Taipei, Twenty-five illegal immigrants were recently arrested in Tainan, southern Taiwan, and are now awaiting deportation, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said Tuesday.
Acting on a tip-off, NIA officers raided three locations in the city’s Jiangjun District in the early hours of the morning and arrested 25 people, most of them in their 20s, said Huang Rui-ching (黃濬清), an official at the NIA’s Tainan service center.
At the time of the arrest, the immigrants were at the three sites waiting to be picked up and transported to a job location in Cigu District, where they were being paid NT$1,600 (US$54) per day to install solar panels, Huang said.
He said 21 of the arrestees were workers who had broken their contracts with their legal employers and gone underground for two to three years, while the other four had entered Taiwan on tourist visas.
The NIA will investigate the case and find out who had hired the illegal immigrants and whether there were others involved, Huang said.
Meanwhile, the 25 people who were arrested are being held at a detention center in Kaohsiung, awaiting deportation, according to the NIA service center in Tainan.
In Taiwan, employers who hire illegal immigrants are liable to a fine of between NT$150,000 and NT$750,000 for the first offense, while repeat offenders risk a prison sentence.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel