French police evict thousands of migrants living on sidewalks near the reception center for migrants and refugees at porte de la Chapelle, north of Paris CREDIT: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/REUTERS
migrants living CREDIT: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/REUTERS

Authorities in Tanzania on Tuesday declared a special crackdown on illegal immigrants saying no stone will be left unturned in the search for the illegal aliens.

“The crackdown will be conducted in residential houses, in hotels, in bus and railway stations, in fish landing sites and in all public places,” said Hamad Masauni, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs.

Announcing the crackdown after he held a meeting with heads of institutions under the Ministry of Home Affairs in Kigoma region, Masauni said the crackdown on illegal immigrants will also be extended to private and public offices across the country.

Institutions under the Ministry of Home Affairs include the Tanzania police force, Immigration Department, the Tanzania Fire and Rescue Force, the National Identification Authority and the Department of Refugees.

“As the country is gearing for the October 2020 general elections our defense and security organs should start launching a crackdown on illegal immigrants especially in border regions,” said the official.

Remigius Pesambili, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration for Kigoma region, said between January and December 2019 immigration authorities in collaboration with police arrested a total of 3,992 illegal immigrants in the region.

Pesambili said the illegal immigrants came from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Mozambique. Enditem

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