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Immigration officials detain illegal workers

LAST week Stanthorpe made national headlines when seven farm workers were detained by immigration officials. They were accused of working illegally at an Amiens property and of being in connection with the suspected supply of illegal workers in the region. Migrate to IrelandStanthorpe police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said he and Constable Sharon Hart assisted the half a dozen immigration officers with the operation. "We assisted them with a routine traffic intercept and the subsequent search warrant on an Amiens property," he said. "At that time immigration made various checks on the workers and identified seven of them as illegal. That was about half of the workforce on the property detained." Snr Sgt Ireland said the owner of the property claimed not to know about their immigration status. "The information the owner passed on was that hiring was left up to a contractor and it was that contractor's responsibility to know if they were illegal or not," he said. Federal Immigration and Citizenship Minister Brendan O'Connor said the group of illegal horticultural workers comprised three men and two women from Malaysia and a man from South Korea who were unlawful non-citizens, and a Japanese woman who was working in breach of her visa conditions. "Employers should be aware it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally or to refer an illegal worker for work," he said. Source: http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/immigration-officials-detain-illegal-workers/1874620/

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