Despite David Cameron claiming that the trial ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’ adverts were so far effective in bringing down the numbers of illegal immigrants in the capital, the scheme has been accused of “inciting racial hatred” by the Unite union.
This follows the news that a huge number of arrests were made to combat illegal immigration, with the police’s stop-and-search operations at railway stations focussing on people of colour.
Doreen Lawrence, who has recently been made a Baroness and given a seat in the House of Lords, told Daybreak:
Why would you focus mainly on people of colour?
I’m sure there’s illegal immigrants from all countries, but why would you focus that on people of colour, and I think racial profiling is coming into it.
The leader of Unite, Len McCluskey dubbed the vans carrying the advert as “vans of hate” and have said that the group would be seeking legal advice against the scheme which was trialled in London for a week. Even Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg weighed in on the scheme, calling it a “not very clever” way to combat the problem of illegal immigrants.
The Home Office have defended the adverts with a spokesman saying:
We make no apology for enforcing our immigration laws and our officers carry out hundreds of operations like this every year around London.
Where we find people who are in the UK illegally, we will seek to remove them.
Did you see any of the ‘Go Home’ adverts driving about? Do you agree that its racist or is it a necessary and effective measure?
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