Britain urges Illegal Immigrants to leave via text messages
Nearly 60,000 illegal immigrants received messages from UK Government, warning them to leave the country. However, a controversy was sparked because of the campaign after some legal migrants received the alert.
Presently, the Home Office claims that out of a total of 58,800 people who were contacted through post, email and text, only 14 legal immigrants were asked mistakenly if they had overstayed their visas. However, campaigners believe the correct number is far greater than 14.
Suresh Grover, anti-racism and human rights campaigner of Indian-origin expressed shock after receiving the message.
He said that he was quite horrified and absolutely shocked to receive the text, and he thought it was not meant for him.
Grover, who is presently consulting his lawyers on the issue, said that he came to UK with his parents in 1966, and though he was born in East Africa, he said that he has always had a British passport.
After the Prime Minister’s office was asked for the justification of the campaign, the controversy gained further ground.
The official spokesperson of PM said that the Prime Minister agrees with the precept of the texts, and it is one of the several means in which the Home Office contacts people who may have no legal right to stay in the UK.
He acknowledged that the text wording has changed since the beginning of the campaign. Originally, they added the phrase: ‘You are required to leave the UK as you no longer have the right to remain’.
The messages now read: ‘Our records show you may not have leave to remain in the UK. Please contact us to discuss your case’.
On behalf of the UKBA (UK Border Agency), the messages were sent by Capita, a private contractor and till now they have received 140 complaints.
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