City attempts to cut down on crimes perpetrated by foreigners

Ho Chi Minh City police will work with the municipal Immigration Department to investigate and deal with foreigners residing illegally and committing crimes in the city, HCMC Police deputy head Colonel Phan Anh Minh said.

Some aliens sleep on outdoor benches in HCM city (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Most of the criminals are from African countries, Colonel Minh told Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper. 
 
He said any foreigner found without a passport or valid identity papers will be deported.
 
If they don’t leave the country and keep committing crimes, they will be prosecuted for entering the country illegally, he said.
 
Colonel Minh said the country needed to work with the International Organization for Migration to ensure such criminals were returned to their home countries.
 
He called on city residents not to unintentionally assist by renting houses or motorbikes or exchanging foreign currencies without sighting valid papers.
 
Crimes committed by foreigners are increasing in the city. Colonel Minh said, with foreigners using many tricks to swindle money, such as using false papers to withdraw money from banks and stealing money while pretending to buy something at shops. 

By Duong Loan – Translated by Hoang Yen

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