David Hanson MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, responding to reports that the Home Office, via Capita, are sending texts to British citizens asking them to leave the country, said:
“Theresa May’s immigration system lurches from one gimmick to another with little effect.
“The reports that the Government has allowed a private contractor to send British citizens text message telling them to leave the country demonstrates once more just how shambolic and incompetent the Home Office’s border police is under Theresa May.
“This government have consistently failed on immigration, even by their own standards, with the number of foreign criminals deported dropping by over 13% since the election, border checks being cut with only half as many people stopped, and illegal immigration getting worse.
“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 taxpayer’s hard earned money to offend and alienate its own citizens.”