More than a quarter of those stopped were arrested, and sent to detention centers to await deportation.
Greece’s Minister of Public Order, Nikos Dendias, told local television that illegal immigration has brought the country “to the brink of collapse.”
“What is happening now is the greatest invasion of Greece ever,” Dendias told Skai TV. “The country is being lost.”
Golden Dawn, a right-wing party in Greece, has tapped into the anti-immigrant feeling. The party polled at seven percent in the June elections.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with The World’s Clark Boyd, who covered those elections.