Immigration staff doing difficult job

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 May, 2002, 12:00am

I refer to the report headlined 'Women tells of terror over arrests' (South China Morning Post, May 9).

It described how one of the right-of-abode claimants described her 'terror' as she watched footage of fellow claimants being arrested in their homes.

Although I do not belong to the civil service, I can't help but sympathise with Immigration Department staff who are having to arrest abode seekers who overstay.

They have come in for criticism from some members of the public, but I feel this action is long overdue. Like anyone else who breaks the law, the abode seekers must face the consequences of their actions.

It cannot be pleasant having to break down someone's door and deal with people who are in a highly emotional state.

Furthermore, whenever there is a confrontation between the police and abode seekers, the police always come in for criticism.

I think we should spare a thought for these officers who have to maintain law and order while they are surrounded and outnumbered by scores of angry people.

Their personal safety is just as important as the safety of any other member of society.


Chi Fu Fa Yuen