Immigration raid leads to 20 deportations


Immigration authorities will send 20 illegal workers back to China after a police raid on a Brisbane food processing plant. The nine men and 11 women, all Chinese nationals, were working at the Morningside plant in the early hours yesterday. A criminal warrant was also executed at the factory by the Australian Federal Police and immigration investigators to get evidence of the workers’ employment. Two men detained had their visas cancelled for working in breach of their visa conditions and the remainder of the group had all overstayed their visas. Investigations are ongoing. A Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesman said they would pursue with the Director of Public Prosecutions any possible criminal prosecution related to the hiring and exploitation of illegal workers.