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Arrest quotas for illegal immigrants

February 17, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Police in a Madrid neighborhood have been given goals for arresting illegal immigrants and told to concentrate on Moroccans, media reported.

"This isn't worthy of a country governed by the rule of law. The police can't issue quotas for arresting Moroccans," said Kamal Rahmouni, president of the Assn. of Moroccan Immigrant Workers.

Spain's National Police confirmed the existence of arrest objectives.

Spanish TV showed what it said was an internal police document instructing officers in the Vallecas district to detain at least 35 foreigners without visas every month.

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