or work places.

Pol Maj Gen Itthitpol Itthisarnronnachai, deputy commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, held a press conference in central Bangkok at 1.45am on Friday.

So far 5,978 foreigners have been arrested as a result of 6,013 searches nationwide in 41 Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner raids.

These searches were earlier named “Operation Black Eagles” because they focused on those from Africa, Nigeria, but have since been given the less provocative title of “Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner”.

Source: The Nation, Bangkok Post