This video from Britain says about itself:
Immigration: Complaints Over ‘Go Home’ Texts
18 Oct 2013
A veteran civil rights campaigner who has lived in the UK for nearly 50 years was among those contacted by the Home Office. More than 140 people have complained after receiving text messages accusing them of being illegal immigrants and asking them to leave Britain.
Among those contacted by the Government was Suresh Grover, a veteran civil rights campaigner who has lived in the UK since 1966.
He reacted angrily to the text which stated: “Message from the Home Office. Our records show that you may not have leave to remain in the UK. Please contact us on 0844 3754636.”
Nearly 40,000 similar text messages have been sent by outsourcing company Capita on behalf of the Home Office. Some of the recipients were British citizens.
“I thought it wasn’t meant for me. I came here with my parents in 1966, I was born in East Africa and have always had a British passport.”
He said he rang the number and got through to Capita, who told him he was indeed the right recipient of the text. “She was asking for more personal information about me and was not telling me where she got my number,” he said.
“I’m not going to be giving them information I don’t think they deserve. I think it’s outrageous sending people random texts without knowing who they are sending them to…It’s horrific.”
A message was also sent to immigration lawyer Bobby Chan, who has given evidence as an expert witness to the Home Affairs select committee.
This time the text stated: “Message from the UK Border Agency. You are required to leave the UK as you no longer have right to remain.”
Mr Grover submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office which revealed that 39,100 individuals have been contacted in this way by text.
David Hanson, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, slammed the text message scheme as “shambolic and incompetent”.
He said: “These messages will rightly cause distress and offence to British citizens, many of whom have done much to contribute to our society. It is simply wrong for this sort of message to be sent by text, and to be so poorly targeted.
“Yet again, like the offensive and inappropriate ad vans, the Government will be using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to offend and alienate its own citizens.”
On Thursday, Immigration Minister Mark Harper told the BBC that vans telling illegal immigrants in London to “go home or face arrest” could be rolled out across the rest of the country.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Hateful Anti-migrant Texts Sent Out To British Nationals
Saturday 19th October 2013
The Home Office has become embroiled in an embarrassing row over controversial immigration text messages
The Home Office has become embroiled in an embarrassing row over its controversial immigration programme after it emerged text messages targeting suspected illegal migrants had been sent to British nationals by mistake.
A total of 39,100 text messages have been sent by private firm Capita on behalf of the government as part of a contract to track down individuals who may not have the right to live in Britain.
The text message reads: “Message from the Home Office. Our records show that you may not have leave to remain in the UK. Please contact us on 0844 3754636 to discuss your case.”
Labour shadow immigration minister David Hanson MP said: “These messages will rightly cause distress and offence to British citizens, many of whom have done much to contribute to our society.
“It is simply wrong for this sort of message to be sent by text, and to be so poorly targeted.”
Scheme to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries to pay £3,000 deposit criticised as discriminatory: here.
MPs have blasted the Tory coalition government’s proposal to force landlords to do immigration checks on their tenants, warning that it will lead to a ‘bonanza for unscrupulous landlords’: here.
UK Prime Minister Cameron plays the anti-immigrant card: here.
- Labour demands answers over 40,000 ‘go home’ texts to immigrants (theguardian.com)
- Immigration: Complaints Over ‘Go Home’ Texts (news.sky.com)
- Immigration ‘lurches from one gimmick to another’ (itv.com)
- Lib Dems to veto Tory plans to send controversial ‘go home’ vans nationwide – The Independent (independent.co.uk)
- Complaints over texts to immigrants (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)