A few of us wrote this letter to the Guardian on recent government initiatives on immigration. It was signed by over 250 people and was published on 6th August 2013.

Action Against Racism and Xenophobia

This letter was published in The Guardian on 6th August 2013.

If you agree with it, please also sign this petition.

We are writing to express our concern about recent Government initiatives against irregular immigration (“Immigration spot checks not racist, says Home Office“, 3 August). The most recent of these include the ‘Go Home’ van campaign, which echoes the National Front graffiti slogans in the 1970s, and the immigration raids on tube stations in poor, mixed urban areas, which according to Doreen Lawrence and eyewitness accounts have involved racial profiling. Proposals to require tourists from six Asian and African countries to pay a £3000 bond; to charge non-EU migrants for healthcare; and to require private landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants also open the door to a great deal of discrimination and abuse. These initiatives, combined with their promotion through inflammatory language on…

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