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Two held in crackdown on illegal migrants

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 11/08/2015

Two men have been arrested in Northern Ireland as part of a crackdown on illegal migrant workers.

The men, aged 35 and 39, were detained when Home Office officials, acting on intelligence, swooped on a Co Fermanagh restaurant.

The pair, of Chinese origin, were working in the kitchen of the Ruby Palace at Belmore Street in Enniskillen.

The owners of the restaurant may face a £40,000 fine if they fail to prove the correct "right to work" checks were carried out.

Deputy Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office's Northern Ireland immigration enforcement team, said yesterday: "These arrests are a clear warning to those in Northern Ireland abusing our immigration laws."

Both men are being held in a Home Office detention centre awaiting deportation.

The arrests come as UK immigration minister James Brokenshire warned the Government was prepared to act against rogue employers who hire illegal immigrants.

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