Civil liberty campaigners have understandably been horrified by these revelations and have accused the UK government of adopting a 'border on every street' policy. Martha Spurrier director of Liberty commented “Using homeless charities to spy on the homeless is a new low, even for a government bent on bringing border controls into every corner of our lives.Turning unaccountable citizens into immigration officers can only lead to racial profiling, discrimination and alienation, raising tensions in already divided communities".
Corporate Watch is rightly calling on workers with homelessness charities to stop acting as an arm of the UK immigration services and to stop passing on information about rough sleepers to the Home Office. And later this morning from 10am there will be an online protest in the form of a twitter and email 'storm' against homelessness charities that are cooperating with the Home Office on forced removals. For more details of the online protest and how to participate visit this link https://nelmacampaigns.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/homelessness-charities-and-local-authorities-complicit-in-detention-and-deportation-of-rough-sleeping-eu-nationals/
And given the reported difficulties EU nationals are apparently going to face to remain in the UK following Brexit - like filling in forms nearly 100 pages long - Van's like the one pictured above are likely to become a common feature on UK streets http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/eu-citizens-rights-uk-brexit-application-permanent-residency-form-85-pages-european-union-a7613991.html