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Hundreds more targeted in immigration crackdown on illegal foreigners - tally tops 8,000


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Hundreds more targeted in immigration crackdown on illegal foreigners - tally tops 8,000

 

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The deputy commander of immigration told the press this morning of the latest arrests in a long running crackdown to rid the country of over-stayers, people illegally entering on tourist visas, scammers, skimmers and Thais breaking the law by not reporting their whereabouts. 

 

Maj-Gen Itthiphon Itthisanranachai was speaking on behalf of immigration and a large number of other police departments outside The Street on Rachadapisek in Bangkok at 1 am this morning. 

 

The latest sweep checked 229 places such as hotels, schools (both language and private), restaurants and private addresses. In total 490 people were arrested. 

 

Most were Thais and people from neighboring countries. 

 

The Maj-Gen said he was following government orders to rid the country of romance scammers, ATM skimmers and drug dealers. The Thai Rath story then gave no evidence that anyone had been arrested for those matters. 

 

Here are the details: 

 

1. Arrested for overstay: Total 14. This comprised three each from India and Vietnam, two from Laos and Cameroon and one each from Myanmar, Cambodia Switzerland and the US. 

 

2. Arrested for entering Thailand illegally: Total 338. Comprising 141 from Myanmar, Laos 110, Cambodia 85, Vietnam and India one each. 

 

3. Others 138: These included 70 cases of not reporting an alien's whereabouts within 24 hours, 20 not staying at a registered address, 16 illegal workers and 32 unspecified "others".

 

For the third category the tally was as follows: Thai 83, Myanmar 27, Cambodia 9, Laos 4, India 3, Thai (mentioned again for some unspecified reason in the report) 2, China, Vietnam and Russia 2 each, and one each for France, Poland, South Korea and Canada. 

 

Of the 229 places searched 68 were businesses and shops, 6 were entertainment venues, 62 hotels and other accommodation and 93 others. 

 

The total since the crackdown began - and this time Thai Rath did not give it a name - was 7,145 places searched and 8,400 arrested. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

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11 minutes ago, webfact said:

These included 70 cases of not reporting an alien's whereabouts within 24 hours

So, you can now get arrested for this? There must be thousands out there that don't comply. I only did it for the first time in November, and that was online.

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1 minute ago, madmitch said:

So, you can now get arrested for this? There must be thousands out there that don't comply. I only did it for the first time in November, and that was online.

Isn't that an offence by the (Thai) owner, not the occupier

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'The Maj-Gen said he was following government orders to rid the country of romance scammers, ATM skimmers and drug dealers. The Thai Rath story then gave no evidence that anyone had been arrested for those matters. '

 

Lol

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12 minutes ago, madmitch said:

So, you can now get arrested for this? There must be thousands out there that don't comply. I only did it for the first time in November, and that was online.

How did you report on-line, isnt that only available to hotels etc. Do you have a link to the reporting site ?

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7 minutes ago, Peterw42 said:

How did you report on-line, isnt that only available to hotels etc. Do you have a link to the reporting site ?

There's a thread here but it relates to Phuket. I'm not sure if this is available nationwide. Very useful though.

 

 

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47 minutes ago, webfact said:

The Maj-Gen said he was following government orders to rid the country of romance scammers,

They are breaking my door down right now! 

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Someone was knocking on my condo door at 4 AM a couple of days ago, I was a bit worried because this has never happened before.

 

I was naked so had to dress quickly.  Then I looked through the door and I saw 2 guys in uniform. I was still very tired and couldn't see clearly , but I could feel my pulse raising.  So this is how it feels like to be a wanted criminal, I was thinking to myself. 

 

Well, luckily they were the security guards and not immigration officials. They pointed at my silent fire alarm, it was faulty and had gone off so they came running. At least someone is doing their job. 

  

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2 hours ago, madmitch said:

So, you can now get arrested for this? There must be thousands out there that don't comply. I only did it for the first time in November, and that was online.

Isn't it housemaster or hotel duty to report? Not foreigner at all.

 

As well didnt they said couple months ago there's no single overstayer in TH now. 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

tally tops 8,000

Tally, over what period? This year? Since Big Joke started making us laugh and upping the ante? A 'since when' date would add a tad more meaning to the news.

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2 hours ago, madmitch said:

So, you can now get arrested for this? There must be thousands out there that don't comply. I only did it for the first time in November, and that was online.

watch your fingers, clang !

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