The government in the small East African state of Djibouti have moved to catch and expel illegal immigrants who ignored its midnight deadline to leave the country.
Most of the refugees come from Somalia and Ethiopia
A large military presence was on the streets of the capital on Tuesday morning, detaining all those without identity papers.
Before this new initiative, some 15% of Djibouti's population were thought to be illegal immigrants, mainly from neighbouring Ethiopia and Somalia.
An eyewitness told me that at 0400 on Tuesday morning the army and police occupied Rue Nelson Mandela and took all those who did not have papers to the central police station.
"There were a lot of people found in Ambouli neighbourhood, they filled four lorries."
All over town similar stories are being told as the Djiboutian government demonstrates that it is serious about removing the thousands of illegal immigrants who ignored its deadline to leave.
Unemployment among Djiboutians is approaching 50% and the immigrants are blamed for taking jobs and causing crime.
When the deadline was announced 90% of the Somalis and Ethiopians who come here to work are thought to have simply packed their bags and returned home.
At the moment it appears the interior minister is honouring his promise not to search people's houses.
The illegal immigrants detained will be expelled and delivered back to their country of origin.