Immigration raid at Hillston: more than 30 detained

DETAINED: Luggage litters the foyer of the hall at the Hillston Community Centre.

DETAINED: Luggage litters the foyer of the hall at the Hillston Community Centre.

The community building in the western NSW town of Hillston has turned into a holding centre after immigration raids netted almost 40 people. 

Detainees are currently being held under supervision of Immigration Department personnel after a raid in Hillston was conducted early on Thursday morning.

Due to the amount of people - 37, believed to be from Asian countries - the Hillston Community Centre has been turned into a holding place. 

Luggage is piling in the foyer of the hall, with men and women of all ages huddling together on the floor and on chairs in the hall, some barely able to stay awake.

It is believed the hall is being used to conduct identity checks, with passports and official documents piling up on a desk manned by Department of Immigration staff. 

Luggage tags on several suitcases show some of the people who are believed to be illegal immigrants travelled from Singapore to Australia.

It is believed Immigration officials conducted a raid in Hillston early this morning, with about 10 unmarked government cars heading back to Griffith just after 10am.

The Department of Immigration said an official statement about the detained people would be released later today. 

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