A former Liberal Democrat minister, Sarah Teather, has criticised a Home Office “go home or face arrest” mobile billboard advertising campaign as “nothing less than straightforward intimidation”.
Teather, who accused ministers of “cranking up the anti-migrant rhetoric”, is MP for Brent Central, in one of six London boroughs where the week-long pilot scheme to encourage illegal migrants to leave Britain is taking place this week.
The advertising vans will also show residents how many illegal migrants have recently been arrested in their local area and carry a text number for overstayers to use to arrange their return home.
The adverts say: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest. Text HOME to 78070 for free advice, and help with travel documents. We can help you to return home voluntarily without fear of arrest or detention.”