An Australian Border Force emblem is seen on a uniform during a press conference at the Australian Federal Police headquarters.
An Australian Border Force emblem is seen on a uniform during a press conference at the Australian Federal Police headquarters. AAP Image - Julian Smith

Border Force raids restaurant

ILLEGAL immigrants have been detained and are set for deportation after an Australian Border Force raid on an Ingham restaurant.

Border Force officers raided a restaurant in Ingham on Friday afternoon.

Reviews on the restaurant's social media page had been posted recently.

The latest visible feedback on the page was a five-star review left about three weeks ago.

An Australian Border Force spokeswoman said officers had located a number of "unlawful non-citizens" as a result of the recent operation and those people were now facing deportation.

"Four unlawful non-citizens were detained and were taken into immigration detention while arrangements are made for their removal from Australia," the spokeswoman said.

The raids came just six weeks after a joint operation led to six Vietnamese nationals being detained after five properties were raided in the Townsville region in relation to international drug smuggling and money laundering offences.

The Bulletin was advised the restaurant's landlord had not been aware of the raid on Friday and was unaware of any issues with the business, which had been operating as usual in recent weeks.

The Border Force spokeswoman said it was the responsibility of employers to ensure their employees had legal rights to work in Australia and "to be aware of any work-related conditions imposed on their visas".

"People involved in the organisation of visa fraud or illegal work can face penalties of up to 10 years' imprisonment, or fines up to $210,000," the spokeswoman said.



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