(ECNS) -- Employers who hire illegal foreigners will be fined up to 100,000 yuan ($15,000) as part of a four-month crackdown in Southwest China's Sichuan Province, a local newspaper reported.
The police campaign started on May 20 and will run until Sept 20. It will mainly target "three illegals" -- foreigners who illegally enter, gain employment and stay in the city.
According to Chinese law, foreigners charged with illegal entry will be fined 1,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan as well as possible detainment that last from five to 10 days depending on the severity of the case. Repatriated persons will not be allowed to re-enter China for one to five years.
Sichuan police said individuals or agencies that help foreigners work illegally will also be fined from 5,000 yuan to 100,000 yuan.
Residents are also urged to report illegal foreigners to police.