Fourteen employees detained, then released Operation Clean Sweep checks more than sixty

POSTED: 02/6/13 12:30 PM

St. Maarten – During the first immigration control under Operation Clean Sweep more than sixty employees at three different locations were checked. Fourteen of them were briefly detained, but in the end it turned out that all employees were in the possession of valid papers.

At the Sunny Foods supermarket on Illidge Road the mobile unit of the immigration department checked the papers of fifty employees; eleven were detained because they were unable to show valid IDs. After family members brought in their paperwork, they were all released.

At the Oualichi Restaurant on the Boardwalk the inspectors controlled nine employees who all were in the possession of valid papers.

The third control took place at the coliseum Casino on front Street. Three employees were detained, but they were quickly released again. One employee had Dutch papers, while the other two had permanent residence papers.

The mobile unit conducted the inspections together with the Inspectorate of Public health, social development and Labor, the VKS and the Dutch military police – the Marechaussee.

The immigration department said in a press statement that it wants to achieve that everyone carries an ID-card or residence papers to avoid embarrassment, also for locals. The department asks people to cooperate when stopped for a control “to make the process as smooth as possible.”

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