THE Bureau of Immigration has arrested last year a total of 533 foreign nationals as a result of its intensified campaign against illegal aliens.
The BI also deported during the same period 611 illegal aliens who were found guilty of violating the country’s Immigration Act.
In his report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI Intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan Jr. said that many of those arrested were overstaying aliens, illegal foreign vendors, and aliens illegally-employed as construction workers, miners and other blue collar jobs.
Manahan said that 393 Chinese nationals topped the list of the arrested nationals followed by 52 Koreans, 12 Americans and a number of Africans who were caught working without permits or engaging in gainful activity without proper visas.
The number of arrests made last year was 326% greater than those apprehended in 2017.
As for the more than 600 illegal aliens who were deported, the BI chief said that they expedited the resolution of pending deportation cases in order to decongest the detention facility.
The 533 arrested aliens do not include the more than 200 foreign fugitives apprehended by the Bureau.
Manahan said the 533 illegal foreign nationals were arrested in operations conducted by the BI’s Intelligence Division, which is separate from the Fugitive Search Unit.