Outcry over UK crackdown on immigrants
Bishop accuses government of 'nasty' tactic that feeds racism
- John Bingham for the Telegraph
- United Kingdom
- August 15, 2013
A bishop has attacked a wave of spot-checks on suspected illegal immigrants as “nasty” warning it could simply “feed into” racist agendas.
The Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, derided the Home Office’s controversial “go-home” van campaign as divisive and ineffective, joking that they would hardly bring suspects “out of their nail bars” asking to leave the country.
He suggested the Government’s approach lacked basic Christian compassion even if it proved popular with voters - adding that many people might well support it because they read “the wrong newspapers”.
A summer immigration crackdown has included spot identity checks, vans carrying billboards telling people to “go home or face arrest” and regular regular Home Office updates on Twitter highlighting how many people had been arrested.
The tactics, seen as an attempt by the Coalition to show a hard line on illegal immigration, have attracted widespread criticism including from Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen who is to become a peer, who suggested they smacked of “racial profiling”.