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Liberty to drive their own slogan through Brent in response to ‘racist van’ campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:16 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:29 05 August 2013

Immigration officers carried out an operation at Kensal Green station on Tuesday morning (pic credit: Phil O'Shea)

Immigration officers carried out an operation at Kensal Green station on Tuesday morning (pic credit: Phil O'Shea)

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A civil liberty group will drive through the streets of Brent tomorrow to broadcast their response to a controversial campaign by the government targeting illegal immigrants.

A van bearing the slogan “Stirring up tension and division in the UK illegally? Home Office, think again” will be driven by Liberty following the initiative which has attracted heavy criticism.

Politicians from all parties united to condemn the action which saw a van telling illegal immigrants to ‘go home or face arrest’ driven through Brent and five other boroughs in London.

Liberty believes the billboards were deeply offensive and divisive and in breach of the Equality Act 2010.

Last week, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) announced it was to investigate the campaign and spot checks conducted by immigration officers at Kensal Green train station and Chichele Road, Cricklewood, as well as other transport hubs up and down the country this week.

A Home Office spokesman said: “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.”

Liberty’s van will circle the Home Office in Westminster and the surrounding area in the morning, before visiting Kensal Green and Walthamstow in east London.


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