British 'migrants go home' van stirs controversy
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's government on Monday defended a controversial campaign featuring lorries with billboards urging illegal immigrants to "go home or face arrest", after criticism from a senior minister.
Two trucks, each displaying a huge poster with a number for migrants to text if they wish to return to their country of origin, were driven around six London boroughs for a week in a pilot scheme by the interior ministry.
Posters, leaflets and advertisements in local newspapers will run for a further month.
Business Secretary Vince Cable, a member of the centrist Liberal Democrat party which is the junior partner in the coalition government with Prime Minister David Cameron's centre-right Conservatives, said the campaign was "stupid and offensive".